News from France

28-07-2014 01:22 AM
Decline in EU wholesale dairy prices slows down
European dairy commodity markets have shown some signs of moderation in June and July according to DairyCo. It says with the exception of cheese, t...
21-07-2014 09:26 AM
Danone buys stake in Kenyan dairy firm
Danone was buying a 40 percent stake in Brookside, east Africa’s top dairy producer, as part of plans to expand in new markets, the French food group ...
04-07-2014 09:26 AM
Seed makers gearing up for French wheat protein challenge
France's seed industry is under pressure to help boost the protein content of wheat as the European Union's largest exporter of the grain looks to saf...
11-06-2014 00:51 AM
EU wildlife grants will be used to grow crops
Grants designed to protect the countryside have been controversially switched to pay England's farmers to grow beans and peas. The EU's new rules o...
28-05-2014 02:35 AM
French farms suffer as thieves pilfer stock
French farmers are having to lock up everything from their sheep and produce to fuel and tractors as thieves are increasingly targeting the places tha...
07-05-2014 00:44 AM
Alsace farmers launch €3m scheme to save endangered hamster
French authorities have launched a €3 million (£2.5 million) plan to save an endangered hamster from extinction. During the five-year project farme...
16-04-2014 02:16 AM
French parliament bans genetically modified maize
France’s lower house of parliament passed a law Tuesday prohibiting genetically modified (GM) maize from being grown, citing environmental concerns. T...
08-04-2014 02:43 AM
French organic winegrower fined for refusing to spray grapes with pesticide
A French organic winegrower who refused to spray his Burgundy vineyard with pesticide was ordered on Monday to pay a €500 fine for flouting official r...
04-04-2014 03:54 AM
EU reforms organic farming
The European Commission proposed new regulation to control organic food production. However, increasing regulations in order to improve credibility is...
20-03-2014 05:05 AM
French maize growers, seedmakers to appeal GMO ban again
French farmers and seed firms say they will mount a new challenge to a ban on growing genetically modified maize at the country’s top administrative c...
11-03-2014 03:36 AM
More and more farmers using drones in France
Thanks to a startup company, farmers are starting to use drones to dose manure and maintain watering levels, whilst scientists are getting help with t...
21-02-2014 08:51 AM
West European wheat in good shape despite drenching
Wheat crops in western Europe appear in generally good condition despite heavy rains and flooding in parts of Britain and France, analysts said on Thu...
14-02-2014 00:44 AM
EU ministers link GM crops approval to future elections
Leading EU agricultural nations remain steadfast in their battle against GM crops. Dozen national European ministers warn against approving GM maize a...
13-02-2014 02:37 AM
Danone to double stake in China dairy firm for $665m
France's Danone SA (DANO.PA) will spend $665 million to lift its effective stake in China's top dairy firm, China Mengniu Dairy Co Ltd (2319.HK) as it...
07-02-2014 01:12 AM
Will France reinstate ban on GMO crops?
French lawmakers have launched a push to restore a ban on cultivating Monsanto's genetically modified corn in the country. A senator of the country...
22-01-2014 01:35 AM
French beef output seen rising by Livestock Institute
Beef output in France, Europe’s biggest producer of the meat, is predicted to climb 2.8 percent this year after a dairy herd expansion in 2013 boosted...
21-01-2014 02:58 AM
EU wheat hits three-month low on plentiful global supply
European wheat futures extended losses on Monday to hit their lowest in more than three months as plentiful global supply continued to take the shine ...
16-01-2014 00:05 AM
European wheat futures ease on rising global supply
European wheat futures eased on Tuesday on the prospect of rising global supply, restrained near a three-month low by looming chart resistance. Paris ...
15-01-2014 02:49 AM
EU sees rising food output by 2023 on export and biofuel demand
European Union production of foodstuffs from cheese to poultry to wheat is predicted to climb by 2023 on demand for exports and the manufacturing of b...
15-01-2014 02:48 AM
Steady growth in EU arable crop output to 2023 forecast
The arable crop production in the European Union will reach 316 million tonnes by 2023 and feed and food demand are expected to increase only marginal...
15-01-2014 02:35 AM
Over €12.5bn committed to agriculture over the next seven years
The government has announced €12.5 billion of funding for the agricultural sector over the next seven years. Most of the funding comes from the EU’...
02-01-2014 15:14 PM
Pesticides in French Wine
Organic wine producers in the Burgundy region of France are facing prosecution for refusing to use pesticides. This move is perplexing given the Minis...
19-12-2013 10:48 AM
EU wheat weaker as export prospects decline
European wheat futures were weaker on Wednesday as the market examined a setback for French wheat in the latest international purchase tender from Egy...
17-12-2013 11:04 AM
Falling cereal value hits French farmers’ income
France’s agricultural income per farmer dropped by 16.4% in 2013, largely due to the country's dependence on revenue from cereals, according to the Eu...
06-11-2013 02:58 AM
French poultry workers protest employer plans
French poultry workers have occupied a local government building in protest against their employer’s plans to downsize production following EU’s decis...
25-10-2013 03:13 AM
Danone, Abraaj aquire fan milk
Danone and The Abraaj Group announced a partnership agreement where Danone will join Abraaj in the acquisition of Fan Milk International. "This tr...
11-10-2013 05:24 AM
French farming hit by a suicide every two days
In France, a farmer commits suicide every two days. That’s the shocking statistic quoted in a new report released on Thursday, which will set alarm be...
03-10-2013 01:40 AM
Landscape of French farming set to change
President François Hollande has reversed decades of French farm policy by channelling subsidies away from intensive, highly-mechanised producers towar...
20-09-2013 08:32 AM
Farm subsidies rising in world's biggest economies
Farm subsidies in the world's biggest economies rose in 2012, the OECD said, reversing a long-term trend as governments poured more funding into agric...
20-09-2013 08:20 AM
155 French Montbéliarde dairy cattle imported
The Khishigten Nuudelchin company started a project to establish a dairy farm last year in Mongolia, and as a result, 155 Montbéliarde cattle were imp...
05-09-2013 02:51 AM
French dairy industry looks to capitalise on NZ's woes
Chair of the Infant Formula Exporter Council Michael Barnett says foreign dairy companies are taking advantage of the botulism scare and are looking t...
03-09-2013 05:19 AM
Paris wheat rises as dry weather threatens world grain supplies
Milling wheat rose in Paris on concern global grain output will be smaller than previously expected amid dry weather in the U.S., even as a report sho...
29-08-2013 01:56 AM
European wheat prices fall, awaits Egypt's tender results
European wheat prices slid on Wednesday, taking a cue from a dip in US grain prices as operators booked profits after Monday's surge on concerns that ...
21-08-2013 02:01 AM
EU set for big wheat crop despite weather swings
The European Union's main wheat producers have gathered a bumper harvest despite worries the long winter and hot summer would damage crops, traders an...
20-08-2013 02:14 AM
French egg producers seek to export to ease price crisis
French egg producers, faced with a slump in prices linked to overproduction, said Monday they would remove 15 million eggs from the domestic market an...
13-08-2013 02:54 AM
French minister to meet farmers after egg-smashing rampage
France’s minister of agriculture is set to hold crisis talks with farmers, after producers smashed half a million eggs on roads demanding that egg pro...
09-08-2013 02:54 AM
EU wheat prices drift down as bumper harvests loom
European wheat futures edged lower in thin trade on Wednesday, remaining close to Tuesday's contract lows, weakened by good harvest prospects in the n...
09-08-2013 02:34 AM
French poultry farmers smash eggs over low prices
Furious French poultry farmers have smashed 200,000 eggs outside a tax office and supermarkets in Brittany in protest at low prices they blame on the ...
02-08-2013 03:39 AM
French court lifts ban on Monsanto GM corn
A moratorium on MON810 corn - one of just two types of genetically altered food crops whose cultivation is approved by the EU - has been in place in ...
01-08-2013 01:29 AM
French environmentalists warn of genetically modified crops
French environmentalists say genetically modified organisms have been smuggled into France in violation of laws regarding genetically modified crops. ...
30-07-2013 02:26 AM
Herbicides linked to farmer depression
Killing weeds with toxic chemicals might be making farmers clinically sad. A study of more than 700 French farmers and farmworkers found that those...
25-07-2013 02:32 AM
CAP budget in France will reach $10 billion annually
For 2014/2024, the CAP budget in France will reach $10 billion annually for direct payments from the first pillar and $1.8 billion for the second pill...
22-07-2013 01:17 AM
EU stops export refunds on poultry industry
A European Union move to scrap export refunds on poultry this week has raised an outcry in France, the main beneficiary of the subsidies, as firms sai...
12-07-2013 01:34 AM
Biofuels from food crops to be capped following MEPs' vote
EU Parliamentarians have approved proposals to limit the contribution of conventional biofuels toward its green transport targets, in a move producers...
09-07-2013 00:25 AM
EU-U.S. Trade: A Tale Of Two Farms
U.S. and EU officials begin talks Monday on an ambitious free-trade agreement aimed at generating billions of dollars of new trade. But negotiators mu...
24-06-2013 10:10 AM
Farmers take over Paris streets
Several thousand farmers took to the streets of Paris with their animals to highlight problems in the farming industry – with mounting debts and incre...
18-06-2013 09:03 AM
Europe is standing in Africa's way on agricultural expansion
European policy-makers are considering legislation to solve a problem that does not exist and creating circumstances that will relegate African agricu...
13-06-2013 09:26 AM
EU allergy laws target French lavender farmers
EU attempts to tighten up regulations on chemicals have French lavender farmers and essential oil distillers angry at what they call over-zealous rule...
09-04-2013 08:50 AM
Chinese dairy producer secures French milk factory deal
Synutra International Inc. has been given approval from China's commerce authorities to go ahead with a 100-million-euro (130 million U.S. dollars) in...
28-03-2013 09:07 AM
Pesticides short-circuit bee brains: study
Pesticides used by farmers to protect crops or bee hives can scramble the brain circuits of honeybees, affecting memory and navigation skills needed t...