News from France

14-11-2014 00:11 AM
Researchers 'appalled' as EU chief scientist role is axed
Researchers across Europe have expressed dismay at the scrapping of the role of EU Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA). The EU Commission confirmed that...
07-11-2014 01:28 AM
Danone loses bid to speed up Fonterra suit
French dairy giant Danone may have to wait until 2018 to take its $545 million claim against the Fonterra Group to trial after its application to lift...
06-11-2014 00:03 AM
Irate French farmers hand out fruit and veg
Angry French farmers handed out free fruit and vegetables to all comers in Paris on Wednesday as they called for "food patriotism" to save their livel...
25-09-2014 01:55 AM
Agriculture alliance calls on the EU to boost innovation and jobs
A coalition representing Europe’s agriculture and food industries has called on the EU to boost innovation and jobs within the sector, which has come ...
25-09-2014 01:52 AM
France to provide aid for farmers hit by falling revenues
The French government said Wednesday that it would provide aid for the country's farmers, in a bid to appease fruit and vegetable producers whose frus...
22-09-2014 02:14 AM
French farmers torch tax office in Brittany protest
French vegetable farmers protesting against falling living standards have set fire to tax and insurance offices in town of Morlaix, in Brittany. Th...
04-09-2014 03:14 AM
BRF said near agreement with Lactalis to sell dairy unit
BRF SA, Brazil’s biggest food company by market value, is said to be in advanced talks with France’s Groupe Lactalis to sell its dairy business, a per...
29-08-2014 02:07 AM
EU widens aid to dairy exporters hit by Russia food ban
The EU has announced emergency help for dairy producers hit by the Russian ban on food imports from the EU. The move follows EU aid worth 125m euro...
26-08-2014 02:52 AM
Europe's farmers feel the weight of Russian ban
On Aug. 7, trucks carrying French cheese were turned away at the Russian border and forced to make a 1,240-mile return trip with fast-ripening cargoes...
21-08-2014 03:42 AM
How to milk gains out of the dairy industry
The dairy industry in the European Union is on the cusp of a massive shake-up. Come April 2015, a quota system that has limited milk production in mem...
19-08-2014 02:04 AM
French beetles flown in to clean up Australia’s cattle dung
The average cow drops between 10 and 12 dung pads (also known as “pats”) every day and just one of those cow pads can produce up to 3,000 flies in a f...
15-08-2014 05:30 AM
EU to compensate farmers hit by Russian import ban
The European Union next week will start a program to compensate farmers particularly hard hit by Russia's ban on imports of European fruit and vegetab...
06-08-2014 13:03 PM
“Exceptional Year” for Agriculture in French Region Île de France
This year seems to be atypical for agriculture in the French region Île-de-France. With no less than 11.9 million inhabitants, or 19% of the national ...
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...