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Dear dairy farmers and interested parties,

For 60 years, the agricultural sector has been facing one crisis after the other, and today we can affirm that we are continually in crisis.

The industrialisation of agriculture was meant to provide solutions and most notably, revenue... Sixty years on, we have an industrial farming model that is a giant with feet of clay, characterised by chronic debt, and farmers who cannot survive without subsidies and who produce astronomic volumes of milk, meat, vegetables and food grains. Storage needs to be subsidised. Even more subsidies are required to offload these excesses on third countries (in Africa and beyond), which is a death sentence for African peasant farmers and leads to changes in local food habits. All this for the inadmissible, and not admitted, goal of tapping into new export markets. And then we wonder why millions of migrants are making their way to Europe!

A different agriculture is possible. Farmers do not only produce food. They maintain the land and fulfil a social function. In fact, our cities are built in concrete, glass and steel; they are increasingly dehumanised, leading to abnormal social developments: loneliness, depression, schizophrenia, etc. Thinking that farmers should be compensated for all the other contributions they make to society, in addition to producing food, is not really a stretch. Agriculture can be a source of employment, of energy production and can be an activity that creates a link between people, thus giving purpose to each person's life. Agriculture can be all this, and much more.

​The upcoming reform of the Common Agricultural Policy must choose between these two paths: It can promote the industrialisation of agriculture which will lead us straight to a planetary "Chernobyl", or it can reorient toward small-scale farming which will, once again, place people at the centre of society and will lead us to El Dorado.

Boris Gondouin, APLI France

Appeal to the EU Council, Parliament and Commission: Adopt the Parliament's proposal regarding the “Omnibus” Regulation!

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We all saw that the voluntary supply reduction in 2016 and 2017 was effective. You can imagine not only us farmers but also EU policy-makers breathing a sigh of relief when it finally put a stop to the constant slump in prices.

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Belgium criticises French project in the dairy sector

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It is very understandable that some EU Member States search for their own ways of overcoming a deadlock if the EU lacks to put into place stabilising policy measures.

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Brexit is setting a CAP ‘trap’ and the Commission must not fall into it

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The reports circulating that the weight of the reductions to the EU budget that will result from the disappearance of the UK’s contribution will fall on CAP are profoundly alarming. In terms of economic impact and positive multiplier effect there’s no disputing the fact that the EU’s Direct Payments are the most significant factor in very large areas of our State.

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Hearing of experts in the Bavarian Parliament: BDM stimulates debate on fundamental orientation of CAP

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The further development of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2020 was the subject of the meeting of the Bavarian Parliament’s Agriculture Committee, at which experts from agricultural associations, the federal government and the EU were heard.

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Current milk production costs for Germany: 42 cents/kilo of milk

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Since 2012 there has been a realistic method for calculating milk production costs in the dairy sector. The German Office for Agriculture and Agricultural Sociology (Büro für Agrarsoziologie, BAL) takes official EU data to work out the costs of producing a kilo of milk and puts them in proportion to the farm-gate price at the time. Here are the latest figures for Germany:

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Austria: Berglandmilch threatens to stop buying farmers’ milk

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Outwardly, calm has been restored. Internally, the dairy sector is still seething – with old bills, disputed contracts and small farms’ struggle for survival. The background: in the spring, 37 farmers had no buyer for their milk.

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When JEFTA comes, farmers will have to go

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At the beginning of July, the EU and Japan announced that they have agreed on the basic principles of a free trade agreement (JEFTA). The provisions of the agreement are scheduled to enter into force in early 2019.

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The European Milk Board calls on Agriculture Commissioner Hogan to stop selling storage stocks at junk prices

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On June 20, the European Commission approved the sale of a further 100 tons of skimmed milk powder from public intervention storage at a price of €185/100kg. According to the European Milk Board, these sales at below-value prices negatively affect the European and international dairy market.

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