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Dear dairy farmers and interested parties,

A more balanced market, thanks to the EMB’s proposals

EMB’s proposals have proven to be effective. We had called for an obligatory volume reduction programme to enable the market to emerge from the great milk price crisis of 2016; we had demanded that the European Union use the revenue generated by the super levy imposed in 2014-2015, totalling more than 1.2 billion euros, for this extraordinary intervention plan.

Even if the Commission did not implement our proposals in full, we can now say that more than 58,000 farms in Europe have backed them, although the resources used were far fewer than demanded. So we can rightly claim that the voluntary production reduction helped restore balance to the market, because milk prices are now much better than in spring 2016. In fact the price for a litre of milk, which in the far north of Europe was below the 20-cent mark, is now well over 30 cents a litre, and in some regions is even almost 35 cents.

What we have to do in the next few months is fight against the release of butter and milk powder stocks. Although milk farmers all over Europe are far from getting cost-covering prices, milk powder from market intervention is being released on the market.

Therefore the European Milk Board is organising a symbolic milk powder action on 23 January on the occasion of the meeting of EU Ministers of Agriculture in Brussels: “Milk powder from market intervention threatens milk price - Permanent crisis instrument NOW!!

Dairy farmers from all over Europe will show to the Ministers what are the consequences of their short-sighted policy!

We will continue to fight to make sure that the European Commission implements a legal framework for the Market Responsibility Programme. The positive experience of the last years shows that it is the only solution capable of stabilising the market in the long term.

Roberto Cavaliere, EMB Board member and president of APL Italy

EMB "milk powder action" on 23 January 2017 in Brussels


The milk crisis is far from being over!

Although milk farmers all over Europe are far from getting cost-covering prices, milk powder mountains from market intervention are being released on the market: 400.000 tons of skimmed milk powder are put on the market, thus strongly increasing the pressure on prices.


National contribution to EU aid package - path for implementation of volume discipline programme is finally clear

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After a stalemate of several weeks, the law to decree and amend the rules for market regulation as well as to amend income tax law in Germany has come into force in December 2016.


What can European farmers learn from the oil producers (OPEC)?


Oil is a valuable commodity and is not sold cheaply, this being ensured by OPEC. Food, though, is essential to sustain human life, and is sold in many countries at prices that do not even cover production costs. How is this possible?


Evaluation of the "Improving Market Outcomes" report of the Agricultural Markets Task Force

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Can the recommended measures stabilise the dairy sector?

The „Improving Market Outcomes“ report published by the Agricultural Markets Task Force in November 2016 puts forth recommendations to improve the position of farmers in the supply chain.


Red Line on International Trade Deals

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“Whether we remain in the EU for another two years plus or not, the same problem confronts the EU and No. 10 Downing Street [seat of UK’s prime minister]: that of current and future international trade deals facilitating food swaps for profit,” states William Taylor, FFA UK NI co-ordinator. 


Milk production on Malta

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On January 1, Malta took over the presidency of the European Council for the next six months - an occasion to shine a light on the dairy sector of the smallest EU Member State.

The island state of Malta has a stable dairy sector that steadily supplies the country's 423,000 inhabitants. Supply and demand are matched to prevent supply bottlenecks and surpluses.


EMB milk price comparison between countries (August to November 2016)

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The milk price in the last quarter of the year increased for almost all the dairies included in the comparison. While numerous farms still remained at about 20 cents per kilogramme at the end of the summer, prices in many countries now increased, in some cases even beyond 30 cents.


Agriculture: The purpose of agriculture is to feed our citizens

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The European Commission will reform the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) by the end of 2017. José Bové and Eric Andrieu argue for an agricultural system that puts the environment, human health and small businesses first.


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