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Gembloux: European dairy farmers elect Sieta van Keimpema as the new President of the EMB
EMB: The Green Deal cannot become a reality without respect for economic and social sustainability At its recent General Assembly, the European Milk Board (EMB) elected current Vice-President Sieta van Keimpema from the Netherlands as its new President. Kjartan Poulsen from Denmark was chosen by the members for the post of Vice-President. In addition, current Executive Committee members...
Europe’s family farmers call for a rejection of the EU-Mercosur agreement
Not just corrections, but a new orientation. We need a trade policy that ensures fair, cost-covering prices, protects the environment, and upholds human rights. In a joint declaration by European farmers, 43 farmer organisations in 14 countries – Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain (incl. Basque Country and...
Dairy farmers from all over Europe calling for an effective crisis instrument!
Discussions about dairy sector at international conference in Montichiari (Montichiari, 15/11/2019) While newly-elected representatives are starting their jobs at the EU institutions in Brussels, dairy-farmer representatives from 15 European countries met yesterday and today in the Italian city of Montichiari near Lake Garda. The discussions about the dairy sector centred around the...
Heat waves and storms: How are they affecting Europe's dairy farmers?
Many European countries have been dealing with a drought for a few months now. According to the Copernicus service on monitoring climate change, July 2019 was the hottest month since 1880, when periodic measurements were introduced. Especially in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, heat records were smashed.Drought makes things difficult for Europe's dairy farmers. The European...
Milk producers are critical about Mercosur Agreement
Arrangements are disadvantageous to consumers and producers Brussels, 2 July 2019: The milk producers of the European Milk Board (EMB) have expressed severe misgivings about the recent trade agreement between the EU and the Mercosur countries. As EMB Vice-President Sieta van Keimpema explains, it is problematic for the dairy and the beef sector as well. The recently-approved generous beef...
Farmers’ border demonstration to demand a stop to CETA & Co.
Border crossing Lichtenbusch/Aachen on 25 January 2019 (Lichtenbusch, 25.01.2019) With their tractors, farmers from 17 European organisations and two umbrella organisations are demonstrating together with civil society actors for an EU trade policy that is fair and climate-friendly around the globe. For a Europe with solidarity. No relaunch of TTIP. Today’s demonstration at the German-...
Milk cost study shows: There is a gap between production costs and producer prices
Overview published with the latest figures from France, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands (Brussels, 10.10.2018) The results of the latest milk production cost calculations in six European countries show in objective economic terms – black on white – that daily business for milk producers is grim: Milk production costs and farm-gate prices are moving further apart!...
EU volume reduction program 2 years
2018/07/18. Today, 2 years ago - on 18 July 2016 - Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan announced the EU volume reduction program.  The measure has been a great success and has shown that even small reductions have a big effect on producer prices.     Watch a little movie here:     Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/europeanmilkboard.en/   ...
Drought causes discomfort for Europe's dairy farmers
Large parts of Europe have experienced major losses due to the continued heatwave. After a wet spring in countries like Ireland, the United Kingdom and France, the dry weather is now negatively affecting pastures, hay and silage production as well as cereal and straw production. As a consequence of the drought, milk producers are missing key, self-produced feed. One can expect production...
Prevent future dairy crises! Ensure long-term milk production!
Milk producers from all over Europe reiterate their demand for a legally-anchored, effective volume control mechanism to deal with crises (Hoznayo/Brussels, 23 November 2017) Dairy farmers from 14 European associations called for a legal framework that provides for a volume reduction crisis instrument as part of the CAP at the recent Members' Assembly of the European Milk Board (EMB) in...
Stripped to the bone - higher butter prices do not end misery in the dairy sector
Invitation to a press conference and demonstration on 26.10.2017 in Brussels Dear member of the press, In spite of the current high butter prices, they still dip very often to painful lows – the prices paid to producers for a litre of milk. As recent cost studies from the five largest milk-producing countries in the EU show, production costs are nowhere near covered by these prices. This...
335 euros as honest price threshold for intervention milk powder
(Brussels, 15/05/17) There was too much milk powder in the past and still the milk market cannot cope with it: there are currently some 350,000 tons of skimmed milk powder stored in intervention, and in view of the tense situation in the EU milk market that volume lies as heavy as lead in the stomach. Although at present raw milk prices in the EU are a little higher than a few months ago, at...