According to the September issue of the JRC MARS Crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, which was published today, yield forecasts for spring and summer crops have once again been revised slightly downwards at the EU level.
“The EPP and ECR groups always talk about the nexus between business and development, but when it comes down to a vote that ensures the business of forestry is beneficial to forest communities, they have shown their true colours. Today’s vote was an excellent opportunity at European level to ask for safeguards for indigenous people and forest communities in developing countries, in order to ensure that timber is not the next ‘conflict diamond’, and S&Ds are proud to have voted for, and won these measures.”
A recent study, co-authored by the JRC, finds that planting new hedgerows can provide an efficient, economical and sustainable solution that helps alleviate the isolation of natural habitats, and hence contributes to biodiversity conservation, with minor impacts on agricultural land use.
The August edition of the JRC’s Anomaly Hotspots of Agricultural Production (ASAP) assessment, which was published today, highlights hotspots in South-East Asia, Central America, the Middle East and parts of Africa.
The technologies on display at the Agriculture and Space Day exhibition demonstrated how Galileo, Europe’s global satellite navigation system, and Copernicus, Europe’s Earth observation and monitoring programme, are helping to develop the tools needed to ensure that Europe can compete in dynamic markets. This is no longer a discussion on a remote future – the technologies are being used in the here and now, helping farmers make informed decisions on every aspect of their business.