France’s new wine regions

Elisabeth Fosso - 11-janv.-2016 13:28:56
  For the first time in history, the French wine sector experiences a mini-liberalisation with the addition of 8,000 ha of new vineyards. It represents a 1% increase of the wine growing area. The new regulation – approved by the European Commission, enables winemakers to produce a new wine "appellation" or label to be called VSIG (Vins sans Indication Géographique: Wines without Geographic Indication).   Many in the wine business criticize the new regulation and consider that it can taint the reputation of the business as a whole and the traditional notion of "terroir" as the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with plant genetics, express in agricultural products. Indeed, terroir is the principle that justifies the protection of large parts of French agriculture. On the other hand, merchants and wine-producing companies believe that it will bring in new ideas and foster the development of new brands for the international market.   Eight years of tough negotiations in Brussels led to this and as of January 1 st , the rules on planting new vines in the EU have changed.       Sources: ,   © Getty images  

Agricultural issues at stake during the COP 21 climate conference

Elisabeth Fosso - 15-déc.-2015 11:22:22
  From November 30 th to December 11 th , Paris hosted the 21 st Conference of the Parties (COP 21), where 195 countries gathered to find an agreement on climate change. Among the 180 states who published their intentions to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, more than a hundred included the agricultural industry in their plan. French minister for Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll created several projects to tackle the issue of global warming, as agriculture accounts for 19% of the national greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, the government officially launched the “4 per 1000” initiative on December 1 st . It aims at demonstrating that agriculture, and agricultural soils in particular, can play a crucial role where food security and climate change are concerned. Therefore, a “4‰” annual growth rate of the soil carbon stock would make it possible to stop the present increase in atmospheric CO 2 . Hundreds of states, institutions and international NGOs already manifested an interest in this initiative. Stéphane Le Foll also presented the “Beef Carbon” project that plans a 15% drop in greenhouse gas effects for the beef meat sector by 2025.      Sources : La France Agricole,   © Xavier Remongin    

Sommet de l’élevage

Elisabeth Fosso - 16-oct.-2015 10:41:41
Europe’s main livestock show took place in Clermont-Ferrand during three days. Along with the SPACE 2015, it is one of the main events in the French agricultural industry. From Wednesday 7 th October to Friday 9 th , 1300 exhibitors gathered to welcome 85,000 professionals as well as 4,000 foreigners. About 70 countries were represented including newcomers such as Greece, Hungary, New-Zealand and Australia. The Sommet de l’élevage is thus the second biggest agricultural event after the Paris Agricultural Show.   Even though Clermont-Ferrand is the cradle of the biggest cattle breed, cows were not allowed to attend the show due to outbreaks of blue tongue in the region. Only sheep and horses could be represented for sanitary reasons. Yet, the main objective remained trade and exports for farmers in a crisis context, and international visitors could still discover some French breeding farms. Source:,,,  

SPACE 2015: the international livestock trade fair

Elisabeth Fosso - 15-sept.-2015 16:53:58
The 29 th international exhibition of livestock production takes place in Rennes (France) from September 15 th to 18 th in the midst of the agricultural crisis. The estimated 100,000 visitors will discover the full range of equipment; services and other latest developments that will help improve the competitiveness of farms.   The exhibition will focus on innovation in the livestock sector as well as the cooperation with international agricultural industries. 1441 exhibitors coming from 39 countries are expected today. The ever-growing number of foreign exhibitors points out the huge international impact of the trade fair.   Despite the crisis, farmers want to find solutions and create synergies as they understand the importance of looking ahead to the future.   Sources :,  

A good year for French wine despite drop in production

Myriam Kajji - 14-sept.-2015 15:13:02
The French grape harvest was slightly lower in 2015 compared to last year due to a lack of rain, but industry professionals are still expecting an exceptional vintage. The French ministry of agriculture’s figures are always eagerly awaited by wine lovers the world over, particularly since France reclaimed its status as the world’s top wine producer last year after a two-year slump due to heavy rains and low temperatures. France is on track to produce 46.5 hectolitres of wine in 2015, a decrease of 1 percent compared to 2014. France has just made its way through the third-hottest July since 1900 with less than half the rain than usual, according to French meteorologists, which impacts the size of the grapes. The ministry’s statistics department said the year’s harvest should nevertheless still be higher than the annual average for the past five years, or 45.6 million hectolitres of wine. The agriculture ministry added that recent improved meteorological conditions could even push the figures higher in the coming weeks. A very good year Despite the slight decline in volume in France, winegrowers are promising an exceptional 2015 vintage. “It’s turning into a rather good year, thanks to full ripeness, with very promising flavours and fermentation,” Jérôme Despey, president of the FranceAgriMer trade group, told AFP. While many French agricultural sectors struggled through the heat wave and ensuing drought this summer, Despey said those conditions were good for vineyards.

SIMA – International Farm Machinery Trade Show

Aymar de Colnet - 23-févr.-2015 13:43:36
  The SIMA show takes place in Paris from F ebruary, 22nd to 26th in margin of the Paris International Agricultural Show. The SIMA  is a world trade show for agricultural and farming suppliers. SIMA offers a comprehensive range of products to meet all the needs of a farm operation. SIMA has become an unmissable event for professionals who want to reach Europe’s leading agricultural market, boost international presence, be alongside world leaders, introduce innovative products, meet investors and take orders. Some key figures about the 2013 edition : 17 000 exhibitors from 42 countries on over 27 hectares, and 248 800 professionals visitors from 145 countries . Agricultural machinery in France is a growing sector and the outlook for this innovative industry is very bright with thousands of jobs available. Innovation leads this industry in France : t he French National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) is currently working on automated machines . For example , INRA is developing a small robot equipped with a spraying kit and a camera that will localize the weeds and drive the machine in the plots for a precise action.   Farmers, traders, importers, agents, and cooperatives you are really welcome to attend the show! If you would like further information, please have a look at SIMA’s w ebsite:

4 key figures about French production of farm machinery

KOVALICEK Laura - 10-juin-2014 12:04:14
In 2012, European production turnover of agricultural equipment goes over 40Bn EUR. With 4,6Bn EUR, France represents 15% of the world production, just after Germany and Italy. 1.49 Bn EUR - Production of agricultural tractors in France, according to Axema It is the most important French production in value: it represents 17.5% of European production. Currently, France counts two tractors’ producers: CLAAS based in Le Mans (Sarthe, 72) which celebrates this year the production of its 100 000 th tractor and MASSEY-FERGUSON, based in Beauvais (Oise, 60). In 2015, KUBOTA will start producing in France: it will be based in Bierne (Nord, 59). It is also important to note that France is the 1 st European market for agricultural tractors, the 5 th European exporter (8%) and the 2 nd European importer (13%) of tractors. 31, 5 % - Percentage of European soil preparation tools which are produced in France (most important French contribution in European production) In 2012, 152 189 soil preparation tools were produced in France. France is the 5 th European exporter in this sector (73M EUR)and the 2 nd importer (120M EUR). European production of soil preparation tools has reached 1,2Bn EUR in 2012 (+11% compared to 2011). Carts have known the most important increase: +18.8%. 15.000 – Size of French industry of agricultural equipment It is twice time less than the 1 st European constructor of farm machineries which is Germany with 32 000 employees. The 2 nd European constructor is Italy with 24 000 employees and 2000 companies. The European sector of agricultural equipment counts more than 29 000 companies: 7 000 industrial structures and 22 000 trading companies which employ 280 000 persons. - 1.589.439.000 EUR - French trade balance in 2013 for agricultural equipment. Source :
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