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January 22nd, 2012
European Commission Sticks to Plan for Environmental Measures

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The European Commission will resist calls by France, the European Union’s largest agricultural producer, to scale back environmental clauses within the 27- nation bloc’s new farm policy, a spokesman said. The commission doesn’t intend to dilute plans to allocate 30 percent of national agricultural budgets for environmental measures, leave 7 percent of farm land free of crops and force farmers to diversify crops they plant, said Roger Waite, a spokesman for the commission, in Berlin today, speaking for Dacian Ciolos, EU agriculture commissioner. Read More

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