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Report of Conference on Rural development,
Washington DC November 14, 2000

On November 14, 2000, a Conference organized jointly by the Embassy of France and the Delegation of the European Commission entitled "The Role of Agriculture in Rural Development" took place in Washington, DC. It was attended by around 150 people (farmers and farmers’ representatives, Congress staffers, administration officials, interest groups, embassies).

The Conference showed that, despite the often-overshadowing transatlantic trade conflicts on agriculture, the EU and the US share common concerns as regards the well-being of rural areas. Indeed, while the US and EU pursue different routes relative to farm policy and rural development policy, they do try to reach the same goal: maintaining agriculture and fostering growth in the sector. Panelists highlighted the need for future agricultural policies to look beyond the traditional aspects of commodity-related programs and provide farmers with policies that encourage them to pursue their farming activity. They expressed concerns that in the absence of innovative approach and policies that would bring greater returns to farmers for their investments, both the US and the EU would be faced with the reality of greater exodus of farming and a major decline in new entrants.

For more information:

Press release [pdf, 17KB]
Summary [pdf, 37KB]


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