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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
The European Commission is supporting European farmers in the face of the current extreme drought situations by enabling higher advanced payments and granting more flexibility for farmers to use land that would normally not be used for production, in order to feed their animals, in addition to support under the existing Common Agricultural Policy legislation.
Through its monthly MARS crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, the JRC informs the Commission and the general public on the impact of weather conditions on EU crops and grassland areas.
After the cold and wet conditions of the past winter and a speedy recovery in April, the Bulletin has reported a steady decline in crop yield forecasts and pasture conditions due to continuing dry conditions in large parts of northern central and northern Europe since May-June this year.
Over the past six weeks, the JRC also has provided many updates and ad hoc analyses on specific requests of DG AGRI, mostly focusing on the condition of pasture areas, and has made several presentations to Member States representatives and sector stakeholders.
The next MARS crop monitoring in Europe Bulletin, which will provide updated crop forecasts, will be issued on 27 August 2018.