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  1. Organic food and sustainable agriculture

    Food scares have increased consumer awareness in all aspects of food safety and quality. As a result, consumers have increasingly expressed preferences with respect to agricultural practices and geographical origin. Policy makers also have recognised the ...

    30 April 2014

  2. Farming in the EU

    The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), representing the second largest share of the EU budget, is an evolving policy area. In the two last decades, support to farmers evolved from price support towards direct payment decoupled from production. Further refo ...

    30 April 2014

  3. Agricultural markets and international trade

    The EU is the first trader in agricultural products of the world, both in terms of exports and imports. Agricultural trade helps to answer possible food production shortages due to climatic or other reasons. Ultimately, it contributes to the prosperity of ...

    19 January 2015

  4. Rural development

    Rural areas in the EU represent, according to a standard definition, 91 % of the territory and 56 % of the population. Many of these rural areas face significant environmental and socio-economic challenges. Agricultural practices put pressure on the rural ...

    30 April 2014

  5. Agricultural technological innovation

    The need for technological development in agriculture to achieve "sustainable intensification" is on the agenda of governments and international bodies. Innovation is also at the centre of the EU2020 strategy. New technologies and their adoption ...

    30 April 2014

  6. Agricultural monitoring

    Agricultural monitoring is carried out at the JRC mainly to distinguish, identify and measure the main crop production areas in Europe, estimate production early in the year and check the validity of farmers’ applications for EU subsidies. The European Co ...

    30 April 2014

  7. Crop yield forecasting

    Crop yield forecasts and crop production estimates are necessary at EU and Member State level to provide the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) decision makers with timely information for rapid decision-making during the growing season. Estimates of cr ...

    30 April 2014

  8. Agricultural biodiversity

    Agricultural land covers almost half of Europe’s territory. Technological development, mechanisation, agro-chemicals and genetic research have led to structural modifications in farming practices and put pressure on the environment, leading to soil deplet ...

    30 April 2014

  9. Water retention of salt affected soils: quantitative estimation using soil survey information

    Article presenting a quantative estimation of the water retention of salt affected soils using soil survey information. Soil water retention (SWR) at-0.1,-33,-1500 and-150000 kPa matric potentials and available water content (AWC) were estimated from info ...

    30 April 2014

  10. The first year of implementation of the LPIS quality assessment in the frame of Comm. Reg. No 1122/2009 art. 6.2

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report presenting the JRC activities and developments of the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) quality assurance framework during 2011. This document reports on the JRC activities on and developments of the LPI ...

    30 April 2014

  11. LPIS Quality Assurance Framework- ANNEX III: The concept of land cover and “eligible hectares"

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report describing the concept of the land cover mapping used in the Executable Test Suite (ETS) and the way to express the raw ETS observations (mapped land cover and landscape features) in eligibility terms, using an ...

    30 April 2014

  12. The certification of the mass fractions of elements in bovine muscle (ERM®-BB184)

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report describes the preparation of a bovine muscle matrix reference material ERM® BB184, and the certification of the contents (mass fractions) of seven elements.   This report describes the preparation of a bovine m ...

    30 April 2014

  13. Facilitating an area-based development approach in rural regions in the Western Balkans

    JRC Scientific and Technical report covering an exercise where a defined development approach (ABD) has been tested in a rural cross border case study area in the Western Balkans. The present report covers an exercise where a defined development approach ...

    30 April 2014

  14. La componente ambiental en la PAC

    JRC article describing the evolution of the agri-environmental policy in the European Union. In this chapter is described the evolution of the agri-environmental policy in the European Union. In particular the main measures applied in each member state ar ...

    30 April 2014

  15. Job creation and job destruction in EU agriculture

    JRC article studying job creation and destruction in EU agriculture. This is the first paper to study job creation and destruction in EU agriculture. We disaggregate gross employment patterns and net job flows into detailed intra-sectoral labour adjustmen ...

    30 April 2014

  16. Rental market regulations for agricultural land in EU Member states and candidate countries

    Article describing the regulations governing the rental markets for agricultural land in selected EU Member States and candidate countries. In this paper, we describe the regulations governing the rental markets for agricultural land in selected EU member ...

    30 April 2014

  17. LPIS Quality Assurance Framework- ETS Annex I- LPIS data quality measures, version 5.1

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report containing the definition and comprehensive description of the quality measures of the Land Parcel Identification System (LPIS) data, which provide the necessary and sufficient information to properly evaluate ...

    30 April 2014

  18. Updated common bio-physical criteria to define natural constraints for agriculture in Europe: Definition and scientific justification for the common biophysical criteria

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report providing the scientific and agronomic rationale for bio-physical criteria, identifying natural constraints (soil and climate) to agriculture in EU27. A panel of soil, climate and land evaluation experts review ...

    30 April 2014

  19. 39th Plenary meeting report of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (PLEN-12-01)

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report comprising assessments of STECF Expert Working Group reports and additional requests submitted to the STECF by the Commission. Topics dealt with ranged from fisheries economics to management plan evaluation iss ...

    30 April 2014

  20. MARS Bulletin Vol. 20 No. 1

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report detailing the results of the Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS (MARS) Unit Bulletin, Volume 20, No.1. There were milder than usual thermal conditions over most of Europe, providing favourable conditions for the ...

    30 April 2014

  21. MARS Bulletin Vol 20, No 3

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report detailing the results of the Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS (MARS) Unit Bulletin, Volume 20, No.3. third Bulletin 2012 BARUTH Bettina MAIORANO ANDREA VASSILEV Vassil SEGUINI LORENZO NIEMEYER Stefan BETTIO Ma ...

    30 April 2014

  22. MARS Bulletin Vol. 20, No. 4

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report detailing the results of the Monitoring Agricultural ResourceS (MARS) Unit Bulletin, Volume 20, No.4. A very mild but predominantly dry March boosted the start of the season in central and eastern Europe, but h ...

    30 April 2014

  23. EFSA Spatial Data Version 1.1: Data Properties and Processing

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report presenting update to the previous data, referred to as European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Spatial Data Version 1.1, in the context of submissions of exposure estimates of pesticides in the soil and according ...

    30 April 2014

  24. Determination of semduramicin in poultry feed additive, premixture and compound feed by liquid chromatography and UV spectrophotometric detection after post-column derivatisation

    JRC article in journal describing a method for the determination of semduramicin in poultry compound feed, premixtures and feed additive as well as its discrimination from other coccidiostats in poultry compound feed. A new, simple and fit for purpose met ...

    30 April 2014

  25. The agri-food sector in Ukraine: Current situation and market outlook until 2025

    JRC Scientific and Technical Research Report giving an overview on the Ukrainian agri-food sector and providing an outlook for the developments in agricultural markets for Ukraine, focusing on the main agricultural commodities. This report gives an overvi ...

    30 April 2014