State offers half of farmers’ demands

Lobbyists for Norwegian farmers were fuming on Friday after the government responded to their demand for another NOK 1.8 billion in state subsidy and protection with an offer equal to around NOK 1 billion. While farmers complained the government wasn’t taking them seriously, state officials noted their offer was much higher than last year’s, and […]

Farmers demand more subsidies

Their most supportive political party (Senterpartiet, Sp) is mired in national shame and scandal but that hasn’t stopped Norway’s powerful farmers’ lobby from demanding NOK 1.8 billion in additional taxpayer funding for next year. The support would once again come in the form of subsidies and tariff protection from imported agricultural products. The farmers formally turned […]

Farmers face far more inspections

Filth and animal neglect found at a series of farms in Rogaland, southwestern Norway, were branded as “completely unacceptable” by Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale after a meeting with farmers’ representatives. They admitted to “attitude problems” within the industry and now face far more frequent inspections nationwide. Lars Petter Bartnes, leader of the powerful national […]

Pigs suffering at Norwegian farms

Agricuture Minister Jon Georg Dale has called the pork industry and its representatives in on the proverbial carpet, after terrible conditions have been revealed at pig farms in southwestern Norway. Another case of poor animal welfare was reported just last week, the latest in a string of embarrassing incidents for farmers who survive on public […]

Dairy coop Tine churns up lower sales

Tine, the dairy cooperative that regulates and still dominates the Norwegian market, reported weaker sales and profits in the second quarter of this year. Tine blamed increased competition both nationally and internationally. Norway still has the most expensive milk in the world, because of Tine’s role as market regulator that sets prices for dairy products […]

State settles with defiant farmers

The Norwegian government finally came to terms with the country’s two powerful farm lobbying organizations Monday night, over how much state subsidy and other forms of financial support they’ll receive over the next year. Taxpayers will be forking over another NOK 625 million (USD 74 million). An additional NOK 130 million will be released for the […]

Farmers to get millions after all

NEWS ANALYSIS: Norway’s farmers are set to get another NOK 215 million on top of the initial NOK 410 million offered by the government after this year’s rounds of subsidy negotiations. Some critical voices have been rising, though, and speaking out against Norway’s agricultural policy traditions. It wasn’t just the country’s conservative government coalition that wanted […]

Farmers win more subsidy, protection

Norwegian farmers have proven themselves once again to be among the most powerful political lobbyists in the country. Now they have succeeded in blocking government efforts to reform agriculture and limit their subsidies, by gaining support from opposition parties and even the government’s own two support parties in an election year. After weeks of noisy protests […]

State slashes farmers’ demands

Last week Norway’s farmers demanded more than NOK 1.4 billion in state subsidy and other financial support. On Friday the state responded, with an offer that cuts the farmers’ demands by more than NOK 1 billion but still offers income growth higher than in most other work groups. Leif Forsell, the longtime leader of the […]

Farmers demand hefty pay raises

Norway’s farming organizations presented new demands for state subsidies and protection that once again would give them much higher pay raises than those granted other workers. The farmers claim they deserve bigger raises, to close an alleged income gap. The organizations, Norsk Bonde- og Småbrukarlag and Norges Bondelag, formally handed their latest demands on Wednesday to the […]