Minister gets tough on grocery chains

The Norwegian government is finally cracking down on grocery retailers and wholesalers who dominate the market and thus, it’s believed, limit competition. Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the government minister in charge of business and trade, formally presented 39 measures to Parliament on Friday aimed at making sure the dominant players comply with competition law. Isaksen’s “Report […]

Thousands of farmers apply for compensation

More than 14,000 farmers are seeking state taxpayer-funded compensation for crop losses following last summer’s drought. The number compares to 890 last year, reports newspaper Nationen. Most of the farmers seeking financial aid over and above the subsidy and tariff protection they also receive are located in the counties of Oppland, Østfold and Akershus, according […]

Farmers secure more taxpayer aid

Norway’s two major farmers’ organizations have accepted a so-called “crisis package” for those hit hard by the summer drought that dried up fields and depleted cattle feed supplies. The government agreed to fork over NOK 525 million (USD 63 million) in addition to the more than NOK 1 billion in compensation that already could be […]

Wolf supporters join meat boycott

The ongoing battle between those trying to preserve Norway’s wolf population and farmers wanting to preserve free-grazing traditions for their sheep and lambs has moved into grocery stores. Wolf supporters are joining a boycott rooted in social media against the purchase of all meat caught in conflicts. Sausage made from sheep meat in Norway (called […]

Government rejects more farm crisis aid

Agriculture Minister Jon Georg Dale has turned down farmers’ demands for more crisis aid after this summer’s drought, at least for now. The farmers aren’t the only ones hollering for help either, with horse stables and golf courses facing destruction and financial losses, too. Dale and Prime Minister Erna Solberg responded once again to the […]

Farmers appeal to Solberg for help

Apparently not satisfied with the public assistance already offered by Norway’s agriculture minister, the country’s two largest farming organizations have now “invited” Prime Minister Erna Solberg to visit farms stricken by the recent drought. They want her to see their “crisis” first-hand herself. “Many of our members are now in despair,” said Lars Petter Bartnes, […]

Farmers demand more crisis help

The state agriculture ministry has rolled out 11 new measures to further help farmers tackle Norway’s worst drought in more than 50 years. Farmers’ lobbyists didn’t appear particularly grateful or satisfied, however, and some were already demanding more crisis aid and state protection from looming financial losses on Tuesday. “It’s not money that there’s first […]

Drought-induced slaughters begin

Amidst fears it will set off a shortage of milk and dairy products, farmers lacking enough food for their cattle have started slaughtering some of their animals. The drought that’s left fields dry and without nutrients for cattle feed has spurred the worst agricultural crisis in Norway for more than 70 years.  Nortura, the national […]

Norway hasn’t been so dry since 1947

Even though some welcome rain fell in and around the Oslo area on Monday, it wasn’t nearly enough to end a drought that’s now raising more alarm over large parts of the country. Agriculture Minister John Georg Dale rolled out some emergency measures just before the weekend for farmers demanding state assistance. Farmers often call […]

Heat cuts strawberry season short

Norwegians tend to be immensely proud of their locally grown strawberries, which usually ripen slowly under the near constant daylight of May and June until they’re hand-picked in July. This year, the heat wave and lack of rain has all but ruined conditions for the summertime delicacy. Growers warned early this week that blazing temperatures […]