Farmers demand more subisidies

Norway’s powerful farm lobby presented record-high subsidy demands of NOK 1.92 billion on Monday. They’re encouraged that they’ll be dealing with a new agriculture minister from the Christian Democrats party this year, who’s viewed as much more farmer-friendly than her recent predecessors from the Progress Party. Agriculture Minister Olaug Bollestad, who also serves as a […]

Sheep delivered seven lambs

Sheep rancher Øystein Knutsen said he could hardly believe it when one of his ewes gave birth Easter Sunday morning to no less than seven lambs. All of them, including the ewe herself, survived. Three days later, an unusually large flock was stumbling around in Knutsen’s barn at Vang in Hamar. Three of the lambs […]

Climate criticism hits Center Party

One deputy leader of the Center Party with a stake in the oil business wants Norway to pump up as much oil and gas as it can, while another is listening to calls for a more climate- and environment-friendly profile. As otherwise upbeat party members gathered for their annual national meeting this weekend, they’re split […]

Police probe attempt to poison wolves

Someone has tried to poison Norway’s largest wolf pack, known as Kynnareviret, which roams in an area between Våler and Åsnes in Hedmark County. Police have found poisoned bait in six separate locations this winter, not far from the cadaver of a moose that had been killed by wolves just before the Christmas holidays. “This […]

Record warmth ‘frightening’

Thermometers hit nearly 19C (around 67F) in some parts of Southern Norway on Tuesday, setting off a winter heat wave that both meteorologists and farmers are calling “frightening.” The warmth set new records for February, but it’s not being warmly received. “Something is very wrong,” Gurine Seland, a farmer in Aust-Agder, told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) […]

Farmers producing ‘too much meat’

Norway’s powerful farmers’ lobby often claims how farmers need their subsidies and protection from foreign competition, in order to ensure domestic food production. Now comes news they’re producing far more meat than the Norwegian market can absorb, without much if any price relief for consumers at the grocery store. Last summer, even in the midst […]

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 […]