The HNV (high nature value) farmland indicator is an agri-environmental
indicator designed to show the conservation value of different farming systems.
Tegwyn Jones, FUW Meirionnydd County president, said: "I would like to thank Geraint and Rachael for welcoming us all to their farm and showing us what can be achieved if food production and agri-environmental
schemes work together.
Their topics include welfare disaster or triumph, a historical perspective, welfare effects of Title One programs, conservation and US agri-environmental
policy, the negligible welfare effects of the international food aid provisions, World Trade Organization compliance, multiple peril crop insurance, convoluted and costly US dairy subsidies, the US sugar program, agricultural research policy, and rural development policy.
Further, Kouyialis said, the agri-environmental
measure relating to the balanced coexistence of bees with bee-eating birds was approved as part of the 2014-2020 Rural Development Programme.
ON-FARM environmental features, such as buffer strips and field corners, should be retained even after agri-environmental
schemes have come to an end, the Campaign for the Farmed Environment has said.
But now unions have returned to the vexed issue of moving resources from Pillar 1 - direct farm payments - to Pillar 2 rural development and agri-environmental
Green measures include agri-environmental
measures, measures for supporting organic farming, and measures aimed at supporting environmentally-friendly projects.
Moreover, it is worth mentioning that Commission's initial proposal included a political recommendation for the member states to allocate at least 25% of their rural development budget to agri-environmental
and climate change actions.
Traditional emphasis of the European agri-environmental
policies has been on landscapes and biodiversity.
To appease environmental organisations, the ministers decided that minimum 30% of the rural development budget will be assigned to agri-environmental
measures, including those targeted at the organic sector, forestry and the less favoured areas (LFAs).
Maintenance of hedgerows is required under agri-environmental
schemes but work must take place before September 1 and getting a licence can take 10 weeks.
Under the the EU-funded project 'Development and Implementation of Agri-environmental
measures', a new financial support is being available to Macedonian farmers.