August 16, 2018


Drought-stricken German animal feed farmers get gov't help



Germany will relax some environmental conservation rules to help farmers cope with rising animal feed prices as a result of the summer drought, the agriculture minister said on Wednesday, Aug. 15, according to a Reuters report.


Germany has suffered major crop damage due to the heatwave, which heavily damaged animal feed grains. Straw and hay are also reportedly in very short supply. The country's 2018 grain harvest is expected to be the lowest in 24 years, the report said.


The situation is such that animal feed wheat in north Germany now costs more than milling wheat used to make bread, as per grain traders.


Animal feed wheat for September delivery in north Germany was quoted on Wednesday at around 224 euros (US$254.70) a tonne, about 12 euros more expensive than bread wheat, Reuters reported.


The cabinet has approved allowing some ecological conservation areas, land kept fallow as meadows, to be used for cultivation of animal feed, Agriculture Minister Julia Kloeckner said.


Ecological conservation areas were set up as a condition for receiving EU subsidies to create a more environmentally friendly agricultural system.