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Rising Agricultural Incomes in Europe

Agricultural incomes have continuously risen in the last decade in the vast majority of EU member states, questioning the need for infinite income support.

Informal Agricultural Council to discuss climate-smart agriculture

The Luxembourg informal Agriculture Council will discuss climate-smart agriculture.

Some thoughts on the European milk crisis

It seems shocking to see milk farmers marching on Brussels. While reading the news, an agricultural economist has some fundamental questions.

€500 million farm aid package announced

The Commission's €500 million assistance package for farmers follows closely the template followed in the 2009 milk crisis.

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Alan Matthews

Alan Matthews is Professor Emeritus of European Agricultural Policy in the Department of Economics at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. His major research interests are agricultural policy analysis, the impact of international trade on developing countries, and computable general equilibrium analysis of trade and agricultural policy reforms. He has worked as a consultant to the European Parliament, the OECD, the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations and the UN Industrial Development Organisation, and has been a panel member in a number of WTO Dispute Settlement procedures. He is a former President of the European Association of Agricultural Economists but writes here in a personal capacity.