June 11, 2019

FEFAC celebrate 60th anniversary

On Thursday 6th June 2019 FEFAC celebrated its 60th Anniversary, with the theme 'Resource Efficiency Champions of the Food Chain'. The event featured a key note speech by European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development Phil Hogan and panel sessions on the challenges for the agricultural and livestock sector linked to sustainability and societal expectations.
Commissioner Phil Hogan
Image credit: FEFAC

Mr Hogan thanked FEFAC for the valuable input to the European Protein Report (November 2018) and the updated Protein Balance Sheet from 20 May 2019. He pointed to home grown forages providing 45 percent of total feed protein consumed by EU livestock, showing a different perspective into the much-debated 'EU protein deficit'. He also welcomed the FEFAC publication 'Co-products, an essential part of animal nutrition' as a means to explain the sector's ambition in the Circular Economy in support of climate neutral agriculture.

In his opening remarks, FEFAC President Nick Major highlighted the recent support by leading European feed companies for the FEFAC Soy Sourcing Guidelines in a public responsible soy declaration which is open for co-signature to all FEFAC members, as an example for the industry's commitment to provide practical solutions to foster sustainable feed and livestock production.

In the 1st panel session on the EU protein challenge, John Clarke (DG AGRI International Trade Affairs), Jim Sutter (USSEC CEO), Pekka Pesonen (Copa-Cogeca Secretary General) and Nick Major assessed Europe's aspirational goals to increase vegetable protein production through different instruments in the Common Agricultural Policy. They also discussed the state of play of US-EU trade relations, particularly regarding soybean imports. Jim Sutter highlighted the US soy farmers' commitment to meet EU sustainability requirements, making reference to the successful USSEC-SSAP programme.

Read the full article on the Milling and Grain website, HERE.

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