France: French Plan for Protein Crops 2014-2020

In December 2014, the French Minister of Agriculture Stéphane Le Foll released a plan to increase the production of protein crops in France between 2014 and 2020. This plan mainly consists of direct subsidies to farmers that produce protein crops. It is expected to result in an increase in production in the short- to medium-term, which will probably lead to a decrease in soybean imports. However, protein crops are not competitive in France and, if subsidies are removed, production will revert to previous lower levels.

France: French Plan for Protein Crops 2014-2020