FEFAC has made the final programme to its 60th Anniversary event available, taking place on 6 June 2019 in the Royal Art & History Museum in Brussels. The event aims to take stock of two pressing challenges for the European feed industry; the future EU feed protein supply and climate change mitigation strategies by the EU feed & livestock sector.
European Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development, Mr Phil Hogan, will give a key note speech on the working progress as regards the new greening architecture and delivery model of the CAP and their potential opportunities for the EU Protein Plan. The newly published EU Feed Protein Balance Sheet, which now includes roughages as the number one feed protein source, estimates EU self-sufficiency in total feed protein at 80%. They do, however, point to a significant deficit for “protein-rich” oilseed meals with only 26% produced in Europe. The topic will be further discussed by the panellists John Clarke (DG AGRI Director International Affairs), Jim Sutter (CEO, USSEC – US Soybean Export Council), Pekka Pesonen (Secretary General, Copa-Cogeca) and Nick Major (FEFAC President). They will also exchange views on the present state of implementation of the US‑EU trade statement on soy imports.
In the panel on climate change impacts related to EU feed and livestock production, Jean-Louis Peyraud (President Animal Task Force) and Joao Shimada (Earth Innovation Institute), will discuss the strategies and tools for the EU feed industry and livestock sector to mitigate impacts on climate change, deforestation and biodiversity.