Category Archives: Norway Farming

Reflections from Sparbu

Photo: St. Olaf Choir. It was a full house at little Snåsa Kirke for the St. Olaf Choir concert.

On a Visit from the St. Olaf Study Group By Heidi Håvan Grosch There is nothing better than a busload of Norwegian-Americans visiting Norway. Passionate about everything they encounter, they eagerly ask questions, share stories and soak in every experience they are exposed to. Such was Saturday, June 16th for us here in Sparbu. About a year ago, ...

Left to the past?

Special Rønningen Ramblings report about Norway’s dwindling farm culture Norway is a rich country, a fact determined not just by the amount of income people have, the taxes people pay or the cost of things they buy. Norway is rich in natural resources. The fact that we have oil is a given, and since its discovery ...

Farmers demanding higher income

Norwegian farmers are not satisfied with the current subsidies

Agricultural organizations claim that higher income for Norwegian farmers is absolutely necessary, and predicts farmers will make large demands during negotiations this spring. While agricultural subsidies amounted to nearly 7 percent of the national budget in 1980, subsidies have hovered around 1.5 percent during the past six years. In 2010, 1.3 percent of ...

Yara seeks to triple market share through M&A

By Wojciech Moskwa and Joachim Dagenborg OSLO, July 16 (Reuters) - Norwegian fertiliser maker Yara International ASA (YAR.OL) is aiming to triple its market share to about 20 percent through consolidation in the global industry, which it says has turned a corner after a bad year. For Full Story & ...

Less conversion of productive land

Farming

Norwegian municipalities allowed to transfer 13,000 decares of cultivated and cultivable land to non-agricultural use in 2009, a decrease of 13 per cent from the year before. Cultivated land represented 8,300 decares of the transferred agricultural area, and cultivable land 4,700 decares. The area of cultivated land transferred increased by 400 decares from 2008 to 2009, ...

Decline in production of potatoes in 2009

Preliminary figures for production of potatoes and forage plants in 2009. The yield of potatoes decreased by 65,700 tonnes from 2008 to 2009 and amounted to 332,700 tonnes. The average decare yield of potatoes was 2,400 kilos in 2009 and 2,800 kilos in 2008. From 2008 to 2009, the yield of all meadows for mowing increased slightly, ...

No strawberries without seasonal workers

Farm Owner Inge Gustavsen is dependent on seasonal workers from Poland and Vietnam in the summer.

Farm owner Inge Gustavsen from Hyggen outside Drammen is dependent on seasonal workers from Poland and Vietnam in the summer. Before, the Turkish citizens living in Norway worked with us. But the young generation will not take this type of work, like most others who live in Norway. We are totally dependent on assistance from other ...

Grieg Seafood purchases Shetland firm

Grieg Seafood has salmon farming operations in Norway, Canada and the UK, in the Shetland Islands. (Photo: Grieg Seafood ASA)

Norwegian Grieg Seafood ASA's subsidiary Grieg Seafood Hjaltland UK Ltd has signed an agreement to acquire Shetland-based Northern Aquaculture Limited. Grieg will acquire four production sites on the west coast of Shetland with a total combined discharge consent of 2,900 tonnes. The purchased production sites fit into Grieg Seafood Hjaltland’s current production areas. There are several ...