Five import companies are calling on the Icelandic government to reimburse them for import tariffs they paid on agricultural products.
Sheep farmers need better tools to respond to market changes, says Sheep Farmers Association Chairperson Oddný Steina Valsdóttir.
The new customs agreement between Iceland and the EU will see import duties on treats like french fries, ice cream, popsicles, and sorbet go down significantly.
Only about 1.5 percent of agriculturally usable land in Iceland is certified for organic agriculture.
Over 400 sheep have been gathered from up in the mountains in East Iceland this winter after being left behind during sheep gathering.
Farmers around Iceland are showing increasing interest in breeding so-called ‘leader sheep,’ unique to the Icelandic breed.
Consumption of lamb in Iceland in August totalled 723 tonnes, 48 percent higher than in August of last year.
Mischievous sheep have caused trouble for residents of Fjarðabyggð municipality, East Iceland, this summer.
The number of sheep in Iceland may be reduced by 20 percent in order to decrease the production of lamb.
Thirteen hundred tons of lamb meat will remain unsold this fall when the slaughtering season begins.
Minister of Finance Benedikt Jóhannesson hopes that agreements with the European Union on the abolition of tariffs on agricultural imports will take effect mid-way through next year.
Farmer Erla Þórey Ólafsdóttir has one sheep who stands out from the crowd. He Has one double-thick horn coming from the middle of his head—just like a unicorn. He does not have the body of a horse, however.
The number of dairy farmers in Iceland has gone down by around 200 in the last 13 years—at the same time as milk production has hit an all-time high. 40 dairy farmers quit the trade last year alone.
Last year saw record sales in dairy products in Iceland, although the number of dairy farms went down by 40 during the same period.
A special ISK 100 million (UDS 874,000, EUR 840,000) marketing effort is planned to bring 800-1,000 tons of Icelandic lamb to market abroad.
The Kastljós news analysis program which aired Monday night and revealed deplorable conditions at egg farms owned Brúnegg, has sparked discussion in Iceland about whether consumers can trust marketing labels.
Last night’s revelations about deplorable conditions at an egg farm owned by Brúnegg have caused outrage among Icelandic consumers, but former Progressive Party MP Vigdís Hauksdóttir is angry for other reasons.
A competition appeal committee has ruled to revoke the decision of the Icelandic Competition Authority to fine MS Iceland Dairies for violating anti-trust law.
Norway and Iceland use smaller amounts of antimicrobial agents in agriculture than do any other European nations.
A regulation is in the making at the Icelandic Ministry of Agriculture to ban the use of genetically modified feed for sheep.
Numerous members of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, failed to show up yesterday when an important bill was passed.