Agriculture in Europe and France in 2005 - production and income decrease
Agricultural production value fell in the 25-member European Union in 2005. Crop yields were down when compared with 2004, an exceptional harvest year. Crop prices were generally stable, and even fell in some instances. A similar state of affairs exists in the four largest agricultural producing countries of France, Italy, Germany and Spain. Livestock production levels remain generally stable. In most countries, net profit per agricultural worker fell by several points in real terms. According to recent provisional data, net profit per agricultural worker in France fell by 6.5% in real terms. Looking at non-salaried workers, net income for agricultural businesses decreased by 13% in real terms.