Government of the Netherlands has launched program to buyout farms which emit too much nitrogen

Some tractors are decorated with placards, during one of the farmer protests that took place in Arnhem, on December 18th 2019. (Photo by Romy Arroyo Fernandez/NurPhoto)

Ecclesiastes 5:8 If you see the extortion[a] of the poor, or the perversion[b] of justice and fairness in the government, [c] do not be astonished by the matter. For the high official is watched by a higher official, [d] and there are higher ones over them! [e]

Important Takeaways:

  • Great Reset: Dutch Govt Launches Farmer Buyout Scheme as Thousands Face Shut Down
  • Following years of political wrangling, the government of The Netherlands has launched its program for buying out farms that do not comply with the EU’s Natura 2000 scheme supposedly meant to protect environmentally sensitive areas. The buyout program will initially impact approximately 3,000 privately-owned farms which are deemed to emit too much nitrogen.
  • Starting next month, farmers will be able to apply for a buyout, which will be set at 120 per cent of the farm’s value. In addition to the top nitrogen emitters, the government will also offer buyouts for dairy, pig and poultry farmers to shut down in exchange for a payout of 100 per cent of their farm’s value. It is expected that some 8,000 farmers will be eligible for the second scheme, Dutch public broadcaster NOS reports.
  • In total, the government has allocated 1.4 billion euros to cover the two programs. The buyout scheme, which will last until next April, will remain voluntary for now, however, the Dutch government has previously suggested that if uptake is not high enough it may be forced to impose mandatory buyouts.

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