‘Wageningen should also be there’. That was EU Agriculture commissioner Phil Hogan’s wish a few days before Christmas. On Tuesday, he opened the new Dutch Federation of Agriculture and Horticulture building in The Hague.
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So the Animal Sciences Group managing director Martin Scholten and four students went to The Hague for a ‘citizens’ dialogue’ with Hogan, the minister of Agriculture Ms Schouten, farmers and policy-makers. They were able to ask questions about the new common agricultural policy agreed jointly by the EU countries. At the same time, six other students were on campus in Wageningen following the dialogue via a live stream. They could use WhatsApp to ask the European commissioner and minister questions.