The Dutch agriculture minister resigned unexpectedly following a turbulent summer of protests by farmers in opposition to a court ruling that required farms to drastically cut greenhouse gas emissions. The Dutch government allocated an extra $24.2 billion to work toward this goal, but a mid-September deadline to present a plan for the transition away from intensive farming practices was not met by the agriculture minister.
Henk Staghouwer announced his decision in September after holding the position for only nine months, telling reporters that he wasn’t the right person for the job. The position will temporarily be filled by the former agricultural minister, Carola Schouten.
This article appeared in the November 2022 issue of Journal of Nutrient Management on page 5. Not a subscriber? Click to get the print magazine.