Updated: EU and Colombia seek bilateral organics deal, GI additions

Colombia and the EU have announced the start of negotiations on a bilateral agreement on trade in organic food products, while Brussels hopes to increase the number of Colombian products protected by the EU ‘GI’ regime.

Bleak outlook for UK pork, beef and lamb prices

Peter Kendall After a difficult year in 2015, UK pork, beef and lamb prices look set to remain under pressure this year, delegates heard at this week’s AHDB Outlook Conference in London.

EU public consultation for China ‘market economy’ dilemma

The European Commission has opened a public consultation to help it address the thorny issue of recognising China as a ‘market economy’ but maintaining the EU’s shield against “dumped” imports from the country.

Flooded English farmers urged to snap up P2 recovery funds

The UK’s farming minister has urged English farmers hit by flooding in December and January to apply “as soon as possible” for funds to help them restore their land, ahead of an April 1 deadline.

EU action on farmer crisis ‘too little too late’ - France

The French government is seeking “allies” among EU member states to put pressure on the European Commission to take new intervention measures to help struggling farmers, at an upcoming Farm Council meeting next...

Commission chief rejects EMB call for milk production cuts

EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has responded to a letter from the European Milk Board (EMB), saying their demand for a new market regulation system is not realistic and “not shared by the main stak...

MEPs press Commission for action on food trade barriers

A large cross-party group of European Parliament members is pressing the European Commission for a clampdown on non-tariff barriers affecting food tra...

Russia set to confirm ban on import of US maize and soya

Russia will suspend the importation of soyabeans and corn (maize) from the US as of February 15, according to an official at the Federal Service for V...

Member states ‘assembling list’ of sensitive agri products for TTIP talks

Member states are currently drawing up a list of sensitive agricultural products that they want exempted from tariff-removal plans under the EU-US Tra...

EFSA updates list of possible Xylella fastidiosa hosts

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has updated the list of plants that could be possible hosts for the plant bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, whic...

US wheat exports forecast to drop to 44-year low

US wheat exports will slump to their lowest level for more than 40 years in the 2015/16 marketing year due to increased competition, in particular fro...

Italian ham, German sausage get EU-protected status

An Italian ham and a German liver sausage have this week been added to the EU’s ever-growing list of ‘Geographical Indications’ (GIs) under the CAP qu...

UK could face short-term agricultural ‘depression’ post-Brexit

The recession currently gripping UK agriculture “could turn into a depression” in the immediate aftermath of a vote to leave the EU later this year, a...

Agra Europe's top ten most read articles in January

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in January, 2016.

Analysis: Why is China closing in on Western crop protection majors?

China’s state-owned ChemChina has made a US$43 billion bid for Swiss seeds and pesticides group Syngenta, which would be the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Chinese firm.

Agra Europe's top ten most read articles in January

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in January, 2016.

CAP

CAP P2 environment spending down, many measures weak - NGOs

One billion euros less will be spent on environment-focused action under CAP rural development programmes in 2014-20 compared to 2007-13, and some measures are “very poor” or not targeted, two environ...

Agra Europe's CAP Monitor: Updates and new features

CAP Monitor, Agra Europe’s comprehensive guide to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), has been updated to integrate EU agriculture policy developments in late 2015 and early 2016.

‘Mixed predictions’ for 2016 cereal crops, on account of El Niño – UN

Predictions for the 2016 cereal crop harvests are mixed, in large part on account of prevailing weather patterns associated with El Niño, especially in the Southern Hemisphere, the UN Food and Agricul...

EU gives Croatian meat plants more time to adapt

Croatian meat and dairy processors have been given a further six months to adapt to EU requirements after the bloc’s newest member said not all had met the original end-of-year deadline.

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