A subject currently rising up the agenda for EU agricultural policymakers and stakeholders is the contentious – and legally complex – question on the patentability of non-genetically modified (GM) plants.

Analysis: Commission's aim is minimal interference in agricultural markets

Farmers from across the EU took their protests to Brussels last year Minimal market management is rapidly becoming the theme of the European Commission’s operation of EU agriculture policy. This is becoming clear from recent actions of the Brussels executive and the statements o...

UK meat exporters warned of post-Brexit border issues

British meat and dairy exporters would likely retain their tariff-free access to EU markets if the UK electorate opts to leave the bloc in a forthcoming referendum. But delegates at this week’s AHDB Outlook 201...

Egypt closes wheat deal with Romania amidst quality confusion

Grain elevator Egypt's state grain buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC), has secured 60,000 tonnes of Romanian wheat, it announced on Friday (February 12).

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (February 15-19)

EU agriculture ministers will assess the latest situation in the bloc’s farming sectors, notably ongoing difficulties for many dairy and pigmeat producers, when they meet for a Farm Council meeting in Brussels ...

Commission delays start of new EU commodity speculation rules

New EU rules to restrict speculation on commodities and commodity derivatives markets will now come into force in January 2018, a year later than initially planned, the European Commission has decided.

EU ministers put AMR front and centre at Amsterdam conference

EU efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) took another step forwards this week as European health and agriculture ministers discussed their ...

WTO members begin re-think of negotiations post-Nairobi

World Trade Organization (WTO) ambassadors are slowly starting to explore how to develop negotiations in the organisation, following their agreement t...

Ban on Turkish produce has not impacted food prices

Russia’s ban on imports of Turkish products has not had an impact on food price inflation, the country’s Central Bank reported on Friday (February 12)...

EU, Mexico start talks on organic food trade pact

The EU and Mexico have opened talks on a bilateral agreement on trade in organic food products, seeking a “swift conclusion” to allow the market to ex...

El Niño to have ‘devastating impact’ on southern Africa’s harvests, food security

Southern Africa is currently experiencing intense and worsening drought, with rainfall at its lowest level in the last 50 years, the UN Food and Agric...

Study models how pollinator decline could impact human food intake

The decreasing number of pollinators worldwide is having a negative effect on human health due to of their essential contribution to agri-food systems...

Colombia turns tables on EU with meat export initiative

Colombia this week played host to a delegation led by EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan, who pledged support for sustainable development initiatives whi...

Five things you need to know this week... February 12

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in the past seven days.

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.

Five things you need to know this week... February 12

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in the past seven days.


CAP greening consultation - over 450 responses so far

More than 450 responses to a public consultation on the CAP ‘greening’ requirements have been submitted so far, with one month to go, the European Commission has said.

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...

US to send first beef shipment to Israel since 2003

A Nebraska-based meat processor is preparing to send the first significant shipment of US beef to Israel for more than a decade.

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