MEPs vote to reject GMO import ‘opt out’ proposal

The European Parliament’s environment, public health and food safety committee (ComEnvi) has, as expected, voted to reject a controversial European Commission proposal to allow member state ‘opt outs’ of EU-authorised GM crop imports.

Commission lays out €111m in agri-food promotion funds for 2016

The European Commission has laid out its plans for €111 million in EU funding for agri-food promotion measures both inside and outside the EU in 2016, with an extra €30m recently announced by the EU executive. ...

Interview: EU dairy 'superlevy' should be 'returned to farmers in full'

Martin Merrild, the recently appointed president of EU farmers’ union Copa, part of Copa-Cogeca, discusses the current issues facing farmers and how the Commission can help.

UK confirms flat-rate compensation payments for dairy farmers

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will share their EU emergency aid allocations out among dairy farmers, based on the last milk production year, the UK government has announced.

France claims ‘progress’ in pigmeat talks with Russia

French farm minister Stephane Le Foll visited Moscow last week in a bid to help reopen the Russian market to at least some EU pigmeat products.

France boosts estimate for record wheat crop even further

The French agriculture ministry has further increased its forecast for soft wheat production this year to a record high 41 million tonnes but expects maize output to fall to a nine-year low.

Trade Focus: Mid-east wheat buying surges amid price rise

A further rise in wheat prices last week failed to deter and possibly even helped swell volumes for a surge in import tender activity after its recent...

EU project targets 15% cut in beef farm emissions

Four EU member states are launching a new initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of beef production by 15% over 10 years.

Danish pig industry cuts antimicrobial usage in 2014

Denmark reported a drop in antimicrobial usage in animals last year as reduced consumption in the pigmeat sector more than offset increases in the amo...

Farm cooperatives need EU investment support - Copa-Cogeca

Agri-cooperatives should be among the projects supported by the European Commission and European Investment Bank (EIB) in their effort to boost invest...

Scotland adds new controls to stay bTB-free

New legislation aimed at keeping Scotland free of Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) has come into effect.

EU grants 650,000 tonnes of sugar export licences for 2015/16

The European Union announced that it has approved export licences for 650,000 tonnes of out-of-quota sugar for the 2015/16 (Oct/Sep) season.

US imposes extra duties on butter and cream on EU and others

The US has introduced temporary extra import duties on butter and cream from the EU and other WTO members – from October 5 to December 31 – as imports...

Five things you need to know this week…October 9

The biggest stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

TPP has potential to define global trade in 21st Century

Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement have ironed out their differences and reached an agreement in what could prove to be a historic accord...

Five things you need to know this week…October 9

The biggest stories on the Agra Europe website this week.


EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (October 12-16)

A highly controversial European Commission proposal to allow national ‘opt outs’ of imports of EU-authorised GM crops will no doubt be rejected by the European Parliament’s environment, public health ...

Updated CAP Monitor looks at the changes coming for 2014-2020

CAP Monitor is now fully revised and updated, offering a full section-by-section guide to the new CAP for 2014-2020

Global food prices steady in September, after recent decline

Agricultural commodities are going through a period of “lower and less volatile prices” with month-on-month prices for September slightly up, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.

California sets strict new rules on livestock antibiotics

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that curbs the use of livestock antibiotics with the strictest set of controls found anywhere in the US.

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