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 Monday (February 15).

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...

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 from neighbouring Canada, according to the USDA.

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.

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

EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström Member states are currently drawing up a list of sensitive agricultural products that they want exempted from tariff-removal plans under the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), EU Trade...

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 leading agriculture economist warned today.

Risk management tools could have 'major role' to play in future CAP

The CAP may need to adjust away from direct payments towards financial instruments specifically geared to countering market volatility and the impacts...

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 mea...

Jump in weekly EPA/EBA sugar licences

The European Union awarded 41,408 tonnes (tel quel) of sugar import licences to countries pursuant the EPA/EBA agreements in the week to January 29, u...

ABF wants to buy remaining shares in Illovo Sugar

South Africa’s Illovo Sugar has informed its shareholders that it has received a non-binding expression of interest from controlling shareholder Assoc...

Japan lifts 15-year ban on imports of Danish beef

Japan has lifted a fifteen year ban on beef imports from Denmark – a move the European Commission says should encourage the 23 other member states sti...

Copa-Cogeca predicts another bumper EU grains crop

The EU is on course for another bumper grains harvest in 2016/17 with total area and yields expected to improve compared with the current crop year.

Ireland moves forward with Producer Organisations for beef

Ireland has adopted new legislation that for the first time recognises Producer Organisations (POs) in the beef sector – a move the agriculture minist...

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 financial instruments ‘coaching’ scheme begins

The European Commission has launched the pilot phase of a scheme to advise member state authorities on how best to use financial instrument (FI) possibilities through CAP Pillar 2 (P2).

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...

Pirbright claims breakthrough in avian flu research

UK researchers say their research into the long-standing avian influenza virus H9N2, which is the genesis of many other avian flu viruses, could provide new and much improved vaccines for the disease.

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