The European Commission has released guidelines for farmers clarifying how they can cooperate to jointly sell a variety of agricultural products without breaching EU competition rules, under measures agreed under the 2013 CAP reform.

Trade Focus: Bear market drags on for grains and oilseeds

November has been another sombre month for grain and oilseed producers marked by a further downward shift in values across all the main markets - and some new 6½ -year lows for soyabeans.

MEPs unite to call for new animal welfare strategy

MEPs vote on animal welfare MEPs have overwhelmingly backed a resolution urging the Commission to draw up a new animal welfare strategy for the 2016-20 period, and calling for the issue to be given greater priority in free trade negotiati...

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (November 30 - December 4)

The long-awaited UN climate summit, where world governments will try to agree on a new, legally-binding climate action treaty for the coming years, will get underway on Monday (November 30).

CAP Monitor and other updates to your Agra Europe service

There have been a number of additions and updates to Agra Europe recently.

'Business as usual' for Russia-Turkey grain trade

In the wake of Russia setting import restrictions on Turkish goods, pressure has been mounting around wheat trade between the two countries.

1 in 4 EU farms disappeared between 2003 and 2013 – Eurostat

Over four million farms in the EU – around one out of every four – shut down between 2003 and 2013, new statistics from Eurostat have shown.

EU wheat export licences starting to gain momentum

EU soft wheat export licences were above average for the season so far again in the week ended November 25 and shipments from the bloc are now more co...

Could new G-33 'food security for stockholding' proposal be a 'Nairobi-wrecker'?

India and allied developing countries are seeking a permanent World Trade Organization (WTO) decision next month to allow them to exclude, from domest...

Russia moves to restrict imports of Turkish agri-food produce

Russia is to ‘strengthen controls’ on imports of Turkish agri-food products in the wake of the downing of ones of its fighter jets in Syria earlier th...

Animal by-product imports putting Finnish livestock at risk, report warns

Finland could be jeopardising the health of its livestock by importing animal by-products (ABPs) to be used as feed by the fur farming industry, a new...

OECD urges 'greening' of Dutch farming

While the Netherlands was an early leader in championing green environmental policy, intensive farming practices and high fertiliser and pesticide use...

New EU funds for Georgia to develop agriculture sector

The European Commission has adopted a new €100-million assistance package for Georgia, including aid for modernisation of the country’s agriculture se...

Five things you need to know this week... November 27

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

Analysis: New Argentine President boosts chances of EU-Mercosur trade deal

In his first press conference since becoming the President of Argentina on Sunday (November 22), Mauricio Marci has vowed to “make progress” in talks between the EU and the Mercosur group of Latin Ame...

Five things you need to know this week... November 27

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


French pork sausage handed EU protection

A dry-cured pork sausage made in southern France is the latest agri-food product to get EU-level protection under the CAP quality scheme.

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

New global guidelines on pesticide management issued

New guidelines for correct implementation of parts of a UN code of conduct on pesticide management have been published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) – which has warned that many na...

MPB phases in return to pig auctions

France’s main pig auction site - the Marché du Porc Breton (MPB) in Brittany – resumed trading on Thursday (November 26) after a break of nearly two months.

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