Russian agriculture minister  Alexander Tkachev SOURCE:

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 this week.

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.

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 domestic subsidy calculations, price-supported stockholding food s...

MEPs approve 2016 EU budget - look to ‘MFF’ review

MEPs approve 2016 budget The European Parliament has formally adopted the EU’s 2016 spending plan, approving a compromise struck by Parliament and Council negotiators, with formal approval by national governments to follow.

Ukraine readies retaliation as Russian food embargo looms

Trade relations between Ukraine and its ex-Soviet neighbours took another turn for the worse this week as Kiev made clear its readiness to respond to any new curbs on agri-food exports to Russia and Belarus.

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

Argentine President  Mauricio Macri SOURCE: 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 American coun...

CAP simplification drive 'should focus more on P2'

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan must to a greater extent include the CAP’s Pillar Two (P2) – rural development – in his drive to simplify the b...

France reports first HPAI case for eight years

France, one of the EU’s largest poultry producers, has confirmed a case of highly pathogenic avian flu (HPAI) – its first for more than eight years.

Former MEP Capoulas Santos to be new Portuguese farm minister

Former MEP Luís Manuel Capoulas Santos, who played a key role in the 2014-2020 CAP reform negotiations, is to be appointed Portugal’s new agriculture ...

Climate change-related disasters threatening food security – report

Droughts, floods, storms and other disasters triggered by climate change have risen in frequency and severity over the last three decades, increasing ...

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.

IFA turmoil continues as president resigns

The Irish Farmers Association (IFA) is on the hunt for a new president after a controversy over executive pay claimed its second scalp in less than a ...

More EU milk being produced, resulting in high SMP and butter volumes

Higher EU milk output has resulted in greater volumes of butter, skimmed milk powder (SMP) and condensed milk, the European Commission has shown.

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The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

Analysis: 'Mercosur' could suffer most from slowing of Chinese agri-food imports

The slowdown in the Chinese economy and its effect on demand for agricultural commodities has serious implications for developing economy exports - in particular those in the ‘Mercosur’ region.

Five things you need to know this week…

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.


Commission adds to list of protected GI products

The European Commission has added to the list of protected ‘Geographical Indication’ (GI) products, registering a French product as well as a Spanish one under the CAP’s 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...

UK farm minister rejects beak trimming ban

UK farm minister George Eustice has decided against a ban on beak trimming in January 2016, after a multi-stakeholder action group warned the move could be counterproductive.

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