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.

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 to disagree on this area at the December 2015 Ministerial Con...

EU ministers put AMR front and centre at Amsterdam conference

AMR conference EU efforts to combat antimicrobial resistance (AMR) took another step forwards this week as European health and agriculture ministers discussed their strategies at a high level conference in Amsterdam.

EU soft wheat exports lower week-on-week

The EU awarded 589,000 tonnes of soft wheat export licences in the week ended February 9, down from 786,000t in the previous seven days.

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 expand, the European Commission has announced.

Colombia turns tables on EU with meat export initiative

Colombian meat plan Colombia this week played host to a delegation led by EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan, who pledged support for sustainable development initiatives while also using the visit to promote European agri-food produc...

EU milk-for-refugees scheme ‘still under discussion’

The European Commission is hoping to soon overcome legal and logistical hurdles that are holding up the adoption of a special €30-million food aid ope...

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 Com...

Analyst urges UK meat industry to keep focus on exports

UK meat exporters may be facing a number of headwinds on international markets but delegates at an event in London this week heard how the industry ha...

French winter wheat area held at 80-year high

France's farm ministry has left almost unchanged its estimate of the area sown with winter soft wheat for the 2016 harvest, estimating the biggest pla...

Monsanto to pay $80m in US over Roundup accounting

Monsanto has agreed to pay the US Securities and Exchange Commission an $80 million (around €70m) fine to settle charges that it violated accounting r...

EU public consultation for China ‘market economy’ dilemma

The European Commission has opened a public consultation to help it address the thorny issue of recognising China as a ‘market economy’ but maintainin...

Flooded English farmers urged to snap up P2 recovery funds

The UK’s farming minister has urged English farmers hit by flooding in December and January to apply “as soon as possible” for funds to help them rest...

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.


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...

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...

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Bleak outlook for UK pork, beef and lamb prices

After a difficult year in 2015, UK pork, beef and lamb prices look set to remain under pressure this year, delegates heard at this week’s AHDB Outlook Conference in London.

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