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.

Analysis: Commission's aim is minimal interference in agricultural markets

Farmers from across the EU took their protests to Brussels last year Minimal market management is rapidly becoming the theme of the European Commission’s operation of EU agriculture policy. This is becoming clear from recent actions of the Brussels executive and the statements o...

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (February 15-19)

EU agriculture ministers will assess the latest situation in the bloc’s farming sectors, notably ongoing difficulties for many dairy and pigmeat producers, when they meet for a Farm Council meeting in Brussels ...

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, 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.

El Niño to have ‘devastating impact’ on southern Africa’s harvests, food security

Southern Africa is currently experiencing intense and worsening drought, with rainfall at its lowest level in the last 50 years, the UN Food and Agric...

Colombia turns tables on EU with meat export initiative

Colombia this week played host to a delegation led by EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan, who pledged support for sustainable development initiatives whi...

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.

US to send first beef shipment to Israel since 2003

A Nebraska-based meat processor is preparing to send the first significant shipment of US beef to Israel for more than a decade.

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...

Five things you need to know this week... February 12

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

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.

Five things you need to know this week... February 12

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

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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 restore their land, ahead of an April 1 deadline.

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...

Peter Kendall

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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