MEPs vote to reject GMO import ‘opt out’ proposal

The European Parliament’s environment, public health and food safety committee (ComEnvi) has, as expected, voted to reject a controversial European Commission proposal to allow member state ‘opt outs’ of EU-authorised GM crop imports.

MEPs adopt position on revision of EU organic rules

MEPs have adopted their position on new rules for the bloc’s organic producers, insisting that organic farmers, processors, traders and importers must meet “higher but realistic sustainability criteria” and und...

Commission allocates €111m in agri-food promotion funds for 2016

The European Commission has laid out its plans for €111 million in EU funding for agri-food promotion measures both inside and outside the EU in 2016, with an extra €30m recently announced by the EU executive. ...

Interview: EU dairy 'superlevy' should be 'returned to farmers in full'

Martin Merrild, the recently appointed president of EU farmers’ union Copa, part of Copa-Cogeca, discusses the current issues facing farmers and how the Commission can help.

Syngenta pulls EU authorisation requests for GM maize lines

Syngenta has withdrawn its applications made to the European Commission for the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) corn rootworm-resistant MIR604 maize and the stacked-trait Bt11xMIR604xGA21 maize.

Analysis: New Commission outlook provides fresh hope for crop protection giants

Although in recent years global crop protection companies have been increasingly sceptical about future EU market opportunities, there are some signs of optimism on the horizon under the current European Commis...

EU and Tunisia launch ‘asymmetrical’ free trade talks

The EU and Tunisia have opened negotiations on a bilateral ‘Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area’ (DCFTA) – aimed mainly at giving Tunisia better ac...

Thailand narrows gap on Brazil as EU poultry supplier

While EU chicken meat imports remain at similar levels to last year, recent trade data shows important shifts both in the type and origin of products ...

Social protection offers a faster track to ending rural hunger

Social protection is emerging as a critical tool in the drive to eradicate hunger, yet the vast majority of the world’s rural poor have yet to be cove...

UK confirms flat-rate compensation payments for dairy farmers

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will share their EU emergency aid allocations out among dairy farmers, based on the last milk production year, th...

Danish pig industry cuts antimicrobial usage in 2014

Denmark reported a drop in antimicrobial usage in animals last year as reduced consumption in the pigmeat sector more than offset increases in the amo...

France claims ‘progress’ in pigmeat talks with Russia

French farm minister Stephane Le Foll visited Moscow last week in a bid to help reopen the Russian market to at least some EU pigmeat products.

EU project targets 15% cut in beef farm emissions

Four EU member states are launching a new initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of beef production by 15% over 10 years.

Five things you need to know this week…October 9

The biggest stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

TPP has potential to define global trade in 21st Century

Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement have ironed out their differences and reached an agreement in what could prove to be a historic accord...

Five things you need to know this week…October 9

The biggest stories on the Agra Europe website this week.


EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (October 12-16)

A highly controversial European Commission proposal to allow national ‘opt outs’ of imports of EU-authorised GM crops will no doubt be rejected by the European Parliament’s environment, public health ...

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

Global food prices steady in September, after recent decline

Agricultural commodities are going through a period of “lower and less volatile prices” with month-on-month prices for September slightly up, the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.

Scotland adds new controls to stay bTB-free

New legislation aimed at keeping Scotland free of Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) has come into effect.

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