The CAP may need to adjust away from direct payments towards financial instruments specifically geared to countering market volatility and the impacts of climate change.

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (February 8-12)

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan will begin the first of a series of “diplomatic offensives” of 2016, seeking to open up more export opportunities for EU products, when he visits Colombia and Mexico on Fe...

CAP P2 financial instruments ‘coaching’ scheme begins

The European Commission has launched the pilot phase of a scheme to advise member state authorities on how best to use financial instrument (FI) possibilities through CAP Pillar 2 (P2).

TTIP ‘investor court’ plan rejected by German judges

Germany’s magistrates association has rejected a European Commission proposal for an ‘investor court system’ for the EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and other trade deals.

EU wheat export licences close gap on last year

The EU awarded 786,000 tonnes of soft wheat export licences in the week ended February 2, down from 822,000t in the prior seven days but still the fourth highest weekly volume for the 2015/16 marketing year so ...

Uruguay seals agreement on beef exports to Russia

Uruguay beef Uruguay has secured an agreement with Russia that allows it to supply unlimited volumes of high quality beef at a reduced tariff.

Agra Europe's top ten most read articles in January

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in January, 2016.

23% of 2015 CAP subsidies in England still not paid

Nearly a quarter of English CAP direct payment recipients have not yet received their 2015 subsidy, a figure labelled by the country’s National Farmer...

UK pig farmers face steepest income drop on record

Pig farmers in the UK face a sharp fall in income this year as lower feed costs fail to compensate for more hefty declines in pig prices.

Commission opens call for proposals for EU agri promotion funds

The European Commission has opened its first call for proposals for promotion campaigns for agricultural products under new EU rules agreed in 2014, a...

ChemChina $43bn bid to acquire Syngenta backed by Board of Governors

The government-owned China National Chemical Corp. (ChemChina) has put in a US$43 billion (around €47bn) cash offer to acquire the Swiss agricultural ...

Why is China closing in on Western crop protection majors?

ChemChina's bid for Swiss seeds and pesticides group Syngenta would be the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Chinese firm. But why is China such a...

Global food prices drop again, hit seven-year low

Commodity prices fell across the board in January, bringing down global food prices to their lowest level in seven years, the UN Food and Agriculture ...

Agra Europe's top ten most read articles in January

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in January, 2016.

Analysis: Can Sub-Saharan Africa offset lower EU sugar exports with regional trade?

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) could be one of the regions most impacted by the reform of the EU’s sugar policy but with a growing population and continuing urbanisation, a decline in raw exports to Europe ...

Agra Europe's top ten most read articles in January

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in January, 2016.


First performance evaluation of CAP RDPs in 2019

The European Commission will carry out an initial EU-wide assessment of what 2015-2020 CAP rural development programmes (RDPs) achieved in terms of jobs and growth in 2019, it has revealed.

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...

French goats to help plug Russia cheese gap

Russia is turning to goat’s cheese production in one attempt to plug the gap in domestic supplies.

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