MEPs unite to call for new animal welfare strategy

MEPs vote on animal welfare

MEPs have overwhelmingly backed a resolution urging the Commission to draw up a new animal welfare strategy for the 2016-20 period, and calling for the issue to be given greater priority in free trade negotiations.

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (November 30 - December 4)

The long-awaited UN climate summit, where world governments will try to agree on a new, legally-binding climate action treaty for the coming years, will get underway on Monday (November 30).

Russia moves to restrict imports of Turkish agri-food produce

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.

EU wheat export licences starting to gain momentum

EU soft wheat export licences were above average for the season so far again in the week ended November 25 and shipments from the bloc are now more competitively priced against Black Sea rivals.

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...

OECD urges 'greening' of Dutch farming

While the Netherlands was an early leader in championing green environmental policy, intensive farming practices and high fertiliser and pesticide use...

G20 food security/food system ‘action plan’ formally adopted

Leaders of the world’s G20 countries have vowed to promote “responsible investment” in agriculture and food systems and “sustainable productivity grow...

New Argentine President boosts chances of EU-Mercosur trade deal

In his first press conference since becoming the President of Argentina on Sunday (November 22), Mauricio Marci has vowed to “make progress” in talks ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

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

The European Parliament has formally adopted the EU’s 2016 spending plan, approving a compromise struck by Parliament and Council negotiators, with fo...

Five things you need to know this week... November 27

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

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... November 27

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


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.

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...

Canadian pig prices fighting for stability

Canadian pig prices have been drifting slightly lower over the past few weeks but are showing signs of turning the corner, according to one industry expert in Saskatchewan.

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