French, Italian CAP P2 approvals complete - two to go

All but two CAP Pillar 2 (P2) rural development programmes for 2014-2020 have now been approved by the European Commission, after the adoption of eight more today (November 24).

Member states agree additional measures on Xylella fastidiosa

Member state experts have endorsed new measures to curb the spread of the plant bacterium Xylella fastidiosa, which has decimated olive trees in southern Italy and reared its head in France.

New global guidelines on food and agriculture ‘genetic resources’

The UN Food and Agriculture (FAO) has published new guidelines for world governments on how to improve use and conservation of genetic resources for food and agriculture in times of changing climates.

GMO policy: Calls for Commission to do away with 90 day rodent studies

The European Commission should do away with 90-day rodent feeding studies in the GMO risk assessment procedure, biotech industry representative EuropaBio has said.

EU weather conditions for winter crops have improved, says Commission

A lack of rains in central and eastern Europe and well-above average temperatures in many EU countries over the past few weeks is proving to be beneficial for the sowing and development of winter crops.   

Analysis: Food security and climate change climb up the Paris agenda

With the Paris international climate change summit (COP21) due to start next week (November 30), the contribution of food production and farming to harmful carbon emissions is once again on the policy agenda.

Hearing seeks clarity on future of GMOs in the EU

The EU should examine and clearly define the direction that it wants to take on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the bloc, participants at a h...

Commission gives €160m in funding to environment projects

The European Commission has approved an investment package worth €264.8 million – including €160.6m from the EU budget – to support projects aimed at ...

Spain battens down hatches as FMD spreads in Morocco

Spain has announced a raft of new measures to guard against foot and mouth disease (FMD) following recent outbreaks in Morocco.

EU olive production to increase 30% from last year

The EU olive harvest will rebound by 30% year-on-year after last year’s was one of the worst in memory having been hit by unfavourable weather conditi...

MEPs call on Commission to address EPO ruling on plant patents

Members of the European Parliament have joined calls for the European Commission to address the issue of patents on conventionally-bred plants, follow...

EU poultry prices on the slide as output swells

Chicken prices in the EU have fallen to their lowest levels for several months amid rising production in most member states.

Analysis: French pig auction likely to reopen soon

The Breton pig auctioneer Marché du Porc Breton (MPB) could start to phase in a return to business soon, according to reports in the French press late...

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Yearly EU agri-food export value rises but trade surplus shrinks

EU agri-food exports to the US and China increased by more than €2,500 million each in the 12 months to August 2015, new European Commission data shows, helping to push total extra-EU trade up 6.3% or...

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Commission claims back €276m of misspent CAP funds

Most member states have been charged for breaching CAP expenditure rules, with the net financial impact of the fines amounting to €276 million, after the latest audit by the European Commission.

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

Trade Focus: Importers take some cover amid uncertain 2016 crop outlook

While some rain events - and prospects for more soon - improved the outlook for US and CIS wheat crops last week, unease over how long the current global supply bounty might last seems to have helped ...

Animal cloniing centre in China

China to build commercial animal cloning facility

Scientists in China have signed a deal to set up a commercial animal cloning centre in the northern port city of Tianjin – a move they say could help fill gaps in domestic beef production.

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