The European Commission has approved France’s National Framework (NF) for rural development for 2014-2020, clearing the path for the adoption of 21 regional programmes, it announced today (June 30).

EU, China in ‘landmark’ customs agreement, GI pledge

The EU and China have made a “landmark” agreement on customs in order to facilitate trade, which if followed through will lead to a mutual recognition deal in November this year.

Updated: Long-term WTO deal on food security stockholding remains elusive

Key World Trade Organization (WTO) agriculture negotiators remain divided on a long-term agreement on public stockholding for food security in developing countries.

EU well-placed for precision farming advances - Commissioner

Innovation has allowed EU farmers to progressively improve productivity, food security, safety and quality in recent years, but communication between farmers, researchers and agri-business is still not good eno...

Commission lowers soft wheat production estimate

Soft wheat production in the EU will be nearly nine million tonnes down year-on-year in the soon-to-start 2015/16 marketing year, compared with the record production in the current season.

Number of EU food/feed safety alerts rose by 25% last year

The number of alert notifications submitted via the EU’s food and feed alert system totalled 751 last year, an increase of around 26% on the number submitted in 2013.

Russia failing to comply with WTO commitments, US report claims

Russia is failing to comply with a number of commitments it made upon its accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), according to a new report f...

France investigates GM sheep that entered food chain

A French research institution has admitted that a genetically modified (GM) sheep they had crossed with a jellyfish had entered the food chain.

China aims to reduce maize planting next season

China will encourage corn (maize) farmers to reduce plantings next year in an effort to lower record high government stocks of the grain, the country ...

First EU ‘Bio-Based Industries Initiative’ projects approved

Ten projects aimed at developing the so-called EU bioeconomy have been selected for funding via a new public-private partnership between the EU and th...

Risk of mycotoxin contamination in crops grows with climate change

Professor Naresh Magan and Dr Angel Medina Vaya of the Cranfield Soil and AgriFood Institute, Cranfield University, discuss the research they have bee...

ComEnvi chair drafts motion to reject GMO proposal

The chair of the European Parliament’s environment committee (ComEnvi) has urged fellow MEPs to reject the European Commission’s controversial proposa...

TTIP: Trade MEPs put amendments back to plenary

A total of 113 of the 116 amendments put forward by MEPs from outside the European Parliament’s committee on international trade (ComInta) on recommen...

Five things you need to know this week (June 26)

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

Grain & Oilseed Trade Focus: Funds caught on wrong side of grain ‘weather market’

Funds and other short sellers scrambled to cover their exposed positions in the week ending June 26 as a burgeoning list of global crop weather issues threatened to trim more bushels off assumed grain...

Five things you need to know this week (June 26)

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


EU governments urge sugar price monitoring post quotas

Most member states have called on the European Commission to maintain a price monitoring system for the EU sugar market after production quotas end in September 2017.

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

EFSA launches wide-ranging project on bee health

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a project which aims to assess the various stressors known to damage honeybee colonies and create a framework for risk assessment.

US moves to allow beef imports from Brazil, Argentina

Brazil and Argentina should soon be able to export fresh and frozen beef to the US after the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) said it was lifting restrictions in place for wel...

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