With milk quotas now consigned to history, the CAP is now preparing to turn its back on its only other remaining supply management mechanism – the sugar quota system.

Parliament approves EU cap on conventional biofuels in transport

The European Parliament has officially rubber-stamped a controversial revision of EU biofuels legislation.

Financial instruments under CAP thus far unsuccessful – EU Auditors

Financial instruments (FIs) have up to this point been unsuccessful under the CAP’s Pillar Two (P2), with an uphill battle needed if they are to be more widely used going forward, the European Court of Auditors...

Maize production shortfalls to impact Southern African food security

South African maize (corn) production is expected to fall by a third this season, potentially contributing to grain shortages and prices increases for staple foods across the Southern African subregion this yea...

EU authorities crack illegal horsemeat trading ring

More than two years on from the horsemeat scandal, police from seven EU member states have swooped to make 26 arrests in an operation coordinated by the EU’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (Eurojust).

Commission authorises wave of long-awaited GMO imports

The European Commission has authorised 19 new genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for import into the EU, days after proposed new legislation on GM imports for food and feed.

WTO Doha Round: Members ‘long way’ from deal on farming issues

Time is running out for WTO countries to make progress on the agricultural elements of the Doha Round negotiations, with stand-offs continuing in key ...

MEPs adopt position on new EU forest strategy

The new EU forest strategy must focus on managing forests sustainably, promoting efficient use of the raw materials that they produce, and boosting th...

New Russian agriculture minister outlines priorities

New Russian agriculture minister Alexander Tkachev has announced that the government will target greater profitability and efficiency in its farming s...

China overtakes France to become second-largest wine area

China is now only behind Spain in terms of vineyard surface area, having overtaken France last year, the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (...

Russia reopens to Canadian breeding pigs

Russia has lifted a ban on Canadian breeding pigs after securing assurances that animals will be free of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv).

EU boosts grain yield forecast on favourable weather

Favourable weather conditions across Europe have led the European Commission’s crop monitoring unit, Mars, to raise its forecast for grain and rapesee...

US meat giant to curb antibiotic use in chickens

Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest meat producers, has announced new measures aimed at eliminating the use of human antibiotics from its US broil...

Five things you need to know this week (April 24)

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

Trade Focus: MENA buying fails to stem wheat price flop

Wheat futures failed to reverse a three-week price slump despite several Middle-Eastern/North African (MENA) countries returning to the market to top up imports, including largest buyer Egypt.

Five things you need to know this week (April 24)

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

CAP

EU funding for CAP ‘technical assistance’ misused – EU Auditors

EU funding for ‘technical assistance’ under the 2007-2013 CAP has been largely misused, failing to provide additional capacity building in Europe’s rural areas, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) ha...

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

Organic review: Council Presidency readies compromise text

The Latvian Presidency of the Council has put forward compromises on the presence of non-authorised substances in organic products as well as controls on farmers, in hopes of reaching a deal amongst m...

US trial finds product cuts methane from cattle

Greenhouse gas emissions from cattle may be significantly reduced by feeding a methane inhibitor, without negatively affecting performance, according to new research from Pennsylvania State University...