EU Milk Production Quotas: 1984-2015

After more than 30 years, EU milk production quotas will finally end today (March 31).

Commission proposes 1.39% cut to 2015 P1 payments to fund ‘Crisis Reserve’

The European Commission has put forward plans to reduce 2015 CAP direct payments by 1.39%, to fund the so-called CAP ‘Crisis Reserve’ for 2016.

Five predictions for the EU dairy sector post-milk quotas

What are the most likely scenarios following the end of EU milk production quotas?

Analysis: Argentina needs to lower tariffs and adopt agricultural innovation

Ahead of general and presidential elections this October in Argentina, in which the controversial Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will not be eligible to contest for a third term, the case for urgent farm reform...

Member states request extension on 2007-2013 CAP P2 deadline

Eleven member states have asked the European Commission for an extension on the admissibility for CAP Pillar Two (P2) rural development payments from the 2007-2013 programming period, it has emerged.

Comment: Both science and society wants improved EU farm animal welfare

A comprehensive improvement of farm animal welfare within the EU is urgently needed, both from a scientific perspective and also to address societal concerns over current methods of farm animal husbandry.

End of EU milk quotas: Reactions from the sector

The EU dairy sector is “prepared” for the new quota-free market that starts tomorrow (April 1), says the European Dairy Association (EDA), yet there a...

Problems mount for US broiler meat exporters

US broiler meat exports slipped back in January as two key markets closed in response to recent avian flu outbreaks.

Commissioner pressed over welfare rules for farmed rabbits

British MEP Catherine Bearder has called on the Commission to introduce specific animal welfare rules for farmed rabbits – claiming current legislatio...

EU consults on Denmark’s strict nitrite in meat limits

The Commission is asking for comments on a Danish request to allow it to maintain its stringent national limits on nitrites in meat products that are ...

Biofuels revision: Parliament, Council deadlock persists

The European Parliament and Council remain deadlocked on a controversial revision of EU biofuels legislation, after trilogue negotiations failed, it h...

MEPs criticise high error rates in 2013 CAP spending

MEPs have strongly criticised high error rates by member states in 2013 CAP spending, based on information from a European Court of Auditor’s (ECA) re...

Post-quotas Ireland prepares to join dairy big league

Quotas cannot end soon enough for Irish dairy farmers, who were 5.07% over-quota at the end of February and will end up having to foot a €75 million b...

Five things you need to know this week (March 27)

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

Analysis - Switzerland urged to liberalise its farm sector further by OECD

Agriculture plays a relatively minor and declining role in the Swiss economy. Its share in gross domestic product is less than 1%, while its contribution to employment among a population of 8 million ...

Five things you need to know this week (March 27)

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


EU milk quotas end - sector is ready, says Commission

EU milk production quotas, in place for over three decades, will be abolished next week, with the European Commission “very positive” about the prospects for the European dairy sector.

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: Markets relaxed about shrinking grain surplus forecasts

Wheat prices fell and maize made only modest gains last week as traders paid more attention to weak old crop fundamentals than a less slack constellation developing for 2015/16 supplies.

US demand sustains NZ beef export growth

Beef exporters in New Zealand are enjoying a strong start to the year as burgeoning demand from the US helps offset lower sales to Japan, Indonesia and the UK.