The EU and Vietnam have agreed on “all issues of substance” for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA), removing nearly all tariffs on goods, the European Commission announced today (August 4).

TTIP: US still ‘non-committal’ on GI compromise

TTIP negotiators discussed the stand-off on potential US recognition of EU ‘Geographical Indication’ (GI) products during the last round of talks, but with no progress made, the European Commission has revealed...

Medvedev orders proposals on Russian grain export limits

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the preparation of proposals on a grain export limits, following a meeting on the Russian agriculture sector on Monday (August 3), according to the government'...

Analysis: Why did the TPP talks fail to reach a conclusion?

High-level negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) ended in Hawaii last week (August 1) without resolution on several contentious agricultural issues, with deep divisions on dairy and sugar trade stil...

Russia accuses Auchan over adulterated meat products

French hypermarket Auchan is the latest foreign-owned company to run into difficulties in Russia, where authorities say they believe a significant amount of meat sold in the group’s Moscow outlets has been adul...

WTO Doha Round deadline missed - so where to now?

The July 31, 2015 deadline in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Round negotiations has passed without anything resembling the desired work programme for concluding the talks. That this would happen had ...

Russia could extend agri-food ban to non-EU European countries

Russia is considering extending its agri-food import ban to include non-EU countries in Europe that have backed the economic sanctions imposed on Mosc...

EU sugar stocks double year-ago level in April

Sugar stocks held by beet sugar producers and refiners in the EU at the end of April 2015 amounted to 12.076 million tonnes, up from 10.422mt at the s...

EU eases burden on meat industry with new BSE rules

New EU rules on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) enter into force this week, allowing more products to enter the food and feed chain – but only ...

Ukraine 2015/16 rapeseed exports seen down 18%

Rapeseed exports from Ukraine, a major supplier to the EU, are likely to fall by 17.6% to 1.58 million tonnes in the 2015/16 season due to a smaller h...

US maize ratings steady, soyabeans higher

US corn (maize) crop conditions remained unchanged this week with 70% rated good/excellent while soyabeans increased to 63%,

Brazilian live cattle exports fall to decade low

A collapse in sales to Venezuela has seen Brazilian live cattle exports fall to their lowest levels for ten years.

NZ divided over antibiotic goal for livestock

Veterinarians in New Zealand say they believe antibiotic usage in animals can be eliminated within the next fifteen years, but farmers and pharmaceuti...

Five things you need to know this week... July 31

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

Trade Focus: Depressing month leaves grain bulls’ hopes pinned on WASDE

Lingering heat and/or drought concerns in Europe and Canada, the still brisk debate over US maize and soya plantings and mixed yield potential failed to stop futures markets on both sides of the Atlan...

Five things you need to know this week... July 31

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

CAP

Rural development plans for Italian and Spanish regions adopted

The European Commission has approved two more 2014-2020 CAP rural development programmes (RDPs), for Italy’s Trento region and Spain’s Asturias region, it announced today (August 3).

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

First case of Xylella fastidiosa detected outside of Italy

A first case of the plant bacterium ‘Xylella fastidiosa’ detected outside of Italy has been confirmed in Corsica, France.

Animal feed in sack

US feed industry faces ‘crisis’ as FDA moves to increase oversight

As the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) moves forward with increased oversight of animal feed ingredients – a process that could outlaw the use of several hundred ingredients currently allowed un...

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