Average EU farm gate prices for milk last month were an estimated 9% lower than the average of the past five years, with further cuts expected, the European Commission has revealed.

Commission adopts four CAP P2 plans, two from Spain

The European Commission has approved four new 2014-2020 CAP rural development programmes (RDPs) – two from Spain and one from both Italy and France.

German wheat and barley exports to drop on reduced demand

International demand for German wheat and barley will fall sharply this marketing year as leading customers switch back to French supplies.

EU Birds, Habitats Directives consultation sees record response

Over 550,000 responses have been submitted to a European Commission consultation for a review of the EU’s Birds and Habitats Directives, the vast majority of which urge the Commission not to change the legislat...

Italy drawing up new rules to tackle 'agricultural mafia'

New regulations are being drawn up in Italy to tackle criminal activity in the agricultural and food industry, where illicit profits rake up an estimated €15.4 billion per year to organised crime networks.

More fruit and veg products need EU support, says Copa-Cogeca

EU umbrella farm union Copa-Cogeca has sent a letter to the bloc’s Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan calling for more products to be included in the recent extension of measures to support struggling EU fruit...

Analysis: Dairy and sugar still TTP sticking points

Sensitive farm products such as dairy and sugar remain the key agricultural issues holding up agreement on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as talks ...

Russia to 'destroy' illegally imported food products

Illegally imported agri-food products from Western markets into Russia will be subject to “immediate destruction”, according to new rules drawn up by ...

Thai firm in major deal to buy Russian poultry business

Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has entered into an agreement to acquire a leading integrated poultry business in Russia from Dutch firm Agro ...

Cyprus Halloumi cheese poised for EU ‘PDO’ status

The famous Cypriot cheese ‘Halloumi’ is set to be given the EU ‘Protected Designation of Origin’ (PDO) label later this year, with an independent cont...

Agri-environment schemes reduce beef farm nitrate leaching – study

Ireland’s national CAP agri-environment scheme has the potential to reduce nitrate leaching from beef farming, a new study has said.

UK ‘Bramley Apple Pie Filling’ granted EU protection

The UK’s ‘Traditional Bramley Apple Pie Filling’ has been given the EU’s Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG) status, the European Commission announ...

Ukraine's Black Sea grain exports to fall 5%

Ukraine's grain export from its Black Sea ports are likely to fall to 32.8 million tonnes in the 2015/16 season from a record 34.6mt a season earlier,...

Five things you need to know this week… July 24

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

Analysis: Australian growth prospects dim as sugar row escalates

The divisions in the Australian sugar industry are deepening now that a federal parliamentary inquiry has found the government should introduce a highly contentious code of conduct.

Five things you need to know this week… July 24

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


Emergency Farm Council likely in September - market situation

EU agriculture ministers are set to meet in early September for an extraordinary Agriculture Council meeting, due to the ongoing difficulties in agricultural markets across the bloc, it has emerged.

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.

High US slaughter rate concerns Canadian hog producers

Hog prices in the Canadian Prairies may have reached a summer peak but producers there are concerned at the pressure being exerted by the higher than expected pace of US slaughter.

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