The Luxembourg EU Presidency has confirmed that EU agriculture ministers will hold a special meeting in Brussels in early September to discuss the difficult situation across the bloc’s farm sectors.

Commission slashes EU maize yield forecast

The European Commission has lowered its yield forecasts for all major crops at EU28 level from last month due to “suboptimal weather conditions” – with the outlook for grain maize worsening due to heat waves an...

Kazakhstan WTO accession approved - member by October

WTO members have formally approved Kazakhstan’s accession, meaning the country will become a member once its own parliament ratifies the move – having until October 31 to do so.

Argentina to change restrictive import regime after EU WTO case

Argentina has agreed to change a range of requirements and restrictions on imported goods by the end of this year, after losing a WTO case and subsequently holding talks with the complainant – the EU.

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.

Commission releases consultation results on endocrine disruptors

Setting criteria to identify endocrine disruptors in agriculture could have potentially severe implications for farmers, with yield losses expected, EU umbrella farm lobby Copa-Cogeca and other respondents to a...

Analysis: Have rapeseed prices reached their peak?

After rallying further at the beginning of the month and setting new contract highs, rapeseed and canola futures might be past their peak for now, but...

EU TRQ sugar imports in July higher than last year

The European Union awarded 41,400 tonnes of sugar import licences under its seasonal TRQ facilities for July 2015, hardly changed from 42,105t in the ...

New Zealander Vitalis to be appointed as new WTO agriculture chair

A fifth New Zealand ambassador in succession is slated to take over the chair of the World Trade Organization’s agriculture negotiations.

US COOL repeal amendment introduced in Senate

The battle over country of origin label (COOL) approaches in the US Senate began last week, with the leader of the Senate Agriculture panel introducin...

Commissioner Hogan urged to take measures on pigmeat sector

The European Commission must take “immediate action” to “re-establish the sustainability” of the EU pigmeat sector, as the current market situation is...

Commission adopts Belgium’s Wallonia CAP P2 programme

The European Commission has approved the 2014-2020 rural development programme of Belgium’s Wallonia region, which involves €264 million of CAP Pillar...

French meat truck attacks anger Spanish farmers

Protesting French farmers destroyed tonnes of meat brought into the country from Spain on Wednesday (July 22), sparking an angry response from Spanish...

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.

CAP

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

Syngenta releases business results amidst Monsanto takeover bid

Syngenta’s 2015 half year results indicate sales of $7.6 billion (€6.9bn), down 10% overall from the first half of 2014, but up 3% at constant exchange rates.

Aussie farmers welcome COOL rule extension

Farmers in Australia have welcomed moves to tighten up country of origin labelling (COOL) rules with new legislation approved by the government this week.

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