The average EU farm gate milk price in May was 6% below the average of the past five years and the downward trend is set to continue until late 2015, the economic board of the EU Milk Market Observatory (MMO) heard this week.

Innovation desperately needed to conserve water in farming

With factors such as a growing population and increased stress on natural resources, innovative water saving solutions for agriculture are set to become increasingly important globally, a conference at the Mila...

Canadian beef sector prepares to meet EU demands

While the doldrums of summer have hit cattle stockyards across the Canadian Prairies, market demands for non-hormone and non-antibiotic supplies appear to be growing.

Russian ban: Parliament EPP group demands aid extensions

The European Parliament’s biggest political group has urged EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan to extend emergency aid schemes in place for farmers due to Russia’s import embargo.

Conference offers hope to UK red meat exporters

UK beef and lamb exporters face serious short term challenges, but should not lose sight of the positive fundamentals which point to a brighter future looking forward.

EU fighting Codex adoption of rBST standard

The EU as a bloc is fighting proposals for next week’s annual Codex Alimentarius Commission meeting to adopt a standard on the milk-yield-boosting hormone recombinant somatotrophin (rBST).

Record year for EU soft wheat export licences

The EU awarded a record 31.337 million tonnes of soft wheat export licences in the now completed 2014/15 marketing year, up from 28.020mt in the previ...

Higher margins to spur global meat growth to 2024: OECD/FAO

Improved profitability should help spur further increases in global meat production over the coming decade, according to new forecasts from the OECD a...

Juncker appoints ex-Commissioner Cioloș as food security adviser

Dacian Cioloș, who served as EU Agriculture Commissioner between 2010 and 2014, has been hired by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker as a ‘Speci...

NGOs push Commission on Ecological Focus Areas

A group of environmental NGOs have urged the European Commission to release all written correspondence on member states’ greening choices under the ne...

Yield increases to drive cereals expansion to 2024: OECD report

Global cereals production will increase by 14% over the next decade to 2024, according to new forecasts by the OECD, with consumption expected to rise...

Luxembourg takes over EU Presidency from Latvia

The rotating EU Council Presidency was handed from Latvia to Luxembourg today (July 1), with the second-smallest member state assuming the role for th...

US maize and soya futures rally on lower than expected stocks

US soybeans and corn (maize) stocks have ballooned from year-ago levels but still missed market forecasts as strong demand ate into supplies, the USDA...

Five things you need to know this week (June 26)

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

Comment: Risk of mycotoxin contamination in crops grows with climate change

Professor Naresh Magan and Dr Angel Medina Vaya of the Cranfield Soil and AgriFood Institute discuss the research they have been undertaking on the potential spread of fungal diseases as a result of c...

Five things you need to know this week (June 26)

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


French ‘national framework’ for CAP rural development adopted

The European Commission has approved France’s National Framework (NF) for rural development for 2014-2020, clearing the path for the adoption of 21 regional programmes, it announced today (June 30).

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

Grain & Oilseed Trade Focus: Funds caught on wrong side of grain ‘weather market’

Funds and other short sellers scrambled to cover their exposed positions in the week ending June 26 as a burgeoning list of global crop weather issues threatened to trim more bushels off assumed grain...

Majority of bioterrorism pathogens 'from animals'

Around 80% of pathogens that could be used for bioterrorism are of animal origin, according to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

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