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.

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.

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.

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 bill, according to some estimates.

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 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.

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 prospe...

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 ...

Ukraine’s MHP eyes Russian-owned farm assets

Mironovsky Hleboproduct (MHP), one of Ukraine’s largest agroindustrial companies, is in talks to buy the Ukrainian assets of Agrokultura – a deal whic...

IGC forecasts lower global grain production for 2015/16

The International Grains Council (IGC) has forecast global corn and wheat production to fall in 2015/16, leading to a drawdown in stocks.

Glyphosate ‘probably carcinogenic’ claim rejected by German risk assessor

Germany’s national risk assessment body, leading an ongoing EU re-evaluation of glyphosate, has said its research shows “no validated or significant r...

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...

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.

CAP

Hogan wants common Parliament position on CAP simplification

EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan has urged MEPs to consolidate their main concerns on CAP simplification in an own-initiative report later this year, to help the EU executive draw up proposals before 2...

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

French Parliament votes to ban neonicotinoid pesticides

The French Parliament has voted to ban neonicotinoid pesticides in France, as part of a new law on biodiversity.

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.