A deal on revising the EU’s biofuels policy could be reached by the end of this month, as the Council has agreed a “final offer” for the European Parliament, including a compromise on ‘indirect land use change’ (ILUC).

European Patent Office in 'landmark' ruling for EU plant patents

The European Patent Office (EPO) has granted patents to a conventionally bred broccoli and a tomato, in what is being deemed a landmark case for the future of plant patenting in the EU.

EU Milk Production Quotas: 1984-2015

After more than 30 years, EU milk production quotas have finally ended.

Farming key in achieving UN sustainable development goals – conference

Agriculture and agricultural policy and legislation has a key role to play in achieving the forthcoming UN ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs), many at a conference in Brussels have claimed.

French slaughterhouse wins last minute reprieve

Troubled French slaughterhouse group Abattoirs Industriels de la Manche (AIM) won a partial reprieve this week as a French commercial court accepted a staff buyout plan.

Commission proposes 1.39% cut to 2015 P1 payments to fund ‘Crisis Reserve’

The European Commission has put forward plans to reduce most 2015 CAP direct payments by 1.39%, to fund the so-called ‘Crisis Reserve’ for the 2016 CAP budget.

Commission warning on 2014-2020 CAP P2 funds

EU governments must commit sufficient funds to the EU’s 2016 budget to avoid payment backlogs in the following years, including for CAP rural developm...

South Africa lifts ban on UK poultrymeat

South Africa has reopened its market to UK poultry products some four months after imposing a ban due to concerns over avian flu.

USDA sees lower soya plantings than anticipated

US soya plantings are forecast at a record 84.635 million acres this spring, according to the US Agriculture Department; below market expectations.

Updated: End of EU milk quotas - reactions from the sector

The EU dairy sector is “prepared” for the new quota-free market that starts tomorrow (April 1), says the European Dairy Association (EDA), yet there a...

New EU poultry/eggs industry lobby group formed

Several European associations in the poultry and eggs sector have joined forces to create a new umbrella lobby group, to better represent and promote ...

TPP: Deal may not come until after 2016 US elections

There may not be a deal on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) until after the US elections in 2016, Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb has said.

EU launches new reporting system for vet drug residues

EU authorities are launching a new system for monitoring veterinary drug residues in animals and animal products.

Five predictions for the EU dairy sector post-milk quotas

What are the most likely scenarios following the end of EU milk production quotas?

Analysis: Argentina needs to lower tariffs and adopt agricultural innovation

Ahead of general and presidential elections this October in Argentina, in which the controversial Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will not be eligible to contest for a third term, the case for urgent f...

Five predictions for the EU dairy sector post-milk quotas

What are the most likely scenarios following the end of EU milk production quotas?

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UK's Real Good Food considers sale of sugar unit

UK-based Real Good Food (RGF) has said it is looking at “options” for its sugar units amid falling EU prices for the sweetener; and trade rumours that it is in talks over a sale to French firm Cristal...

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

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.

UK dairy industry unites against Johnes disease

The British dairy industry is joining forces to launch a new initiative aimed managing and reducing the incidence of Johne’s disease in cattle.