EU governments are showing interest in using EU financial instruments in their rural development programmes (RDPs), through a joint European Commission and European Investment Bank (EIB) plan, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.

Farm Council: Commission reports on COOL for range of products imminent

Two delayed European Commission reports on the feasibility of compulsory country of origin labelling (COOL) for certain types of meat, milk and other types of food product should be published in the coming week...

EU agri-food exports rose in Aug-Dec 2014, despite Russia ban

Total EU agri-food exports to third countries increased by 2% in value terms between August and December last year compared to the same period in 2013, despite the Russian ban.

Analysis: OECD report poses direct challenge to EU over safety of GM crops

Genetically modified crops fed to food producing animals pose no health threat to human consumers. This is the clear conclusion to be drawn from a wide ranging survey by the Organisation for Economic Cooperatio...

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (April 20-24)

EU agriculture ministers will meet in Luxembourg on Monday (April 20) for a Farm Council meeting, with potential origin labelling for a range of agri-food products to be discussed with the European Commission.

Latvian Presidency drafts Council’s CAP simplification calls

The ‘greening’ provisions for direct payments must be simplified as a priority and reporting and inspection burdens should be reduced, says a draft version of the common member state position on simplifying the...

Keep annual organic farm checks in place - Copa-Cogeca

Yearly controls on organic farms in the EU should be maintained in the potential new legislative framework being discussed by decision-makers, says th...

Analysis: EU pigmeat forecasts reveal PSA limitations

EU farmers' union Copa Cogeca has called for additional measures to help the pigmeat sector as it becomes clear that private storage aid (PSA) has onl...

Farm Council: Forestry conclusions adopted ahead of UN meeting

EU agriculture ministers have adopted ‘Council Conclusions’ on an EU position ahead of an upcoming UN conference on the world’s forests.

Middle income countries must reshape their food systems - IFPRI

Five middle income countries – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico – may be enjoying fast economic growth but still account for nearly half of ...

Organic review: Council Presidency readies compromise text

The Latvian Presidency of the Council has put forward compromises on the presence of non-authorised substances in organic products as well as controls...

Trade Focus: ‘Rain makes grain’ mantra drives lower wheat prices

Wheat futures fell to six-week lows in Chicago and Paris as traders believed a better round of rains and more in the forecast was finally promising re...

Analysis: Small is profitable for ambitious post-quotas Dutch

To the Dutch the ending of EU dairy quotas is just the start: there are far greater challenges ahead. Not least: how can such a small country support ...

Five things you need to know this week (April 17)

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

Analysis: Growing risk factors dampen global outlook for farm trade

The soft commodities world outlook remains in a state of flux, with generally depressed prices, while uncertain market circumstances prevail in the EU and China.

Five things you need to know this week (April 17)

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

CAP

MEPs urge Commission not to scrap CAP school scheme merger

A plan to merge the CAP’s school milk and school fruit/vegetable schemes should be implemented, and the milk scheme funds increased by €20 million a year, the European Parliament’s agriculture committ...

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

New EU GM crop cultivation rules enter into force

Revised EU rules on authorising the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in the EU have entered into force.

Company News: European feed firms step up Asian investments

Asia’s fast growing animal feed sector continues to attract investments from Europe, with a number of big new projects announced by Danish, French and Dutch companies over the past few days.