EU governments and MEPs will discuss the ongoing ‘simplification review’ of the CAP next week, while the agriculture ministers of the world’s ‘G20’ group will hold a two-day meeting in Istanbul.

Commission calls out Latvia laws on farmland acquisition

The European Commission has accused Latvia of violating EU rules with respect to its national legislation on intra-EU acquisitions of agricultural land in the country.

Uruguay seeks Mercosur flexibility amid fears for trade

Uruguay has called for greater freedom to negotiate trade deals away from its Mercosur trade partners amid fears that current constraints could pose a threat to farm exports as other parts of the world push ahe...

Global Biopesticide Regulations - Challenges, opportunities and future prospects

Biopesticide regulation is a complex and dynamic field. The key challenge facing regulators is to develop predictive and efficient regulatory processes that ensure product safety and consistency without inhibit...

Weaker euro reignites EU pork sales to China

Chinese demand for EU pigmeat regained momentum in the first quarter of 2015, with purchases rising 23% when compared to the same period last year.

EU wheat and barley export licences stretch ahead year-on-year

Total EU soft wheat export licences in the 2014/15 marketing year are now 10% above the level seen at the same point last season, according to the latest data from the European Commission, while barley shipment...

Ireland in a spin over COOL rules for meat

New EU meat labelling rules are being used as a pretext for processors to drive down the prices they pay for lamb on both sides of the Irish border, l...

Spanish transport of unfit cattle a ‘chronic issue’, says FVO

Animal welfare standards at Spanish red meat slaughterhouses are broadly in line with EU requirements, but the transport of injured animals to abattoi...

Agra Europe offices closed on Monday, May 4

The Agra Europe offices will be closed on Monday, May 4 due to the national holiday in the UK.

Average EU grain prices increased in March

Average prices for the majority of agricultural commodities increased in March compared with the previous month, although most are still well below th...

Commission ends PSA for pigmeat as prices stabilise

EU member states have backed a Commission move to close private storage aid (PSA) for pigmeat following a modest uptick in prices and waning interest ...

Russia will 'soften' rather than lift agri-food import ban

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister has suggested that the ban on agri-food imports from Western markets, due to expire in August this year, will be ‘softe...

Ukraine to end import surcharge on farm goods by end of 2015

Ukraine will by the end of the year end extra import tariffs it has been imposing on agricultural goods since early February on account of the war in ...

Five things you need to know this week (May 1)

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

Analysis: Policy reforms can make Colombian agriculture more competitive

Colombia is the fifth largest and third most populous country in Latin America, with a population of 47 million, and a median age of 26.8 years. The rural population is comparatively younger than the ...

Five things you need to know this week (May 1)

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

CAP

Financial instruments under CAP 'thus far unsuccessful'

Financial instruments (FIs) have up to this point been unsuccessful under the CAP’s Pillar Two (P2), with an uphill battle needed if they are to be more widely used going forward, the European Court o...

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

FAO calls for ‘urgent’ aid to Nepalese earthquake hit farmers

Some €7 million is urgently needed to help Nepalese farmers rapidly recover lost agricultural inputs on account of the recent earthquake and resume preparations for the imminent rice sowing season, th...

Russian cheese embargo prompts greater EU milk powder sales

EU cheese exports were down 18% in February – the result of the continuing Russian trade embargo.