The European Commission has announced EU member states’ allocations under an emergency ‘private storage aid’ (PSA) scheme for cheese, based on each country’s production.

WTO ‘facing existential moment’ as Doha Round deadlock intensifies

World trade negotiators are to embark on a bid to salvage whatever is retrievable from the Doha Round agriculture discussions prior to the year-end WTO Ministerial meeting in Nairobi, amid deep pessimism over t...

Italy, Denmark join list of countries restricting GMO cultivation

Italy and Denmark have become the latest EU member states to inform the European Commission of their plans to ban the cultivation of already-authorised or pending genetically modified (GM) crops in their countr...

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (October 5-9)

Members of the European Parliament agriculture committee (ComAgri) will hold a special meeting on Monday (October 5), to hear about a new, long-term implementation plan for a new EU forest strategy.

Soft wheat export licences down 20% compared with last season

Lithuania led in the way in terms of EU soft wheat export licences awarded last week, but the total pace of licences is slipping further behind year-ago levels.

Direct payment conversion rates for 2015 set for non-Euro countries

The strengthening of the Euro has meant a better outcome than was previously expected for farmers in non-Euro EU countries when it comes to fixing the national currency value of 2015 direct aid payments - in pa...

Member states must better implement EU biodiversity targets – Commission

Member states need to step up their efforts to implement the EU’s ‘biodiversity strategy’ in order to stop biodiversity loss by 2020, the European Com...

China could be ‘the new Japan’ as growth rates fall, warns analyst

China’s longer-term potential to be a driver of growth in the global economy, and hence in global agri-food markets, may have been significantly over-...

Slow week for French maize harvest but ahead of last year's pace

Maize harvesting in France advanced slowly last week while still remaining ahead of last year's pace, according to farm office FranceAgriMer.

Russia targets 30% increase in grain output over next decade

The Russian grains market is aiming for a 130 million tonne crop in the next 10 years, according to the country’s agriculture ministry.

Hogan to set up high level group on financial tools for agriculture

The European Commission will in the near future set up a new high-level group of experts that will look at how financial instruments (FIs) such as hed...

EU farmers unlikely to increase rapeseed planted area for 2016/17

EU rapeseed planted area is unlikely to rise for the 2016/17 season due to generally weak prices and a lack of profitable alternatives at the time whe...

PEDv likely arrived on bags then spread in feed, says USDA

A virus that killed millions of pigs in the US in 2013 and 2014 is likely to have entered the country on reusable bags carrying feed and other bulk pr...

Five things you need to know this week... October 2

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

Analysis: EU steps up moves to curb speculative farm commodity trading

European regulators are moving forward to curb the influence of speculative trading in commodity markets, ahead of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II) law that is scheduled to...

Five things you need to know this week... October 2

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


Commission challenged on CAP eligibility rules for woody pastures

The European Commission is pushing strict rules on allowing CAP aid for pastures with trees and shrubs, meaning thousands of extensive livestock farmers in Spain could lose eligibility, the European F...

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

Germany, Bulgaria and Cyprus among latest to ban GMO cultivation ahead of deadline

Eight more member states and regions have confirmed to the European Commission their intention to ban the cultivation of already-authorised or pending genetically modified (GM) crops on their territor...

Avian flu puts focus on ‘wasteful’ US egg rules

As US egg producers struggle to meet demand in the wake of this year’s devastating avian flu outbreaks, food groups in the country are calling for changes to rules that result in tens of millions of e...

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