While mostly down again last week, crop futures appeared to be taking a less fraught view of China’s economic turmoil – even the China-tied soya market, which clambered off early 6½-year lows, as the top importer made some fresh US purchases.

Agri-food goods see biggest annual inflation rise in eurozone

Euro coins The average consumer price of unprocessed agri-food goods in the EU eurozone rose by far more than that for any other product group in the past twelve months, according to provisional data.

Mixed picture for EU agri-food exports continued in June

Overall EU agri-food exports in June were around 11% higher, in value terms, than they were in June 2014, despite the considerable impact of Russia’s blanket embargo, the European Commission has revealed.

Dairy PSA scheme officially extended, intervention soon

Member states have officially backed the European Commission move to extend the period for private storage aid (PSA) for skimmed milk powder (SMP) and butter.

Commission cuts maize production outlook further

The European Commission has knocked a further 6.7 million tonnes off its forecast for maize production in the bloc this season, which is below the estimates of many leading analysts.

Stock market turmoil offers currency relief for non-Euro farmers

This week’s global stock market turmoil has had some beneficial side-effects for farmers in the UK and other non-Euro countries, as they eye European exchange rates nervously ahead of the September 30 dateline ...

CAP RDP for France’s Loire region adopted

The European Commission has adopted the 2014-2020 CAP rural development programme (RDP) for France’s Loire region.

FAO, Swedish group agree pact to support smallholder POs

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and a Swedish development cooperation organisation have entered into a partnership aimed at strengtheni...

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (August 31-September 4)

With the yearly August lull in the rearview mirror, work will begin in earnest towards the ‘emergency’ meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Brussels...

MEPs furious after Italy told to scratch 1974 dairy law

A group of Italian MEPs are fighting a European Commission demand for Italy to repeal a 1974 law banning the use of powdered, condensed and reconstitu...

US predicts smallest annual agri-food trade surplus since 2007

The USDA’s first forecast for the 2016 fiscal year has predicted a decline in the value of US agricultural exports, while the value of imports is set ...

EU clears use of recycled hot water to clean carcasses

Slaughterhouses in the EU will be allowed to decontaminate animal carcasses with recycled hot water treatments under a new regulation published today ...

UK adds to bTB controls with badger cull extension

Strategies aimed at eradicating bovine TB (bTB) are to be strengthened in England with the introduction of new measures – including a limited extensio...

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

Analysis: EU sugar production could slump to 45-year low

Output of sugar in the European Union will drop to 15.1 million tonnes in the forthcoming marketing year, down 4.2mt from 2014/15, according to the first estimate for the season from Agra Europe’s sis...

Five things you need to know this week... August 28

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

CAP

‘Short-term’ aid measures for EU farmers on way – Hogan

A series of “short-term” measures are expected in early September, aimed at aiding struggling producers during a difficult time for EU agriculture, Commissioner Phil Hogan has said.

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

IGC raises global grain outlook to record high

Global grain supplies will reach historic highs in the 2015/16 season, the International Grains Council (IGC) said on Thursday (August 27).

Retailers operating ‘casino system’ – Irish dairy group

Retailers have been allowed to insulate their margins from price volatility in the dairy sector, meaning that they do not feel the burdens of price fluctuation currently being felt by dairy producers,...

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