Member states rubber-stamp GMO cultivation proposal

EU member states have voted through the proposal identifying what grounds governments can ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in their territory.

Russia refuses to lift EU trade embargo

Russia’s deputy prime minister, Arkady Dvorkovic, has said the country will not cancel the embargo imposed on countries that introduced sanctions on Russia.

Trade Focus: Reliable supplier image helps extend US grain export season

US grain and oilseed markets continued to head off bearish supply pressures as maize and soya export sales extended counter-seasonal strength – offering spillover support to a less active wheat market too.

Ninth round of EU-Japan trade talks wraps up

EU-Japan trade talks last week were constructive, but didn’t produce any “major breakthroughs”, Commission sources have told Agra Europe.

EU requests WTO panel over Russia import duties

The EU has decided to take Russia to World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement on account of its “excessive import duties” on certain products, such as palm oil.

Analysis: EU pigmeat sector split over private storage plan

More than a year on from Russia’s decision to ban EU pigmeat imports, the European Commission this week decided to introduce private storage aid (PSA) for pigmeat – a move designed to stimulate market recovery.

Fruit and veg POs faced with ‘legal uncertainty’ - report

Legal uncertainty is the most significant problem facing national authorities and producer organisations (POs) in the EU’s fruit and vegetable sector,...

EU trumps US as world wheat exporter

Wheat exports out of the EU continue to grow, as US sales take a record slump, according to the latest report by the International Grains Council (IGC...

Global spread of avian flu 'unprecedented', says WHO

Avian flu viruses are spreading and mutating more extensively than ever before, the World Health Organisation warns in a new document , which highligh...

UK pig and poultry sectors air TTIP concerns in Brussels

British pork and poultry producers must not be left at a competitive disadvantage by lower standard imports, MEPs were told as UK farming groups aired...

China restricts Canadian beef over BSE fears

China has joined the list of countries restricting imports of Canadian beef following the country’s first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BS...

Russia looks to address farming 'credit crisis'

Russia is looking at ways to address a shortage of available credit for farmers ahead of the winter sowing season.

EU confirms further butter/SMP storage aid extension

The European Commission has confirmed that EU ‘private storage aid’ (PSA) for butter and skimmed milk powder (SMP) will continue until the end of Sept...

Editorial: EU must finally deliver clarity on its biofuels policy

The EU’s biofuels supply chain has once again called for an end to the political uncertainty surrounding the cap on the use of conventional biofuels in the bloc’s transport energy mix.

Analysis: US feed exporters feel effects of bear grain market

The large corn (maize), sugar beet and citrus processing sectors in the US generate a stream of co-products which are highly valued as animal feed ingredients in many parts of the world. The most impo...

Editorial: EU must finally deliver clarity on its biofuels policy

The EU’s biofuels supply chain has once again called for an end to the political uncertainty surrounding the cap on the use of conventional biofuels in the bloc’s transport energy mix.

CAP

Hogan asks MEPs for input on CAP simplification

EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan has asked MEPs to submit ideas and proposals on simplification of the CAP by March 13.

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

Russian farmland values in steep decline

Average agricultural land values in Russia have decreased by up to 41% on the back of its currency depreciation.

Northern Ireland to seek brucellosis-free status

Northern Ireland is to ask the European Commission to declare it free of brucellosis after completing three years without an outbreak of the disease.