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 ...

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 scheduled for the following week – September 7.

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 reconstituted milk in dairy products and require labelling instead.

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.

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...

Agra Europe office closed on Monday, August 31

The Agra Europe offices in London will be closed on Monday, August 31 due to a UK national holiday.

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).

Two more member states signal intent to restrict GMO cultivation

Latvia and Greece have both written to the European Commission requesting the use of new legislation on restricting the cultivation of genetically mod...

Costly cattle disease reaches EU for first time

The European Commission has put in place new restrictions on the sale of bovine products from Greece’s Evros region in a bid to contain the bloc’s fir...

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

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

Monsanto drops bid to acquire rival Syngenta

US agricultural giant Monsanto has dropped its bid to acquire Syngenta, after the Swiss biotech company rejected Monsanto’s latest offer to acquire it.

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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