Commission warning on 2014-2020 CAP P2 funds

EU governments must commit sufficient funds to the EU’s 2016 budget to avoid payment backlogs in the following years, including for CAP rural development schemes, the European Commission has warned.

EU Milk Production Quotas: 1984-2015

After more than 30 years, EU milk production quotas have finally ended.

Farming key in achieving UN sustainable development goals – conference

Agriculture and agricultural policy and legislation has a key role to play in achieving the forthcoming UN ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGs), many at a conference in Brussels have claimed.

Commission proposes 1.39% cut to 2015 P1 payments to fund ‘Crisis Reserve’

The European Commission has put forward plans to reduce most 2015 CAP direct payments by 1.39%, to fund the so-called ‘Crisis Reserve’ for the 2016 CAP budget.

Analysis: Argentina needs to lower tariffs and adopt agricultural innovation

Ahead of general and presidential elections this October in Argentina, in which the controversial Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will not be eligible to contest for a third term, the case for urgent farm reform...

Comment: Both science and society wants improved EU farm animal welfare

A comprehensive improvement of farm animal welfare within the EU is urgently needed, both from a scientific perspective and also to address societal concerns over current methods of farm animal husbandry.

Commission lowers wheat end stocks estimate for 2015/16

EU soft (common) wheat stocks will be lower than previously expected in 2015/16 due to increased use of the grain as animal feed, the European Commiss...

Updated: End of EU milk quotas - reactions from the sector

The EU dairy sector is “prepared” for the new quota-free market that starts tomorrow (April 1), says the European Dairy Association (EDA), yet there a...

USDA sees lower soya plantings than anticipated

US soya plantings are forecast at a record 84.635 million acres this spring, according to the US Agriculture Department; below market expectations.

New EU meat labelling rules come into force

New EU rules on the labelling of fresh, chilled and frozen meat enter into force on Wednesday (April 1) after a lengthy transition period.

Member states request extension on 2007-2013 CAP P2 deadline

Eleven member states have asked the European Commission for an extension on the admissibility for CAP Pillar Two (P2) rural development payments from ...

Problems mount for US broiler meat exporters

US broiler meat exports slipped back in January as two key markets closed in response to recent avian flu outbreaks.

Commissioner pressed over welfare rules for farmed rabbits

British MEP Catherine Bearder has called on the Commission to introduce specific animal welfare rules for farmed rabbits – claiming current legislatio...

Five predictions for the EU dairy sector post-milk quotas

What are the most likely scenarios following the end of EU milk production quotas?

Analysis: Switzerland urged to liberalise its farm sector further

Agriculture plays a relatively minor and declining role in the Swiss economy. Its share in gross domestic product is less than 1%, while its contribution to employment among a population of 8 million ...

Five predictions for the EU dairy sector post-milk quotas

What are the most likely scenarios following the end of EU milk production quotas?

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EU milk quotas end - sector is ready, says Commission

EU milk production quotas, in place for over three decades, will be abolished next week, with the European Commission “very positive” about the prospects for the European dairy sector.

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

Trade Focus: Markets relaxed about shrinking grain surplus forecasts

Wheat prices fell and maize made only modest gains last week as traders paid more attention to weak old crop fundamentals than a less slack constellation developing for 2015/16 supplies.

Changes afoot in Nordic meat and poultry sector

Nordic meat company HKScan has completed the sale of two of its businesses to buyers in Denmark.