The European Commission has been urged by the European Parliament to act now to help EU dairy, fruit and vegetable farmers affected by the Russian import embargo – now extended to at least August 2016.

Russian import ban affects EU agri-food export growth

EU agri-food imports in 2014 outgrew exports year-on-year in percentage terms for the first time in at least a decade, with the Russian ban on agri-food imports from Western markets likely the key contributor.

Increasing value of EU farm output due to price changes - WTO

The total value of EU agricultural production was just under €400 billion last year, with the steady increase in the past five years mainly down to changes in prices rather than production changes, according to...

Greek crisis set to impact on EU meat and livestock trade

Growing uncertainty over the economic future of Greece has obvious human costs – vividly illustrated by wall-to-wall media coverage of people queueing at banks to withdraw enough money to feed their families.

Greek rejection of bail-out terms magnifies food trading risk

Greek voters have decisively rejected by 61.3% to 38.7% the terms of an international bailout of its economy in a nationwide referendum.

White House announces major overhaul of GMO regulations

The Obama administration has launched a major overhaul of the way US federal agencies regulate genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in response to significant advances in biotechnology that it said have made t...

Preferential EU sugar imports down year-on-year

The EU awarded 47,096 tonnes of import licences to countries pursuant the EPA/EBA agreements in the week to June 26, up from 38,728t a week earlier bu...

US maize/soya ratings still behind average

US corn (maize) crop ratings are still running behind year-ago levels but are better than they were last week, while soyabean ratings have held steady...

EFSA opinion on non-target insects paves way for GM maize approval

Genetically modified (GM) maize ‘1507’ should soon be approved for cultivation in the EU, after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded th...

Informa downgrades EU grain production forecasts

Informa Economics lowered its forecasts for EU wheat, maize and barley production this year in its latest World Crop Report for July but increased the...

EU asks experts to find scientists for new EU science advice body

The European Commission has asked three experts – one British, one Dutch and one Portuguese – to help find seven individuals for a ‘High-Level Group’ ...

Farm support in OECD countries, emerging economies ‘converging’

Levels of support to agricultural producers in Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries and emerging economies are conve...

Civil society alliance asks MEPs to shoot down TTIP

A group of civil society organisations calling themselves the ‘Stop-TTIP Alliance’ have urged member of the European Parliament (MEPs) to vote against...

Agra Europe's top ten most read articles for June

The most read articles on the Agra Europe website last month.

Comment: Risk of mycotoxin contamination in crops grows with climate change

Professor Naresh Magan and Dr Angel Medina Vaya of the Cranfield Soil and AgriFood Institute discuss the research they have been undertaking on the potential spread of fungal diseases as a result of c...

Agra Europe's top ten most read articles for June

The most read articles on the Agra Europe website last month.


Farming not ‘low income’ sector of society in EU - study

Agriculture in the EU is not a low-income sector of society, despite average annual income of around €5,800 per person in the newest 12 EU member states, a new study commissioned by the European Parli...

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

ComAgri rapporteur joins call for GMO proposal rejection

The European Parliament’s agriculture committee (ComAgri) rapporteur on the controversial European Commission proposal on genetically modified (GM) food and feed imports has joined the push to see the...

Meat firms lose legal cases in France and Britain

A French court has found one of the country’s largest pigmeat processors guilty of manipulating food safety tests so that potentially unsafe meat could be sold to consumers.

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