Interview: Competitive EU wheat prices likely to stay

The 2014/15 marketing year has already seen EU wheat exports reach a record high and the bloc has overtaken the US as the world's leading exporter of the grain.

MEPs vote to merge CAP school milk and fruit schemes

The proposed merger of the CAP’s school milk and school fruit/vegetable schemes should go ahead as planned, despite the European Commission putting the proposal “on hold”.

Russia ban: Commission defends EU fruit/vegetable measures

EU measures taken to help fruit and vegetables producers in response to Russia’s import ban have been mostly successful, helping to stabilise markets while not being able to help all those affected, according t...

Organic review: Lead MEP presents draft report

The European Commission proposal on a revamp of the EU’s organic sector leaves too much power in the hands of the Commission, with too many important elements left to ‘delegated acts’, the European Parliament’s...

Commission adopts 24 CAP rural development programmes

The European Commission has adopted 24 new CAP 2014-2020 rural development programmes (RDPs), it has announced.

Rise in basic food production key to fall in global hunger - UN

Increases in the amounts of basic foodstuffs such as cereals, oilseeds, meats, sugar and dairy products have contributed to a lower global prevalence of undernourishment in the past couple of years, the UN has ...

EU boosts outlook for soft wheat yields

The European Commission has further raised its forecast for EU soft wheat yields, boosted by beneficial growing conditions across the bloc – particula...

France and Ireland secure upgrade to BSE risk status

France and Ireland will this week secure an upgrade to their risk status for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), potentially opening up more marke...

Campylobacter targets missed in UK, but hope for 2016

UK retailers have so far failed to reach their targets for reducing campylobacter in fresh chicken with more than seven out of ten fresh chickens stil...

Two more EU products granted GI status

A German and a Portuguese product are the latest agri-food items to be added to the EU’s register of Geographical Indications (GIs).

US winter wheat condition better than trade expectations

US winter wheat ratings held steady at 45% good/excellent in USDA’s latest Crop Progress report, while the first ratings of the season for corn (maize...

Russia restricts imports of US live poultry and eggs

Russia has announced new restrictions on live poultry and hatching eggs from the US, where avian flu has now affected more than 40 million birds.

FAO, wholesalers partner to reduce food waste

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has partnered with World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM) in roder to promote sustainability in the wh...

Editorial: Battle over GI recognition in world trade steps up

Geographical Indications on agri-food products are becoming an increasingly hot topic in trade talks, with growing international recognition for them seemingly at odds with North American Intellectual...

Analysis: EU sugar companies continue to adjust ahead of quota end

The international sugar sector continues to go through a period of turmoil. Following four years of surpluses, it could have been expected that the leading sugar companies around the world may start t...

Editorial: Battle over GI recognition in world trade steps up

Geographical Indications on agri-food products are becoming an increasingly hot topic in trade talks, with growing international recognition for them seemingly at odds with North American Intellectual...

CAP

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (May 25-29)

The European Parliament agriculture and rural development committee (ComAgri) will discuss the contentious set of proposals to revise EU rules on organic food production and trade in the week commenci...

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: Is wheat’s ‘weather market’ running out of steam?

Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) wheat futures reacted to further rain on harvest-near wheat in the US Plains with six-week highs at one stage last week, aggregating an 11% gain on the month to date.

Cargill to buy majority stake in Turkish feed maker

US-based agribusiness Cargill is to strengthen its presence in Turkey with the acquisition of a majority stake in one of the country’s leading feed makers.