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 lead MEP on the file Martin Häusling has said.

Commission adopts 24 CAP rural development programmes

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

Russian farmers irked by support for large processors

Russian farmers have called on the government to put an end to what they see as unfair advantages given to large agricultural holdings and instead boost support for small and medium-sized producers.

Exclusive window for Terrena to acquire Doux poultry group

French agricultural giant cooperative Terrena is making a bid for a controlling 52.5% stake in the poultry group Doux.

Analysis: GIs become new battleground in EU trade deal talks

Negotiators at a ten-day Diplomatic Conference in Geneva this week approved a strengthening of the international registration system for protecting names that identify the geographic origin of products such as ...

Dairy Interview: Part Two - 'TTIP should focus on non-tariff trade barriers'

While the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has seemingly been receiving the most attention in the European media, it is just one of the numerous bilateral and global trade agreemen...

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 ...

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.

OIE chooses EU candidate as new director general

France's former chief veterinary officer Dr Monique Eloit is to take over as head of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) after being electe...

Russia proposes new wheat export tax for 2015/16

Russia’s agriculture ministry is proposing a new export tax on wheat shipments, which it claims is needed to protect domestic livestock farmers from r...

Paraguay set to join push for EU-Mercosur deal

Paraguay is expected to back Brazil and Uruguay in their push to speed up agreement of a long-delayed trade deal between the EU and the Mercosur tradi...

US Senate votes through ‘fast-track’ bill key to TPP/TTIP

The US Senate has passed bipartisan legislation key to the prospects of US trade deals with Europe and Asia.

Cristal Union in joint venture to build isobutene plant

French agro-industrial giant Cristal Union and advanced biofuels company Global Bioenergies have announced a joint venture (JV) to build and operate F...

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.

Kansas researchers develop recombinant vaccines for avian flu

Kansas State University has developed recombinant vaccines that could be used to protect against a whole host of diseases impacting food animals.