TTIP: Proposed list of ‘GIs’ likely similar to that in EU-Canada deal

The list of EU ‘Geographical Indications’ (GIs) to be presented to US negotiators for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) will likely be very similar to the one agreed in the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), it...

Commission announces wave of new agri promotion programmes

The European Commission has approved 41 new programmes to promote EU agricultural products in the bloc and in third country markets, it announced.

Farm Council: Member states showing interest in financial instruments for agriculture

EU governments are showing interest in using EU financial instruments in their rural development programmes (RDPs), through a joint European Commission and European Investment Bank (EIB) plan, EU Agriculture Co...

Farm Council: Commission reports on COOL for range of products imminent

Two delayed European Commission reports on the feasibility of compulsory country of origin labelling (COOL) for certain types of meat, milk and other types of food product should be published in the coming week...

EU agri-food exports rose in Aug-Dec 2014, despite Russia ban

Total EU agri-food exports to third countries increased by 2% in value terms between August and December last year compared to the same period in 2013, despite the Russian ban.

Analysis: OECD report poses direct challenge to EU over safety of GM crops

Genetically modified crops fed to food producing animals pose no health threat to human consumers. This is the clear conclusion to be drawn from a wide ranging survey by the Organisation for Economic Cooperatio...

Keep annual organic farm checks in place - Copa-Cogeca

Yearly controls on organic farms in the EU should be maintained in the potential new legislative framework being discussed by decision-makers, says th...

Analysis: EU pigmeat forecasts reveal PSA limitations

EU farmers' union Copa Cogeca has called for additional measures to help the pigmeat sector as it becomes clear that private storage aid (PSA) has onl...

Farm Council: Forestry conclusions adopted ahead of UN meeting

EU agriculture ministers have adopted ‘Council Conclusions’ on an EU position ahead of an upcoming UN conference on the world’s forests.

Middle income countries must reshape their food systems - IFPRI

Five middle income countries – Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and Mexico – may be enjoying fast economic growth but still account for nearly half of ...

Huge US egg facility hit by avian flu

US authorities have detected a case of avian flu on a huge egg laying facility in Iowa – further deepening the problems faced by the country’s egg and...

Organic review: Council Presidency readies compromise text

The Latvian Presidency of the Council has put forward compromises on the presence of non-authorised substances in organic products as well as controls...

Japanese demand for EU pork to decline from 2014 highs

Japanese pork imports from the EU are expected to decline this year as the country starts to recover from serious disease outbreaks in 2014.

Five things you need to know this week (April 17)

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

Analysis: Small is profitable for ambitious post-quotas Dutch

To the Dutch the ending of EU dairy quotas is just the start: there are far greater challenges ahead. Not least: how can such a small country support a growing dairy sector?

Five things you need to know this week (April 17)

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website this week.

CAP

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (April 20-24)

EU agriculture ministers will meet in Luxembourg on Monday (April 20) for a Farm Council meeting, with potential origin labelling for a range of agri-food products to be discussed with the European Co...

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

New EU GM crop cultivation rules enter into force

Revised EU rules on authorising the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in the EU have entered into force.

Company News: European feed firms step up Asian investments

Asia’s fast growing animal feed sector continues to attract investments from Europe, with a number of big new projects announced by Danish, French and Dutch companies over the past few days.