EU requests WTO panel over Russia import duties

The EU has decided to take Russia to World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement on account of its “excessive import duties” on certain products, such as palm oil.

Trade Focus: Reliable supplier image helps extend US grain export season

US grain and oilseed markets continued to head off bearish supply pressures as maize and soya export sales extended counter-seasonal strength – offering spillover support to a less active wheat market too.

Analysis: EU pigmeat sector split over private storage plan

More than a year on from Russia’s decision to ban EU pigmeat imports, the European Commission this week decided to introduce private storage aid (PSA) for pigmeat – a move designed to stimulate market recovery.

Dairy prices rebounding since mid-January – Commission

Downward pressure on milk prices registered since early 2014 have been reversed for many dairy commodities since mid-January, the European Commission has said.

Hogan asks MEPs for input on CAP simplification

EU Farm Commissioner Phil Hogan has asked MEPs to submit ideas and proposals on simplification of the CAP by March 13.

Analysis: Russia's EU food import ban likely to remain in place

There is growing speculation among food and agricultural policy analysts that Russia could soon lift some or all of the sanctions imposed six months ago on the European Union, North America, Australia, and Norw...

Ninth round of EU-Japan trade talks wraps up

EU-Japan trade talks last week were constructive, but didn’t produce any “major breakthroughs”, Commission sources have told Agra Europe.

Council set to adopt GMO cultivation proposal

Member states are set to rubber-stamp the agreement between the European Parliament and Council on what grounds they can ban the cultivation of geneti...

UK pig and poultry sectors air TTIP concerns in Brussels

British pork and poultry producers must not be left at a competitive disadvantage by lower standard imports, MEPs were told as UK farming groups aired...

China restricts Canadian beef over BSE fears

China has joined the list of countries restricting imports of Canadian beef following the country’s first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BS...

Russia looks to address farming 'credit crisis'

Russia is looking at ways to address a shortage of available credit for farmers ahead of the winter sowing season.

EU confirms further butter/SMP storage aid extension

The European Commission has confirmed that EU ‘private storage aid’ (PSA) for butter and skimmed milk powder (SMP) will continue until the end of Sept...

EU wheat and barley exports stay ahead year-on-year

EU soft wheat exports licences topped 900 000 tonnes for the third time this season in the week ended February 24, as barley sales also extended their...

Editorial: EU must finally deliver clarity on its biofuels policy

The EU’s biofuels supply chain has once again called for an end to the political uncertainty surrounding the cap on the use of conventional biofuels in the bloc’s transport energy mix.

Analysis: US feed exporters feel effects of bear grain market

The large corn (maize), sugar beet and citrus processing sectors in the US generate a stream of co-products which are highly valued as animal feed ingredients in many parts of the world. The most impo...

Editorial: EU must finally deliver clarity on its biofuels policy

The EU’s biofuels supply chain has once again called for an end to the political uncertainty surrounding the cap on the use of conventional biofuels in the bloc’s transport energy mix.

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German, Lithuanian cheeses get EU protection

Cheeses made in Germany and Lithuania have this week been added to the EU’s register of protected ‘Geographical Indications’ (GIs) agri-food products.

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

Russian farmland values in steep decline

Average agricultural land values in Russia have decreased by up to 41% on the back of its currency depreciation.

Antibiotic resistance drives decline in EU treatment options

Growing resistance in bacteria to antimicrobial drugs is negatively impacting the availability of treatments for food-borne infections in animals and humans.