With no sign of a let-up in problems caused by African Swine Fever (ASF), the Commission has extended measures aimed at preventing more cases of the disease reaching EU territory from neighbouring countries.

Analysis: TPP deal puts pressure on Commission to respond

The recently agreed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could have serious implications for the EU’s global competitiveness in trade, with the European Commission likely to feel the heat in the coming months to agr...

Commission establishes agricultural markets 'task force’

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan will establish a so-called ‘agricultural markets task force’, which aims to monitor the difficult market situation facing a number of the bloc’s farming sectors, it has em...

GM cultivation ban: 19 member states restrict GMOs on their territory

A total of 19 member states have informed the European Commission of their intention to ban the cultivation of already-authorised or pending genetically modified (GM) crops in their countries, with the October ...

TPP deal reached: Further details and reaction

An agreement between the 12 members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has been reached on reducing tariffs on a range of products and liberalising trade. The deal is set to have a major impact on agricultu...

EU targeted aid allocations - national ‘top-up’ up to 100% permitted

Member states will be able to ‘top up’ their EU allocation for emergency targeted aid for farmers by up to 100%, i.e. match the amount with national funds, the European Commission has confirmed.

CAP P2 plans for Corsica, Italian region Liguria adopted

The 2014-2020 CAP rural development programmes (RDPs) of Corsica and Italy’s Liguria region have been formally approved by the European Commission – w...

EU confirms brucellosis-free status for Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s cattle herd has officially been recognised as free of brucellosis, clearing the way for an end to pre-movement testing of cattle mo...

Dairy fraud may dent Russia’s export ambitions, agency warns

Since banning dairy imports from the EU and other Western suppliers in August of last year, Russia has seen a surge in the amount of vegetable oils us...

MEPs call on Commission to propose GIs for non-food products

The EU’s ‘Geographical Indication (GI) system for protecting traditional food and drink products should be extended to include regionally and locally ...

Commission pushed to step up measures on citrus black spot

The European Commission must step up measures to prevent the spread of citrus black spot disease in Europe, EU umbrella farm lobby Copa-Cogeca has sai...

Updated: TPP has potential to define global trade in 21st Century

Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement have reportedly ironed out their differences and rea...

Brazil unveils draft sustainability guide for livestock

Moves to make Brazil’s livestock industry more sustainable have taken another step forwards with the release of a draft set of guidelines aimed not on...

Five things you need to know this week... October 2

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in the past seven days.

Trade Focus: Wheat rally confounds the bears – for now

US and EU wheat futures edged up to new seven-week highs last week as the USDA fed bulls, already gorged on CIS dry weather news and a much lower than expected US crop estimate for 2015 – nearly 2.3 m...

Five things you need to know this week... October 2

The biggest news stories on the Agra Europe website in the past seven days.


Member states must better implement EU biodiversity targets – Commission

Member states need to step up their efforts to implement the EU’s ‘biodiversity strategy’ in order to stop biodiversity loss by 2020, the European Commission has said.

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

Russia targets 30% increase in grain output over next decade

The Russian grains market is aiming for a 130 million tonne crop in the next 10 years, according to the country’s agriculture ministry.

Norway cuts antibiotic use in livestock by 40%

A new report from Norway suggests the country has made big strides in the fight against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) by significantly reducing the amount of antibiotics given to food-producing anima...

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