The EU and US should negotiate an “exhaustive list” of sensitive agricultural products to be exempted from tariff elimination under a trade deal, while EU negotiators must provide “strong protection” for the EU’s system of Geographical Indications (GIs), MEPs ...

EU, Japan leaders still aiming for FTA conclusion this year

The EU Council and Commission presidents and the Japanese prime minister have reaffirmed the aim of concluding the terms of a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) by the end of 2015, despite a number of “outsta...

Agriculture MEPs oppose methane emission targets

New reduction targets for methane should be deleted from Commission air quality proposals, while targets for ammonia should be made more flexible, the European Parliament’s agriculture committee (ComAgri) agree...

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (June 1-5)

EU agriculture ministers will meet in Riga on Monday and Tuesday (June 1-2) for the ‘informal’ Farm Council of the Latvian Presidency, with talks to focus on the state of organic agriculture in the bloc and its...

Russia approves wheat tax for new season sales

Russia has approved a new wheat export tax for the 2015/16 marketing year, which is seemingly designed to prevent exports should the value of the rouble drop steeply.

IGC upgrades global wheat production forecast

World wheat production will hit 715 million tonnes in the 2015/16 season, according to the latest forecast by the International Grains Council, which is 10mt higher than their previous estimate and just 1% down...

Commission issues 2016 CAP budget plans

The European Commission has put forward its 2016 EU budget proposal, which includes a total allocation of just over €61.5 billion for the CAP.

Bird flu losses spark US egg import plea

US authorities are being urged to relax rules on egg imports to help address supply concerns caused by an ongoing wave of avian flu outbreaks.

Embargo carves slice out of Russian poultry imports

Russian chicken meat imports fell by 45% in the first quarter of this year as the country’s ban on key Western suppliers helped accelerate efforts to ...

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 th...

Breeding stock bans to crimp poultry supplies

Widespread outbreaks of avian flu are having a major impact on global poultry markets, according to a new report which says bans on the import of bree...

Russia seals bulk of Egyptian wheat tender

Egypt's state grain buyer, the General Authority for Supply Commodities (GASC) purchased 240,000 tonnes of Russian and Romanian wheat in its latest te...

Drop-off in weekly EU soft wheat and barley licences

EU soft wheat export licences were at their lowest weekly level for seven weeks in the seven days ending May 27 and the fourth lowest for the 2014/15 ...

Five things you need to know this week (May 29)

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

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.

Five things you need to know this week (May 29)

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

CAP

Commission adopts 24 CAP rural development programmes

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

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

EFSA calls for data on banned neonicotinoids and bees

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a call for data on the risks posed to bees by three banned neonicotinoid insecticides – Bayer's clothianidin and imidacloprid as well as Syngenta’s...

Falling feed prices benefit US livestock sector

Tumbling feed prices have helped generate a mini-revival for the livestock sector in the US, though consumption habits are not expected to return to record levels.