The July 31, 2015 deadline in the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Doha Round negotiations has passed without anything resembling the desired work programme for concluding the talks. That this would happen had been clear for months.

EU eases burden on meat industry with new BSE rules

New EU rules on bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) enter into force this week, allowing more products to enter the food and feed chain – but only in those countries deemed at lowest risk from the disease.

Rural development plans for Italian and Spanish regions adopted

The European Commission has approved two more 2014-2020 CAP rural development programmes (RDPs), for Italy’s Trento region and Spain’s Asturias region, it announced today (August 3).

Depressing month leaves grain bulls’ hopes pinned on WASDE

Lingering heat and/or drought concerns in Europe and Canada, the still brisk debate over US maize and soya plantings and mixed yield potential failed to stop futures markets on both sides of the Atlantic record...

Plant disease strain in Corsica different to one in Italy

The plant bacterium ‘Xylella fastidiosa’ found on France’s island of Corsica last month is a different strain to the one that has decimated olive trees in southern Italy, the French agriculture ministry has rev...

IARC releases glyphosate ‘monograph’ - EFSA to review

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has now published its full report – its monograph – to back up its claim that the herbicide glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic” to humans.

EU wheat/barley export licences double year-ago levels

The EU granted soft wheat export licences totalling 324,102 tonnes in the week ending July 28 – down by around 1,000t from the previous week but up fr...

Early harvest data shows UK rapeseed yields above average

Early UK oilseed rape yields are above average so far this year, according to new data, but areas affected by the Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle have seen l...

German dairy industry slams French blockade and aid package

Germany’s main dairy industry association has attacked French farmers for blocking the entry of German lorries carrying agri-food goods this week, als...

Extensions of emergency EU aid for fruit/veg and dairy confirmed

EU emergency support schemes for fruit, vegetable and dairy farmers are to be extended into 2016, to help those worst affected by Russia’s ongoing imp...

IGC boosts global maize production outlook

The forecast for global corn (maize) production in 2015/16 has been raised by the International Grains Council (IGC) reflecting an improved crop outlo...

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (August 3-7)

A new EU compensation scheme for fruit and vegetable producers suffering from the effects of Russia’s import ban should come into force in the week co...

Video: Agra Editorial Director discusses global sugar market

Agra Europe Editorial Director Chris Horseman recently appeared on the BBC's World Business Report discussing the recent drop in the price of sugar gl...

Five things you need to know this week... July 31

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

Analysis: Dairy and sugar still TTP sticking points

Sensitive farm products such as dairy and sugar remain the key agricultural issues holding up agreement on a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as talks between the 12 nations involved continue in Hawaii...

Five things you need to know this week... July 31

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


Spanish, Belgian, French products given EU protection

The European Commission has added three agri-food products to the CAP’s ever-growing list of protected ‘Geographical Indications’ (GIs) – a Spanish bean seed, a Belgian potato and a French artichoke.

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

First case of Xylella fastidiosa detected outside of Italy

A first case of the plant bacterium ‘Xylella fastidiosa’ detected outside of Italy has been confirmed in Corsica, France.

Ukraine braces for loss of Russian pigmeat market

Ukrainian pigmeat exporters are bracing themselves for the likely closure of the Russian market following the discovery of African Swine Fever (ASF) on a large pig farm in the Kiev region.

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