Paraguay is expected to back Brazil and Uruguay in their push to speed up agreement of a long-delayed trade deal between the EU and the Mercosur trading bloc, it has emerged.

EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (May 25-29)

The European Parliament agriculture and rural development committee (ComAgri) will discuss the contentious set of proposals to revise EU rules on organic food production and trade in the week commencing Monday ...

Analysis: GIs become new battleground in EU trade deal talks

Negotiators at a ten-day Diplomatic Conference in Geneva this week approved a strengthening of the international registration system for protecting names that identify the geographic origin of products such as ...

Dairy Interview: Part Two - 'TTIP should focus on non-tariff trade barriers'

While the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) has seemingly been receiving the most attention in the European media, it is just one of the numerous bilateral and global trade agreemen...

EU fund to help SMEs in Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova boost exports

The European Commission will give Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova €200 million in the coming ten years for investments in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), to help increase their exports to the EU.

UK agrifood sector faces uncertain future as EU exit poll looms

With the UK Conservative Party now commanding a clear majority in the UK legislature a referendum on the country’s future in Europe is now a virtual certainty. It also seems increasingly likely that the referen...

Russia proposes new wheat export tax for 2015/16

Russia’s agriculture ministry is proposing a new export tax on wheat shipments, which it claims is needed to protect domestic livestock farmers from r...

US Senate votes through ‘fast-track’ bill key to TPP/TTIP

The US Senate has passed bipartisan legislation key to the prospects of US trade deals with Europe and Asia.

Norway turns to German beef as supply gap widens

After falling back last year, Norwegian beef imports reached record levels in the first four months of 2015 with Germany taking maximum advantage of r...

EU wheat and barley export licences continue to shine

EU soft wheat export licences reached 647,000 tonnes for the week ended May 20, pushing total licences awarded for the 2014/15 marketing season past 2...

Black Sea grain exporters still a threat to US - conference

Despite a year of political turmoil and uncertainties, the Black Sea grains market is still a force to be reckoned with, Matt Ammermann of FC Stone wa...

COCERAL names new president

Jaana Kleinschmit, general manager of the German grain trade association, has been named new President of COCERAL, the European association of cereals...

House Agriculture Committee approves COOL repeal bill

By a vote of 38-6, the US House Agriculture Committee approved legislation Wednesday (May 20) that would repeal country of origin labeling for beef, p...

Editorial: Battle over GI recognition in world trade steps up

Geographical Indications on agri-food products are becoming an increasingly hot topic in trade talks, with growing international recognition for them seemingly at odds with North American Intellectual...

Analysis: EU sugar companies continue to adjust ahead of quota end

The international sugar sector continues to go through a period of turmoil. Following four years of surpluses, it could have been expected that the leading sugar companies around the world may start t...

Editorial: Battle over GI recognition in world trade steps up

Geographical Indications on agri-food products are becoming an increasingly hot topic in trade talks, with growing international recognition for them seemingly at odds with North American Intellectual...

CAP

Farming a key pressure on EU land ecosystems - ‘State of Nature’ report

Modification of crop cultivation practices, livestock grazing, fertilisation and pesticides are among the top threats to terrestrial ecosystems in the EU, the European Commission has warned.

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

'Moderate' El Niño expected for western hemisphere grains

The El Niño event pegged for this year is likely to oscillate between “weak and moderate” with the US expected to escape unscathed, according to speakers at this year’s Global Grain North America even...

EU reports Q1 jump in meat exports after embargo response

EU exports of beef, pork and poultrymeat all rose in the first quarter of this year as the loss of the Russian market was offset by solid gains in other parts of the world.