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.

Editorial: EU on course to become world’s leading wheat exporter

While the future looks uncertain for exporters of some agricultural produce, the trade in EU wheat is going from strength to strength with the bloc set to overtake the US as the world’s leading exporter of the ...

Editorial: EU and Russia are inextricably linked when it comes to pigmeat trade

The impact of the Russian ban on pigmeat products from the EU in January last year on both sides of the divide is becoming starker with each new set of trade data released.

Editorial: Commission happy to play the waiting game on aid requests

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan seemed to spend a considerable amount of time at this week’s Farm Council meeting batting away requests for direct financial aid or assistance from a variety of farm sectors....

Editorial: Russian pigmeat signals positive but do not expect trade thaw soon

It was welcome news for EU pork producers this week, when Russia said that it would consider lifting the ban on imports of at least some pigmeat products from the bloc.

Editorial: Co-operation still key as EU boosts animal disease war chest

The EU is to increase its spending on the fight against animal diseases, following on from a stark warning by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that a new batch of viruses and zoonoses threatens to wrea...

Editorial: Oil price drop highlights supply chain inequality

The plunging price of oil may be welcome news for customers at the petrol pump – but the benefits are not seemingly being passed on to EU farmers.

Editorial: 2014 has been year of ‘change’ for EU farming

If one word summed up 2014 in the world of EU agricultural politics, and in particular the impact of the bloc’s Common Agricultural Policy, it would b...

Editorial: EU must still aim for a consensus on GMOs

EU institutions have reached an agreement that will allow member states to ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) on their territ...

Editorial: Hogan urged to clear up ‘greening’ issue as a priority

The ‘greening’ requirements in the new CAP will be difficult to implement next year and will most likely lead to a wave of spending errors, a number o...

Editorial: Voice of science must not be quietened

New European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s apparent determination to move away from a Europe-wide science-based approach to developments ...

Editorial: New faces, but same challenges await EU commissioners

As the new European Commissioners for farming, trade and health get their feet under the desk next week, they will find that issues relating to agricu...

Editorial: New CAP delivers increased spending on environmental concerns

Half of all CAP Pillar Two (P2) rural development funds committed so far by EU member states for 2015-2020 have gone on environmental, climate change ...

Editorial: Back to the drawing board for Russian crisis farm measures

Farmers have seemingly been dealt a severe blow with an amended EU budget proposal for 2015, adopted this week, significantly reducing the amount of money available for further emergency funds to help...

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...

Editorial: Back to the drawing board for Russian crisis farm measures

Farmers have seemingly been dealt a severe blow with an amended EU budget proposal for 2015, adopted this week, significantly reducing the amount of money available for further emergency funds to help...

CAP

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.

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.

Compound animal feed in sack

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...