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Following the publication of budget options last week, agriculture ministers debated CAP 2020 in a council meeting in Brussels this week.
By Phelim O'Neill on 22 February 2018
US, Russia and Asia push EU agri-food exports to record high in 2017
Despite a slowdown in December, full-year trade figures for European agriculture and food show the highest surplus ever recorded.
By Thomas Hubert on 20 February 2018
Markets were once again mixed last week, with both Paris wheat and rape seeing marginal declines while US wheat, maize and particularly soya beans futures recorded reasonable increases.
By Stephen Robb on 20 February 2018
Target Department underspend at suckler farmers – Fianna Fáil
A Fianna Fáil motion will call for direct support for suckler farmers and for Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed to target the RDP underspend at low income farmers.
By Amy Forde on 19 February 2018
Future CAP on the agenda in Brussels this week
The future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is on the agenda in Brussels this week. Following on from the CAP consultation meetings, Ireland will be looking for no cuts to the current budget.
By Amy Forde on 19 February 2018
UK MPs call for Brexit fund for farmers
In a new report, UK MPs have called for a fund for UK farmers in order to help with the impact of Brexit on the industry.
By Amy Forde on 18 February 2018
Budget proposals published in a communication this week and will be debated by agriculture ministers on Monday.
By Phelim O'Neill on 17 February 2018
The next step for Irish beef access to the Chinese market rests with officials in China, following a visit last week from an Irish delegation.
By Amy Forde on 15 February 2018
Minister Creed has said he is mindful of developments internationally where many competitor countries are now moving towards the use of EID in their cattle populations.
By Amy Forde on 15 February 2018
Nitrates derogation confirmed
Over 7,000 farmers are expected to avail of the derogation in the coming year.
By Michael Keaveny on 15 February 2018
The ongoing CAP discussion is a reminder that the UK and Scotland have to get on with developing their own policy for a future outside the EU.
By Phelim O'Neill on 15 February 2018
The timing of land inspections so close to SAF applications means that many farmers may not know the results of the inspection when they submit their SAFs forms in May.
By John Sleigh on 15 February 2018
The Copenhagen Economics report on Brexit reveals that no matter what type of Brexit occurs, the impact on Ireland, and agriculture in particular, will be serious.
By Phelim O'Neill on 14 February 2018
A perfect storm of a trade deal with Mercosur along with Brexit denying Irish access to the UK market would finish our suckler industry.
By Phelim O'Neill on 15 February 2018
It has been three years since China lifted the BSE ban on Irish beef, however no beef has hit the Chinese market yet.
By Amy Forde on 15 February 2018
Dairy and beef exports could fall by 76% and 53% in hard Brexit
Analysis by Copenhagen Economics has found that in a hard Brexit scenario, Irish beef and dairy exports will be hit hard.
By Amy Forde on 13 February 2018
I believe you have now got to the point where we have a format/model which provides real benchmark data on our profitability – William Glasheen, by email.
By Letters to the Editor on 15 February 2018
Recognition for the public goods farmers provide has been thrown into the spotlight as an issue that needs to be dealt with when the UK leaves the EU and creates its own agricultural policy.
By Odile Evans on 15 February 2018
Fractious exchanges between the UK and the EU are not assisting with the Brexit deal.
By Phelim O'Neill on 09 February 2018
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator has issued the UK with a warning to come up with solutions for the Irish border or face Northern Ireland remaining in the customs union.
By Amy Forde on 09 February 2018
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