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European Commission

EU considers plan to boost protein crops
The European Commission is seeking backing from farmers and member states' governments to drive the production of protein feeds within the EU.
By Thomas Hubert on 20 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
The German farm union is proposing that EU satellite information could be used to solve the issue of time-consuming farm paperwork.
By Hannah Quinn-Mulligan on 16 February 2018
Options for the period after 2020 outlined include a 30% budget cut, which would reduce average farm incomes by more than 10%, the European Commission admits.
By Pat O'Toole on 14 February 2018
Now that glyphosate has been re-authorised for a further five years in Europe, the EU Parliament has set up a committee to examine the pesticide authorisation procedure.
By Odile Evans on 08 February 2018
MEPs call for increased CAP funding
MEPs have called for an increase in funding in the next CAP budget to maintain farm incomes despite a budget shortfall caused by Brexit.
By Hannah Quinn-Mulligan on 05 February 2018
More concessions are under discussion in trade talks with South American countries. 'This has to stop,' says the IFA.
By Thomas Hubert on 01 February 2018
A ministerial-level meeting is under way to launch a new round of trade negotiations with South American countries, with France and Ireland in an alliance to protect the beef sector from imports.
By Thomas Hubert on 30 January 2018
EU scraps minimum intervention price for skimmed milk powder
A decision taken this Monday will have far-reaching implications for the dairy market in 2018.
By Caitríona Morrissey on 29 January 2018
Ireland could face €1.6m fine over Galway wind farm
The European Commission is taking Ireland back to the EU Court of Justice for its failure to not properly carry out an environmental impact assessment for the largest wind farm in Ireland.
By Amy Forde on 25 January 2018
Monthly data has been the highest on record since the start of last year except in April.
By Thomas Hubert on 25 January 2018
EU exports hit new record
Agricultural exports from the EU hit a new record in November with alcohol and sugar driving growth.
By Thomas Hubert on 24 January 2018
European dairy markets have reacted positively to last week’s GDT, as well as firm demand from buyers.
By Lorcan Allen on 25 January 2018
Gerald Potterton reflects on the value of hedgerows that he obliterated from his farm with gusto.
By Gerald Potterton on 25 January 2018
At the IFA AGM, Tassos Haniotis from DG Agriculture at the European Commission outlined what changes he envisions for the future of CAP.
By Hannah Quinn-Mulligan on 19 January 2018
The Brexit gap in the EU's finances may not be fully filled, but threats of substantial CAP cuts are moving away.
By Thomas Hubert on 18 January 2018
The latest statistics from the European Commission have show that the UK is the only country in Europe with a decrease in organically farmed area between 2010 and 2016.
By Barry Cassidy on 18 January 2018
The New Year sees a reshuffle among European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan's closest advisers.
By The Dealer on 02 January 2018
The European Commission identifies the Irish suckler herd to be most at risk over the next 12 years.
By Justin McCarthy on 21 December 2017
21-month Brexit transition proposed
The EU and the UK disagree on the full preservation of the Customs Union during a transition period following Brexit.
By Thomas Hubert on 20 December 2017
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