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19 December 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union EFSA Assesses Link Between Two Neonicotinoids, Developmental Neurotoxicity
EU - Two neonicotinoid insecticides - acetamiprid and imidacloprid - may affect the developing human nervous system, said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). ...
16 December 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union EU Ministers Refuse Support for Biofuel Proposal
EU - Copa-Cogeca has welcomed the fact that EU Energy Ministers did not support the Council Presidency proposal imposing a seven per cent limit on the use of biofuels made from arable crops and...
11 December 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union EU Policy Support for Plant-based Foods Essential
EU – European institutions must invest more in resource-efficient and healthy crops such as soy and other plant-based foods if they are to deliver on their commitment to move to more sustainable...
Crop Industry News from European Union EU Biofuels Supply Chain Rejects ILUC Compromise
EU - The biofuels supply chain, composed of farmers, crushers, traders and biofuels producers, presented its views on the Lithuanian proposal to be discussed by Energy and Environment Ministers...
10 December 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Reimbursement of the Levy Paid in Excess by the EU Sugar Sector
EU - The EU Council has adopted a regulation fixing new production levies for the marketing years 2001/2002 to 2005/2006, by virtue of which Member States will be able to determine and reimburse...
05 December 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Call for Fair Practices All Along Food Chain
EU - At a major workshop "A fair food chain for all" held in the European Parliament, Copa-Cogeca stressed the need for fair practices all along the food chain, to the benefit of everyone. ...
03 December 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union MEP's Vote to Measure Biofuel Emissions from 2020
EU - European Parliament Approves proposals to measure indirect emissions from biofuels production and cap levels of crop-based emissions....
02 December 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Agriculture, Biogas Collaborate to Develop Renewable Energy
EU - A new three year research project will see aquaculture, agriculture and biogas sectors working together to develop renewable energy....
29 November 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union European Commission Makes U-Turn on Agricultural Promotion
ANALYSIS - The European Union and European Commission could be about to make a decisive U-turn on the way they allow agricultural produce to be marketed, writes Chris Harris....
28 November 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Auditors Find Criteria for EU Farm Aid Abused
ANALYSIS - European regulations designed to pay assistance to farmers farming in difficult and less favoured areas are being abused by a number of EU states, writes Chris Harris....
22 November 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union MEPs Approve Greener and Fairer Agricultural Policy
EU - A deal with the Council on five legislative acts reforming EU farm policy has been endorsed by Parliament. The post-2013 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will put more emphasis on environmental...
Crop Industry News from European Union Copa-Cogeca Welcomes Commission Proposal to Reform Promotion Policy
EU - Copa-Cogeca has welcomed the new EU Commission proposal to reform EU promotion policy, stressing it will greatly simplify administrative procedures and reduce red tape for industry....
20 November 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union European Parliament Approves Budget
EU - After months of complex negotiations, the European Parliament has given its blessing to the EU's long-term budget for 2014-2020....
Crop Industry News from European Union Could Green VAT Encourage Sustainable Consumption and Production?
ANALYSIS - Taxes and a new system of value added tax (VAT) could be used to stimulate sustainable agriculture, food production and consumption, writes Chris Harris....
13 November 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Modified Gene in Oil Seed Rape Declared Safe For Consumers
GERMANY – Weed killer residues in oil seed rape (OSR)containing the genetically modified 'gat' gene do not pose a concern to humans, the European Food Safety Authority (ESFA) has announced....
29 October 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union CAP Reform – An Explanation of the Main Elements
EU - The Commission, the Council and the European Parliament (EP) have reached a political agreement on the reform of the Common Agriculture Policy – subject to formal approval by the Council...
Crop Industry News from European Union EU Forms Food Waste Organisation
EU - The European Former Foodstuff Processors Association (EFFPA) held its 1st General Assembly in Brussels in October 2013, aiming for an official launch of the association on 1 January 2014....
28 October 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union EU Farming Groups Join Together on GM
EU - EU farming groups, including the UK unions, have expressed deep concern about the effects of GM policies and regulations....
24 October 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union EU Water Pollution Decreasing
EU - Water pollution caused by nitrates has decreased in Europe over the past two decades, but agricultural pressures are still putting water resources under strain. ...
16 October 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Common Agriculture Policy Reform Package Approved
EU - Under the Lithuanian Presidency, the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) has approved the final compromise texts of the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package agreed by the Council...
11 October 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union EU Commissioner to Visit Moldova
EU & MOLDOVA - European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Dacian Ciolos, will be in the Republic of Moldova on 11 and 12 October 2013 as the country prepares to take the next...
09 October 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union What’s the Picture for EU Crops Post-harvest?
ANALYSIS - Protein crops are suffering throughout the EU, but favourable conditions in 2013 encouraged more spring planting to replace failed areas of winter crops, according to the latest EU...
02 October 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Agriculture MEPs Endorse Ag Policy Reform Deal
EU - Legislation for the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was endorsed by the Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Monday, following last week's informal agreement in talks between...
30 September 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union How Much Closer Are We to European Reform?
EU – Europe’s farmers now know where they stand on payment changes, following the completion of the political negotiations on the common agricultural policy reform....
27 September 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union How Can Farm Subsidies Be Made Fairer?
ANALYSIS – Member states have agreed on key Commission measures which strive to maintain fair and practical farm subsidies through policy reforms this week. This is an increasing challenge...
25 September 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Commissioner Calls for Pragmatism over Trade Partnership
EU - Commissioner De Gucht has spoken about the main challenges the EU and the US will face in the negotiations for the EU-US free trade agreement, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership...
20 September 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Are Stricter Rules Needed for EU Organic Farming?
EU - Consumers' trust in organic products together with a demand for stricter rules at EU level, are among the main elements coming out of the report on the public consultation on the future...
17 September 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Turning Algae into Fuel, Keeping Costs Low
EU - A team of European scientists is on a mission to prove that microalgae can be used to produce bioethanol as a biofuel for less than EUR 0.40 a litre. ...
16 September 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Was European Vote on Biofuels and Land Use a Fudge?
ANALYSIS - The European Parliament this week was divided over its attitude to the production and use of biofuels and the effect they have on land use, writes Chris Harris. ...
12 September 2013
Crop Industry News from European Union Maintain Family Farming for a Competitive, Sustainable Sector
EU - Promotion of cooperation, strengthening of bargaining power, application of innovations and scientific research – the main measures for strengthening the family farming model, were discussed...
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