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Council invites Parliament on last pre-Christmas trilogue session on UTPs

The European Council has invited the Parliament to a last trilogue before Christmas to define the terms of the draft directive on unfair trading practices (UTPs) in the agri-food supply chain.

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Stop patenting biological processes - Via Campesina

A European association for the defence of farmers has called on the European institutions to enforce a decision from last year banning the patenting of plants issued from biological processes.

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Solutions needed to help farmers manage risk in transition towards climate-proof sustainable practices – COP24

Policy-makers should find medium to long term solutions to assist farmers to manage the risk associated with extreme weather patterns while reducing the initial cost of transitioning towards sustainable farming models.

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Hogan reveals ambition to remain EU Commissioner

Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan has indicated that he is seeking a second term in the EU executive after the European elections in May next year.
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US food and ag groups say US-EU trade talks must tackle ag issues

Leading U.S. food and farm groups are warning the Trump administration not to exclude agriculture from a new U.S/EU trade deal.
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EU Task Force for Rural Africa yields first set of recommendations

The chairman of the EU Task Force for Rural Africa has presented the results of the think tank's work on the occasion of the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe.

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US food and ag groups say US-EU trade talks must tackle ag issues

Leading U.S. food and farm groups are warning the Trump administration not to exclude agriculture from a new U.S/EU trade deal.
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Meat traders back lactic and acetic acid rinses for pig carcasses

The European Livestock and Meat Trades Union, known by its French acronym, UECBV, has backed the request by the US National Pork Producers Council to allow lactic and acetic acid rinses to be used to decontaminate pig cuts and carcasses in slaughterhouses.

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USTR hears from food, ag groups with wish list for US-EU trade deal

Food and ag groups are calling on the Trump administration to push a U.S.-EU trade deal that fixes a range of EU policies, such as reversing Geographical Indications (GIs) for cheeses, biotechnology restrictions and meat standards, to open up the bloc to more U.S. foods.

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Environment & Conservation

EU Task Force for Rural Africa yields first set of recommendations

The chairman of the EU Task Force for Rural Africa has presented the results of the think tank's work on the occasion of the High-Level Forum Africa-Europe.

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Stop patenting biological processes - Via Campesina

A European association for the defence of farmers has called on the European institutions to enforce a decision from last year banning the patenting of plants issued from biological processes.

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EU agriculture policy diary (December 17-21): Agrifish Council, and High-Level Forum Africa-Europe

Next week will be a relatively quiet one in preparation for the Christmas break for the EU institutions.

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Renewable Energy

Commission proposes new EU anti-dumping duties on Argentine biodiesel

The European Commission has proposed the re-introduction of anti-dumping duties on biodiesel from Argentina after collecting evidence that the cheap imports are unduly subsidised and pose a threat to local producers.

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Socialists and Democrats publish report on sustainable development in EU farming

The group of the Socialists and Democrats (S&Ds) of the European Parliament has put forward a reflection document on sustainable development including proposals "to resolve the social and ecological crisis" modern society is facing.

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France curbs palm oil, soy and beef imports to tackle deforestation

In a major move to combat global deforestation, French authorities have presented a strategy to limit the imports of agri-food products linked to the disappearance of forest areas.

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“Hard Brexit” will slash Irish farmers’ incomes, study finds

A no-deal Brexit would cut Ireland’s GDP and national wages, especially for low skilled workers and farmers, and an Irish exit from the EU would only worsen this impact, new research has found.

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UK will not use threat of food shortages in Ireland as Brexit leverage, May assures

The British government will not use threats of food shortages in Ireland as a tactic to strengthen its Brexit negotiating position, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said, rebuffing the controversial suggestion made by a fellow Conservative politician.

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Post-Brexit UK could allow more widespread use of pesticides and deregulation, report warns

A new report has warned that the post-Brexit UK could end up bowing to the pro-pesticide lobby and using the withdrawal from the EU as an "opportunity to deregulate"

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