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Farm Policy

Animal Health & Welfare

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Belgium to cull four thousand pigs to prevent ASF spread

Belgium will announce in the coming days the culling of 4,000 pigs in the confined area following the discovery of nine boars suffering from African Swine Fever (ASF), the country’s federal minister has said.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Finland considers building border wall to prevent ASF outbreak

Finnish authorities are considering the construction of a wall on the Finnish-Russian border to halt wild boars that can bring African Swine Fever (ASF) into the country.

Animal Health EU

Brazil boosts inspection to avoid African Swine Fever

Brazil is to step up inspection at borders to prevent the entry of African Swine Fever (ASF), which has been rapidly spreading in Europe, Asia and Africa.
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Biotechnology

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Are EU farmers losing the international productivity race?

Agricultural productivity in the European Union is slipping behind productivity gains in other major farm producing and exporting nations, most notably the United States, Brazil and China, according to research by the agro-chemical industry.

Crop Inputs Agribusiness

“Clear path” towards treaty to protect world’s oceans established

An intergovernmental conference on creating a legal framework to protect the exploitation of the world’s oceans foresees the preparation of a draft treaty during the first quarter of 2019.

 

International European Agricultural Policy

Farmers and biocontrol manufacturers launch second roadmap on non-chemical pesticides

Farmer organisations and biocontrol manufactures have launched a roadmap for 2018-2025 to keep collaborating on finding non-chemical alternatives to pesticides.

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Organics

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EU agriculture policy diary: (September 24-28): Informal Agri Council and 12th EU Organic Congress

Next week EU Agriculture Ministers will gather in Vienna at the Informal Council to focus on fostering vibrant rural communities and high-quality food production, a theme Austria, which holds the Council presidency, has been keen to prioritise.

EU European Agricultural Policy

ECJ advocate general says halal meat can be labelled organic

Meat from animals that have been killed following the Islamic or Jewish ritual slaughter (halal or Shechita) without prior stunning can carry the European organic farming label, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recommended.

European Agricultural Policy EU

Call for UK and US to abolish farm tariffs, align food standards post-Brexit

The United Kingdom and the United States should abandon all tariffs on bilateral agricultural trade and also adopt a purely science-based approach to sanitary and phytosanitary issues under a new ‘model’ bilateral trade agreement, according to a new report published on Tuesday (September 18).

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law
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Crop Inputs

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Are EU farmers losing the international productivity race?

Agricultural productivity in the European Union is slipping behind productivity gains in other major farm producing and exporting nations, most notably the United States, Brazil and China, according to research by the agro-chemical industry.

Crop Inputs Agribusiness

MEPs outline shortcomings of EU pesticide authorisations

Members of the European Parliament have presented a blueprint to improve the EU’s authorisation procedures for pesticides, with proposals to increase transparency and make the designation of the responsible member state more independent.

Crop Inputs EU

The impact of limiting cadmium levels in European fertilizers – a constructive approach

In recent years, the words ‘phosphate’ and ‘cadmium’ have jointly come under the spotlight even in non-specialised press articles. On more than one occasion they have depicted scary, almost ‘doomsday’ scenarios that may come as a consequence of regulatory changes put forward by the European Commission.

Crop Inputs Environment and Conservation
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Labelling

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Vilnius conference pushes blockchain benefits for food safety, traceability and logistics

Blockchain technology will increasingly be adopted by companies in the agri-food sector in the years to come, and will be essential to ensuring food and drink products flow smoothly between the UK and EU post-Brexit, a conference in Lithuania heard this week.

Traceability & Supply Chain Technology

ECJ advocate general says halal meat can be labelled organic

Meat from animals that have been killed following the Islamic or Jewish ritual slaughter (halal or Shechita) without prior stunning can carry the European organic farming label, the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has recommended.

European Agricultural Policy EU

Commission accepts Europe-wide petition for COOL on all foods

A European Citizen’s Initiative (ECI) calling for mandatory declarations of origin on all foods has met conditions to be registered and start collecting the required one million signatures from at least seven EU member states over a year.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy
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Precision Agriculture

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Technology take-up “can level the playing field for small farmers” – Future of Farming conference

The adoption of technology and innovation by the farming community can level the playing field for small farmers who have to compete with large holding companies, a farming conference in Germany heard.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Bayer to focus on providing tailored solutions to small farmers – Future of Farming conference

Most farmers in the world are smallholders who need dedicated solutions borne out of innovation and digital transformation, the President of Bayer Crop Science division has said.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Commission boosts support for precision farming technologies - Global Food Forum

The EU is making greater efforts to improve the uptake of digital farming technologies, most notably by funding research, disseminating knowledge to farmers, and developing specific guidelines, a European Commission spokesperson declared at an event in Italy.

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