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Farm Policy

Animal Health & Welfare

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NGOs want EU Farm to Fork strategy to tackle overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs

Twenty NGOs called on the European Commission to address the overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs as part of the EU’s new strategy to boost sustainable agrifood production.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Focus on feed, transportation in effort to keep ASF from reaching US

Feed and transportation have emerged as key pathways for the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF), and efforts to prevent the disease from reaching the US continue to focus on those and other issues, panelists said during a Feb. 25 discussion hosted by the Farm Foundation.

US Agricultural Policy European Agricultural Policy

Farmers' union leader urges maintenance of high UK food standards

The UK’s food standards must be the benchmark for any future UK trade deal - and a Trade and Standards Commission should be created to ensure that food that does not meet UK regulations cannot be imported into Britain.

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Biotechnology

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Doud, McKinney talk up new trade deals, optimistic on upcoming negotiations

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA. Confidence that the Phase One US-China trade agreement, initial US-Japan deal and US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will deliver on their promise of boosting US ag exports was voiced by US Chief Ag Negotiator Gregg Doud and USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney during a session at USDA’s 2020 Agricultural Outlook Forum.

US Agricultural Policy US Food Policy

Environment MEPs object to proposed GM soybean approval

A resolution objecting to the proposed approval of a genetically modified triple-stack soybean line has been adopted by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Uptake of precision agriculture held back by farm size and cost – EU survey

A study from the European Commission has revealed several bottlenecks preventing farmers from adopting more precision agriculture technology.

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Organics

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EU seeks feedback on sustainable food strategy

The European Commission is inviting feedback on a “roadmap” outlining how it will develop the new “Farm to Fork” strategy on sustainable food production. The comment period is open until March 16th. The strategy, which is due to be published in the spring, will include measures to “significantly reduce” the use and risk of chemical pesticides.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Eco-schemes have great potential to drive more sustainable farming, researchers find

Eco-schemes are an ambitious way to refocus CAP direct payments from providing income support towards helping to achieve environment and climate objectives, a think tank has concluded.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Food and Ag Policy Briefing: EU tax on meat touted, organic farming grows, battle continues over GM salmon

A report out last week that created much debate floated the idea of taxing meat products to fund more environmentally-friendly farming in the EU.

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Crop Inputs

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Kyriakides aims for early release of Farm-to-Fork Strategy

The European Commission is “working very hard” on its Farm-to-Fork strategy and the planned publication date of May has been brought forward to the end of March, says EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Stella Kyriakides. 

EU European Agricultural Policy

Macron opposes CAP budget cuts, promises compensation for US tariffs

French President Emmanuel Macron has told farmers that he will safeguard an “ambitious” CAP budget and secure support for wine producers hit by US tariffs.

France EU

EU food safety, animal-plant health regulations under scrutiny at the WTO

The European Union’s sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures were among the issues that raised the most concerns in last week’s two-day World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting to review the EU’s trade policy, officials in Geneva said.

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Labelling

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NGOs want EU Farm to Fork strategy to tackle overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs

Twenty NGOs called on the European Commission to address the overconsumption of meat, dairy and eggs as part of the EU’s new strategy to boost sustainable agrifood production.

EU European Agricultural Policy

Commission under pressure over Israeli settlements labelling discrepancies

Consumers are being misled about products from the Golan Heights and the West Bank as they are not being correctly labelled as coming from Israeli settlements, an Irish MEP complains in a written question to the European Commission.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Commission hoping for autumn ratification of EU-China GI agreement

The first trade agreement between the EU and China will hopefully be ratified by the autumn, according to a European Commission official.

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Precision Agriculture

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EU seeks feedback on sustainable food strategy

The European Commission is inviting feedback on a “roadmap” outlining how it will develop the new “Farm to Fork” strategy on sustainable food production. The comment period is open until March 16th. The strategy, which is due to be published in the spring, will include measures to “significantly reduce” the use and risk of chemical pesticides.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Uptake of precision agriculture held back by farm size and cost – EU survey

A study from the European Commission has revealed several bottlenecks preventing farmers from adopting more precision agriculture technology.

EU European Agricultural Policy

What does the Farm-to-Fork action plan mean for EU farmers?

A leak of the European Commission’s action plan for a more sustainable EU food system revealed new expectations from the bloc’s farmers and the next Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

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