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Farm Policy

Animal Health & Welfare

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EU agri-policy diary (Dec 18 – Dec 22): 2017 EU agricultural outlook conference, ENVI MEPs visit EFSA

Next week will be light on the agenda as everyone prepares for the Christmas break.
EU European Agricultural Policy

No cloned food for EU under Australia and New Zealand FTAs, says Malmström

Europe will not be forced to accept milk and meat from cloned animals under future free trade agreements (FTAs) it is negotiating with Australia and New Zealand, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström confirmed in response to a written question from a French MEP.
European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

Cases of Salmonella in EU poultry on the rise - EFSA report

After years of progress, EU efforts to combat Salmonella appear to have suffered a setback with new figures showing a rise in the number of cases in humans and increased prevalence in poultry.
Europe European Agricultural Policy
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Biotechnology

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Farmers' contributions are "vital" to preserve the genetic diversity of crops

The EU’s Common Agricultural Policy should encourage farmers to undertake crop conservation initiatives on their fields, industry experts have recommended to AGRI MEPs. They estimate that a better use of crop varieties could increase the annual value of food production by €125-250 billion worldwide.

European Agricultural Policy EU

Defra secretary unveils plans for 'streamlined' UK farm support

The UK’s environment secretary has outlined plans for a more simplified approach to farmer support, and suggested that a post-Brexit agriculture policy will be more oriented towards achieving environmental goals than the current Common Agricultural Policy. 

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Agriculture MEPs greenlight new organic farming rules

The Parliament Agriculture Committee (ComAgri) has approved the new EU law on organic production and labelling, following the Council’s endorsement on Monday. 
European Agricultural Policy Europe
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Organics

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EU agri-policy diary (Dec 18 – Dec 22): 2017 EU agricultural outlook conference, ENVI MEPs visit EFSA

Next week will be light on the agenda as everyone prepares for the Christmas break.
EU European Agricultural Policy

France should step up organic food production, credit insurer says

Farmers need to boost organic food production in France to meet fast-growing demand or consumers will turn to imports at the expense of some environmental benefits, according to credit insurer Coface.
European Agricultural Policy EU

Hogan urges Ireland to 'wake up' and reduce its agricultural emissions

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has warned the Irish agri-food sector to improve its environmental performance and avoid receiving massive fines from the EU, after figures showed that agricultural emissions in Ireland increased by 2.7% throughout the last year.

European Agricultural Policy Environment and Conservation
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Crop Inputs

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EU agri-policy diary (Dec 18 – Dec 22): 2017 EU agricultural outlook conference, ENVI MEPs visit EFSA

Next week will be light on the agenda as everyone prepares for the Christmas break.
EU European Agricultural Policy

EU Commission to present new draft rules on pesticide approvals

Upon reauthorising glyphosate for the next five years, the European Commission has also adopted a communication committing it to put forward legislation in the spring to increase transparency, quality and independence of the approval of substances. 
European Agricultural Policy Europe

House Republicans threaten to pull IARC funding over glyphosate review

House Republicans are threatening to withdraw funding for the World Health Organization's (WHO) cancer research agency if officials fail to respond to their queries about the group's determination that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen. 

US Food Policy Crop Inputs
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Labelling

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Food industry makes official complaint against Italy over country-of-origin labelling

The food industry association, FoodDrinkEurope, has made an official complaint to the European Commission over Italy’s enactment of laws on origin labelling. The association alleges that Italy's national laws are against EU law and wants them repealed.

European Food Law European Agricultural Policy

EU extends organic pullet plus pig and poultry feed waivers a year

The European Commission has extended both an organic egg production and pig and poultry feed waiver by another year until 31 December 2018.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Canada moves ahead with front-of-package labeling

Canada is taking steps to implement its new, mandatory front-of-package (FOP) labeling requirements for food products, and those changes may affect existing FOP food labeling formats, including the “Facts Up Front” initiative by the Grocery Manufacturing Association (GMA) and the Food Manufacturing Institute (FMI).
US Food Policy Health Claims
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Precision Agriculture

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Agricultural policies will focus on precision farming after Brexit

Precision farming will become a central element of the UK’s agricultural policy after Brexit, according to a white paper outlining the future strategies for the British economic industries, while these new technologies could also be further integrated into the future EU Common Agricultural Policy.
European Agricultural Policy Brexit

Hogan launches offices to boost rural broadband connectivity

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has launched the so-called Broadband Competence Offices in an attempt to boost internet connectivity and digitalisation in the EU’s rural areas.

Europe EU

French farmers' organisation launches initiative to reduce pesticide use

In response to the debate on glyphosate and societal demands, the French farmers’ union FNSEA has made a commitment to reduce the use of pesticides and adopt more ecological farming practices.
France Environment and Conservation
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