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Brazil’s agriculture minister to follow US trade talks with China trip

Brazilian agriculture minister Tereza Cristina will follow up this week’s trip to Washington with a visit to China in the first week of May, where she will attempt to secure authorization for more meat plants to export to the Asian country among other things. 

Trade Agreements Food Safety and Standards

Commission confirms palm oil phase-out for biofuels

The European Commission has categorised palm oil as a biofuel feedstock crop with “high ILUC risk”, meaning it will be subject to a progressive phase-out and cannot be counted towards the EU’s renewable energy targets.

EU Indonesia

India approves extra subsidies to help sugar mills boost ethanol production

India’s Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday (March 7) approved a slew of proposals that includes additional financial assistance to the country's sugar sector.

India Market Support

EU will cut soybean imports if US imposes tariffs on cars, Juncker warns

The European Commission has warned US President Donald Trump that the bloc will step back on its commitment to buy more American soybeans if he introduces punitive tariffs on EU cars.

EU United States

EU farmers complain about “loopholes” in Commission draft on low ILUC palm oil

Small-scale palm oil producers are not independent from large-scale palm oil plantations and cannot guarantee they are not responsible for deforestation, EU farmers have said.

EU European Agricultural Policy

EU targets palm oil for biofuel phase-out, but with exemptions

The European Commission has concluded that palm oil production causes deforestation and its usage in biofuels should be phased out by 2030, but EU stakeholders criticise the plan for allowing some controversial exceptions.

EU Malaysia

EU applies tariffs on Argentinian biodiesel, exempts eight producers

The European Commission has adopted the legal act to implement its planned anti-subsidy duties on biodiesel from Argentina, with an exemption clause for eight producers that have agreed to minimum price undertakings.

EU Argentina

Food and Ag Policy briefing: EU acts on US olive tariffs, sick cows in Europe, Brexit progress unclear

A spat over black olives intensified last week when the EU announced it would seek consultation with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over tariffs imposed by the US on Spanish black olives.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Sustainability in food systems and circular economy must become EU’s trademark – Commission

In its reflection paper on sustainability, the European Commission has reiterated that a genuine change in the way humans produce, transform, consume and distribute food is needed.

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