Delegations remain split on need for new EU legislation on food chain

Delegations were split on the need for a common EU framework on rules governing the food chain at today’s Farm Council (Nov 11), with FR, IT, PL, RO, IE, AT, SI, LT & ES upporting the key recommendation put forward by the Agricultural Markets Task Force in its final eport [see AF84 & 83-16], while countries such as DE, UK, FI, BE, SE, DK & NL prefer to stick to voluntary platforms & self-regulatory instruments.

Commission presents study on impact of future trade agreements on the agricultural sector

Economic study gives valuable information on potential effects of future trade agreements and validates current EU approach of systematically protecting sensitive sectors.

New record in EU agri-food exports in September 2016

The monthly value of EU agri-food exports in September 2016 reached a record value of almost €11.5 billion exceeding the export values in September of previous years by about €500 million, according to the latest EU agri-food trade monthly report. The highest increases in monthly values (September 2016 compared to September 2015) were recorded for exports to the USA and Japan, with notable increases also seen to other Asian destinations (South Korea, Vietnam, India, Hong Kong).

The US farm safety net

In its most recent Farm Bill in 2014, the US eliminated its decoupled direct payments, in part because it was hard to justify making income support payments to farmers at a time when farm incomes were booming due to favourable prices. Instead, it substituted a new set of counter-cyclical payments as part of the US farm safety net. At the same time, it expanded the scope of its federal crop insurance programmes by introducing a new programme to cover ‘shallow losses’ not normally covered by these programmes.

Council and MEPs to discuss otions for future Common Agricultural Policy

EU Farm Ministers & MEPs will hold preliminary talks on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) after 2020 at meetings later this month, with a lunch-time discussion on the agenda of the next Farm Council (14), while MEPs will hear options from academics at an afternoon workshop next week (Nov 8).

France to call on Commission to halt EU-US free trade negotiations

France’s Trade Minister Matthias Fekl said he would call for an end to EU-US free trade talks at an informal meeting of Foreign Affairs Ministers on trade in Bratislava on Sept 22 & 23, adding to opposition voiced this week by German Socialist party leader & vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.

Submit your organic innovation

Following a successful launch of Organic Innovation Days in 2015 (link is external), the second edition of Organic Innovation Days will take place in Brussels on 6 December 2016. To demonstrate the innovation potential of the organic food and farming community, TP Organics launches a call challenging farmers, researchers and companies to propose innovative solutions to one of the following needs of the organic sector

CAP not delivering the public goods promised

The reformed CAP for 2014-2020 lacks clear tools to guide and direct investments towards sustainable agriculture, the majority of tools available are limited to supporting individual farm practices and they do not promote a comprehensive transition towards sustainable agriculture.