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EU parliament committee approves farm subsidy reforms

EU parliament committee approves farm subsidy reforms

The deal signals a substantial shift to funding greening projects

The European Parliament’s agriculture committee has approved a deal to overhaul the European Union’s huge farming subsidies, including new measures aimed at making agriculture greener. The committee approved three pieces of legislation, which from 2023 will govern spending from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) — a scheme that will spend 387 billion euros from the EU’s 2021-27 budget

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EU parliament committee approves farm subsidy reforms

Brussels | Reuters — The European Parliament’s agriculture committee on Thursday approved a deal to overhaul the European Union’s huge farming subsidies, including new measures aimed at making agriculture greener. The committee approved three pieces of legislation, which from 2023 will govern spending from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) — a scheme that will


France bans crushing and gassing of male chicks from 2022

France will ban from next year the killing of male chicks by crushing or gassing, a practice denounced as barbaric by animal welfare groups, and will push for a similar measure at the European level, the agriculture minister said. Each year, 50 million male chicks are culled in this way, Julien Denormandie said in an

A rebound in demand for biodiesel and bioethanol this year is projected to exceed pre-pandemic levels.

EU biofuel imports drop as pandemic recovery draws on stocks

European Union imports of biofuel are expected to drop by a quarter this year as the bloc draws on large inventories to meet growing demand after the easing of coronavirus restrictions, the European Commission said July 6. Rebounding demand for biodiesel and bioethanol in 2021 is projected to exceed the level before the COVID-19 pandemic,

Strategie Grains raises EU rapeseed crop outlook

Consultancy Strategie Grains has raised its forecast for this year’s European Union rapeseed harvest while trimming demand expectations, projecting reduced supply tightness next season. Rapeseed production in the 27-country EU is now expected to reach 17 million tonnes, compared with the 16.82 million tonnes forecast a month ago and 3.3 per cent above last year’s


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EU countries approve deal to overhaul farming subsidies

Subsidies to focus on sustainability, 'eco-schemes'

Brussels | Reuters — European Union countries on Monday gave the green light to reforms of the bloc’s huge farming subsidy program, after a three-year battle over rules to make it greener and support smaller farms. Negotiators representing the EU’s 27 countries and European Parliament struck the deal on Friday to reform the Common Agricultural

EU wheat eases as U.S. crop conditions cool corn rally

Euronext wheat reversed from a two-week high to end lower on June 3 as better-than-expected conditions for U.S. corn crops tempered weather worries that had sparked a grain rally in the previous session. Forecasts of hot, dry weather in North America in the next two weeks, along with reduced estimates of Brazil’s upcoming corn harvest,

France sees no easy fix for sugar beet disease without neonicotinoids

None of the alternatives to neonicotinoids for protecting sugar beet crops works well enough on its own, France’s health agency ANSES said June 2, as the country looks for ways to do without the chemical seen as harmful to bees. France suspended its ban on the use of neonicotinoids on sugar beet crops until 2023


French cereal crop ratings fall sharply after dry, cold spell

The condition of French wheat and barley declined sharply in the week to April 26, data from farm office FranceAgriMer showed on Friday, suggesting a growing impact from dry, cold weather this month. Most crops nonetheless remained in good shape and above year-earlier levels, the data showed. A dry spring so far in much of

CETA working as intended, federal government says

Meanwhile exporters continue to express concerns over its implementation

Canada’s international trade minister said the country’s free trade deal with the European Union is working as intended. Mary Ng, Canada’s minister of small business, export promotion and international trade, made the comments in a joint statement with the European Commission. European officials met virtually with Ng on March 25 to discuss progress of implementing the Comprehensive