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EU agriculture plan uneconomic, USDA model concludes

EU agriculture plan uneconomic, USDA model concludes

[UPDATED: April 19, 2021] If implemented, the European Union’s (EU) Farm to Fork Strategy and Green Deal will cost the EU and the world, according to an economic model run by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The EU is aiming to make agriculture more sustainable by cutting farm inputs such as pesticides and

Coceral cuts EU and U.K. soft wheat, rapeseed crop forecasts

Coceral cuts EU and U.K. soft wheat, rapeseed crop forecasts

Grain trade association Coceral has cut its forecast of soft wheat production in the European Union and Britain to 141.5 million tonnes from 143.0 million seen in December but still well above last year’s harvest of 128.2 million tonnes. The reduction mainly stemmed from lower than previously expected sowings in Germany, Italy, and Hungary, it


German pig prices up again

German pig prices up again

German pig prices have risen again as sales inside the EU help markets recover from Asian import bans on German pork, traders and industry sources said on Wednesday. German pig prices on March 3 rose to 1.40 euros a kg slaughter weight from 1.30 euros the previous week, said the association of German animal farmers

French wheat shipments outside EU rose in February

French wheat shipments outside EU rose in February

Reuters – French soft wheat shipments outside the European Union increased in February as loadings to Algeria and Morocco rose again, offsetting a lull in exports to China, an initial estimate based on Refinitiv data showed. Soft wheat exports by sea to destinations outside the EU and Britain came to 821,000 tonnes in February, the

EU raises 2020-21 wheat export forecast, cuts maize imports

The European Commission has increased its forecast of common wheat exports from the European Union’s 27 member countries in 2020-21 to 27 million tonnes from 26 million projected last month. That remained well below the 36.9 million tonnes estimated for 2019-20, reflecting a sharp drop in harvest supply this season, the commission’s grain supply-and-demand data


A barley crop south of Ethelton, Sask. on July 30, 2019. (Dave Bedard photo)

China’s appetite for feed barley sucks in new crop from Canada, France

Tariff on Australian barley favours other suppliers

Paris | Reuters — China’s buying spree of French and Canadian barley is spilling into the 2021-22 crop with large forward purchases, due to its major feed grain needs and a prohibitive tariff on Australian barley, traders and analysts said. China has been sweeping up huge volumes of foreign crops to help feed a pig

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U.K. to ask to join Trans-Pacific trading bloc ‘shortly’

Bilateral deals signed or in works with several CPTPP members

London | Reuters — Britain will soon submit its application to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade bloc, trade minister Liz Truss said on Wednesday. Since deciding to leave the European Union, a process it completed at the end of 2020, Britain has been seeking out new trading arrangements around

File photo of a canola field in northern France’s Normandy region. (Brasil2/iStock/Getty Images)

France backs non-GMO regulation for crop gene-editing in EU

Paris | Reuters — France sees crops developed using gene-editing techniques as different to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and opposes a European Union court decision to put them under strict GMO regulations, the country’s agriculture minister said. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in 2018 that mutagenesis, among so-called new breeding techniques (NBT) based



Little scope for EU to take wheat export business from Russia

Tight wheat supplies in the European Union will limit its scope to win more export business this season after Russia’s decision to impose a wheat export tax, consultancy Strategie Grains said on Dec. 17. Moscow will apply a 25-euros- (US$30.57-) per-tonne tax on wheat exports from Feb. 15 until the end of the marketing season