Grain exports slip further behind last year, as Egypt buys Russian wheat

By Adam Sharpe & Sandra Boga
Published: 27 January 2017 05:14 PM

EU soft wheat exports for the 2016/17 marketing year have slipped to 7% behind the volume seen at the same point last season.
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Rural bank and business closures pushing people out of the countryside

Closures of banks, services and businesses could be pushing people out of rural areas, according to the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW).
HSBC has announced bank closures across rural communities with 62 of its UK branches set to close in 2017, including 9 across Wales.
Yorkshire Building Society has also announced 48 branch closures this year. […]


Commission launches AMR consultation as experts urge rethink on livestock

By Max Green
Published: 27 January 2017 04:26 PM

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on its new Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in a week when EU health and food safety experts called for a ‘rethink’ on the use of antimicrobials in farm animals. […]


EU agriculture policy diary: the week ahead (January 30 – February 3)

By Paul Hutchison
Published: 27 January 2017 04:14 PM

The European Commission will launch a public consultation on the ‘future of the CAP’ on Thursday (February 2), with Brussels seeking input from stakeholders and citizens on how to “modernise and simplify” EU farm policy post-2020. […]


AHDB to launch new blight reporting website

Speaking at the organisation’s Winter Forum, Clare Hodge said the new site had a more interactive map and would incorporate the recently adopted Hutton Criteria blight risk prediction method instead of the Smith Period.
“The plan is to build the Hutton Criteria into these systems, improve the reliability and reach of blight risk reporting, […]


Preparing the UK’s trade for Brexit and beyond: Part 1 – Article 50 to 'Brexit' Day

By Peter Ungphakorn
Published: 27 January 2017 03:50 PM

British Prime Minister Theresa May intends to invoke Article 50 of the European Union Treaty by the end of March this year, kicking off a two-year separation negotiation with the EU, after which the UK will no longer be an EU member state. […]


Efeagro repasa en Málaga la evolución del sector agroalimentario español


El Patio de Banderas del Ayuntamiento acoge la exposición “España Agroalimentaria. 25 años en fotos”. El presidente de EFE y el alcalde de Málaga visitan la muestra.


El Patio de Banderas del Ayuntamiento de Málaga acoge la Exposición “España Agroalimentaria. […]


Commission handed dilemma on three GMO cultivation approvals

By Paul Hutchison
Published: 27 January 2017 03:03 PM

Member states have failed to reach a qualified majority for or against renewal of the EU cultivation licence for GM maize ‘MON810’ and EU authorisation for cultivation of two other GM maize varieties – […]


Farming brothers set to save snow-hit Italian livestock

Phil Jennings, 57, and his brother Andrew, 45, from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, have promised to help pull the industry together as they prepare to venture to Farindola, Italy, on Monday (January 30) after 4m of snow battered the areas farmland.
The brothers used their extensive farming background to ply together supplies, […]


Second prized ewe steps up to lead Swaledales at Hawes

The 2014-born came from P. Morris-Eyton, Millom, and was bought by T. Brogden, Brough, for £4,800.
The winning ewe and reserve champion from W. Richardson and Son, Appleby, followed at £4,000. The 2013-born went home with J. Nattrass, Alston.
Messrs Morris-Eyton followed with another 2014-born ewe at £3,000, […]


VIDEO: Bird flu confirmed on third Lincolnshire farm


It comes as the third bird-flu hit site in Lincolnshire.

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H5N8 avian flu has been confirmed at a turkey rearing farm near Boston, […]


Truck spillage reveals US farmers have been feeding Skittles to beef cattle

Hundred and thousands were found on a motorway in Wisconsin after falling out of a moving truck, raising questions about their intended use.
The county sheriff revealed on social media that the sweets were red Skittles, though they did not have the distinctive ‘letter S’ on them. […]


Madina quiere enmendar al PSOE de Pedro Sánchez sin “sectarismo” ni “vocación adanista”

Eduardo Madina y José Carlos Díez han esbozado ya la estructura de las ponencias que coordinarán para elaborar el proyecto económico y político que saldrá del congreso del PSOE del próximo mes de junio. El diputado vasco promete el  PSOE” avanzará más que nunca”, pero admite que no tienen “vocación adanista”: “No vamos a descubrir el Mediterráneo”, […]


MEPs on EU agriculture committee under fire for receiving over €100,000 in farm payments

Stuart Agnew, UKIP MEP for the east of England, together with Dutch and German MEPs Jan Huitema and Martin Hausling, received over €100,000 in 2015.
Questions have been raised about how appropriate this is as their personal incomes are affected by legislation they have the power to implement or amend. […]


Tarn. Des restes humains retrouvés dans un baril d’acide

En inspectant ce mercredi le domicile d’un sexagénaire décédé de mort naturelle dans une maison isolée de Saint-Benoît de Carmaux (Tarn), la police a découvert un corps humain partiellement dissous dans un fût d’acide. Il pourrait s’agir des restes d’un bandit marseillais, éliminé par le propriétaire des lieux, […]


LVMH. Des résultats records en 2016, expliqués en cinq mots

Le groupe français leader mondial des produits de luxe LVMH a vu ses ventes progresser de 5 % en 2016, pour atteindre 37,6 milliards d’euros. Presque tous ses produits se sont plus vendus, malgré un début d’année difficile pour le luxe.
Le groupe français leader mondial des produits de luxe  […]


Il avait volé un carnet d’ordonnances pour acheter des médicaments

Un trentenaire a été condamné, ce jeudi, à six mois de prison ferme pour avoir falsifié des ordonnances, volées à un médecin d’Angers. Absent à l’audience du tribunal correctionnel de Vannes, il n’a pu s’expliquer.
Âgé de 30 ans, cet Angevin est accro aux produits stupéfiants. Et pour obtenir des neuroleptiques dans des pharmacies, […]


Tesco to merge with UK’s largest food wholesaler

Tesco has announced it has agreed a deal to buy Booker, the UK’s biggest food wholesaler in a £3.7bn deal.
The companies said it would create the UK’s ‘leading food business’.
But Clive Black, analyst at Shore Capital, said the Competition and Markets Authority could ‘have an absolute field day’ […]


MEPs want EU food waste reduction targets for 2025, 2030

By Paul Hutchison
Published: 27 January 2017 11:14 AM

The European Parliament environment, food safety and public health committee (ComEnvi) wants the EU to set itself food waste reduction targets – of 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030 compared to 2014. […]


El Gobierno coloca a la exministra Elvira Rodríguez en la empresa pública Tragsa

La exministra de Medio Ambiente y expresidenta de la Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV), Elvira Rodríguez, cuyo mandato en el regulador concluyó en octubre del año pasado, se convertirá en presidenta de la sociedad estatal Tragsa, indicaron a Europa Press en fuentes conocedoras del nombramiento. […]