agriculture regulation News

  • Agriculture Committee rejects seed regulation

    The Agriculture Committee rejected the Commission's proposed seed regulation by 37 votes to two on Tuesday amid concerns that it would give the Commission excessively wide powers and leave member states no room to adapt the rules to their needs. MEPs also said that the proposal failed to meet core objectives such as simplifying the rules and promoting innovation or to deal with plants viewed as ...


    By European Parliament

  • EU agriculture ministers discuss proposals for strict pesticides regulation

    At the meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council, chaired by Slovenian Agriculture Minister Iztok Jarc, EU Ministers discussed the proposal for a Regulation concerning the placing of plant protection products on the market. Mr Jarc gave a report on the progress achieved by the Slovenian Presidency on this dossier, and returned the dossier to the working level. The Ministers also discussed ...

  • Easing organic agricultural trade

    Organic farmers in developing countries will have greater access to world markets, thanks to two practical tools launched this week that seek to ease trade in organic agricultural products. The new tools, which are the outcome of six years of collaborative work by FAO, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), ...

  • Diesel efficiency in agricultural production

    The topic of diesel efficiency has only become an increasing focus for farmers in recent decades, following earlier decades of concentrating above all on timely and high quality performance of work with modern agricultural machinery and equipment. The discussion on diesel efficiency, which is still topical today, was triggered not only by rising fuel costs, but also by the environmental policy ...

  • CropLife America Study Finds U.S. Agricultural Exports Threatened by EU Pesticide Regulation

    CropLife America on Thursday released a new report that finds more than 40 percent of U.S. agricultural commodity exports, including soybeans, could be blocked by upcoming changes in the European ...

  • MEPs reject draft seed regulation

    The European Commission's proposal for plant reproductive material law, also known as the “seed regulation”, was voted down by Parliament on Tuesday, amid concerns that it would give the Commission too much power and leave EU countries without any leeway to tailor the new rules to their needs. Following the Commission’s refusal to withdraw its draft text and table an improved ...

  • The common agricultural policy (CAP) and agriculture in Europe – Frequently asked questions

    Farming in Europe – an overview How rural is the EU? Over 77% of the EU's territory is classified as rural (47% is farm land and 30% forest) and is home to around half its population (farming communities and other residents). How many farmers are there in the EU? 12 million (full-time). ...


    By European Commission

  • Upsolar Certified for Coastal and Agricultural Performance

    Upsolar, a leading international provider of solar PV modules, today announced a significant step toward expanding its global market share: verification of high performance in coastal and agricultural areas, both popular locations for PV installations. The company earned certification from conformity assessment laboratory Bureau Veritas (BV) LCIE China for ...


    By Upsolar Group Co., Ltd

  • EU or not – will farmers face similar regulations regardless?

    The Common Agricultural Policy is a huge part of every UK farmer’s business model. With a number of grant and subsidy schemes which have in the past included subsidising the acquisition of rainwater harvesting tanks and other storage tanks, the impending referendum on whether or not the UK stays in the European Union will be of great interest to a large number of farmers, as well as ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Common Agriculture Policy reform: the package is approved by the SCA

    Today (7 October 2013), under the Lithuanian Presidency, the Special Committee on Agriculture (SCA) approved final compromise texts of the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package agreed by the Council and the European Parliament representatives during the last trilogue meeting which took place on 24 September.  The main elements of the political agreement on the CAP reform package ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • Proposed Tax Regulation Threaten Multigenerational Cattle Operations

    The Internal Revenue Service hosted a public hearing today on a Department of Treasury proposed rule that would eliminate or greatly reduce available valuation discounts for family-related entities. Kevin Kester, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association ...

  • Bc Salmon Farmers Welcome New Aquaculture Regulations

    Minister Gail Shea of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans announced new national Aquaculture Activities Regulations today that she says will modernize and streamline the regulatory environment for Aquaculture in Canada.   “Salmon farmers in British Columbia have been asking for a modernized regulation of our farming practices for a number of years and are happy to see the ...


    By Salmon Farmers Association

  • Livestock Recommendations - Farming Regulation Task Force

    At the Oxford Farming Conference the Secretary of State announced:  From 2016, the introduction of a generic 10 mile rule for CPH allocation across farmed species, alongside a new solution for dealing with land being used for temporary grazing within 10 miles of the home holding;  From 2017, the abolition of all CTS Links and Sole Occupancy Authority (SOAs) licences; ...

  • Common agricultural policy: the reform is approved by the Council

    Common agricultural policy: the reform is approved by the Council Today (on Dec 16), the Council adopted the common agriculture policy (CAP) reform package following a first reading agreement with the European Parliament. This reform sets out the new rules for the CAP in the next seven-year period, in order to equip the European agricultural sector for the opportunities and challenges of the ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • EPA Releases Report on Maryland Agriculture Programs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has completed an evaluation of Maryland’s animal agriculture regulations and programs. The assessment, which is one of six that the agency is conducting of state animal agriculture programs within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, found that Maryland has a robust and well-implemented state program. EPA conducts periodic reviews of ...

  • Harper Government Advances Agricultural Trade in Europe

    Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz represented the interests of Canadian farmers and met with key trading partners attending the 6th Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit at the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture during International Green Week. In addressing the Summit, Minister Ritz called for a science-based approach to regulation to secure access to food, increase rural incomes, and ...

  • EUR 28m EU support for the promotion of agricultural products

    The European Commission has approved 16 programmes in 12 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Latvia, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom) to provide information on and to promote agricultural products in the European Union. The total budget of the programmes running between one and three years is € 62.1 million, of which the EU will ...

  • The Commission approves new promotion programmes for agricultural products

    The European Commission has approved 41 new programmes to promote agricultural products in the EU and on third country markets, worth 130 million EURO over 3 years, half of which (65m EURO) comes from the EU budget. This includes an extra 30m€ of EU funds made available by the Commission following the Russian ban on imports of EU food products last August. Commenting on these new programmes, ...

  • EPA Releases Report on West Virginia Agriculture Programs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it has completed an evaluation of West Virginia’s animal agriculture regulations and programs. The assessment, which is one of six that the agency is conducting of state animal agriculture programs in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, found that West Virginia is relying heavily on programs with voluntary participation to increase the ...

  • Promotion of EU agricultural products outside the EU

    The European Commission has approved measures to provide information on, and to promote agricultural products in third countries. Member States submitted 20 programmes to the Commission to be examined. The 10 programmes that have been accepted are from France, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Romania. The products covered are PGI and PDO, wine, fruit and vegetables, meat, spirits, ...

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