Compiled by the AGRI sector of the Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies (Albert MASSOT MARTI)
NB this list is intended for internal EP use and some links are available only to subscribers


 EC:  A new, modern Multiannual Financial Framework for a European Union that delivers efficiently on its priorities post-2020 (Communication of 14.2.2018 – COM (2018) 98)

European Council: Remarks by President Donald Tusk following the informal meeting of the 27 heads of state or government on 23 February 2018

Visegrad Group:  Joint declaration of the Ministers of Agriculture of the Visegrad Group and Croatia on the Commission Communication on The Future of Food and Farming

          IEG Policy:Rural development funds to be grant-based, financial instrument only as a plus – Visegrad group

European Parliament: DG IPOL – MFF Network (intranet documentation)

EU Observer:

IEG Policy 

BruegelEU budget, Common Agricultural Policy and Regional Policy – en route to reform?

ICMSA: Commission’s CAP 2020 Budget options are disappointing and will be ‘unacceptable to Ireland’

Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA) : Any move to reduce CAP budget post 2020 must be vigorously opposed

Eur Activ:

Michel Dantin (FR): Communiqué de presse – Baisse du budget de la PAC : derrière la communication de la Commission se cache des non-dits et de vrais enjeux

 EC: A Europe that delivers: Institutional options for making the European Union’s work more efficient (Communication of 13.2.2018)

        EU Observer: 


EC: Flash Euro-barometer 2018 (60% of respondents to the latest Euro-barometer survey of public opinion on the CAP believe the farm policy benefits all citizens & not just farmers, according to a 208-page report published on 20 February)

EC: Safe, sustainability, quality: citizens share their views onf food and farming 

           IEG Policy: Majority of EU citizens wants a better position for farmers in the agri-food supply chain

USDA: USDA Agricultural projections to 2027

            Farm Policy NewsUSDA Releases 10-Year Agricultural Projections- Focus on Corn, Soybeans


IEG Policy:  EU organic food sales continue to grow rapidly

Eurostat: Organic farming statistics

OECD: Towards better Food Policies     



EC: COM (2017) 713 of 29 November 2017. Press release: The Future of Food and Farming – for a flexible, fair and sustainable Common Agricultural Policy . Memo – Fact sheet: The future of food and farming – Communication on the Common Agricultural Policy post-2020.

EC – Phil Hogan blog: Building the Future of EU Food and Farming

European Parliament: Draft own-initiative report on the Future of Food and Farming Communication (Herbert Dorfmann report)

                IEG Policy: Direct payments to be calculated with EU-wide uniform method – Agriculture 

EC: Commissioner’s speech on ‘New CAP Delivery Model’ (ENRD Conference)

EC:  A new, modern Multiannual Financial Framework for a European Union that delivers efficiently on its priorities post-2020 (Communication of 14.2.2018) (see Section 1. Key Documents)

EC: Rural development under the microscope

EC: Harnessing Research and Innovation for FOOD 2030 (Conference report)

OECD- European Commission: 

                 IEG Policy: Future CAP will boost precision farming to improve sustainable water use

CAP Reform

                 IEG PolicyIncreased flexibility for coupled support is a “bad decision”

Tomas Garcia Azcarate Blog:  The consequences of the European budget hole

IEG Policy: 

Eur Activ:

EEB – Bird Life: OPEN LETTER – Subject: 19 February Agriculture Council

EU Observer: Make budget cuts in farm and regional funds, the Dutch say


                 IEG Policy: Environmental data collection should be boosted with CAP Pillar 1 funds


                 IEG Policy: Scholars say Commission Communication on CAP shows little willingness to change

Présidence de la République Française (FR): Transcription du discours du Président de la République, Emmanuel Macron, à la nouvelle génération agricole

L’explicite (FR): Articulation du droit de la concurrence et de la politique agricole commune (PAC)


USDA: USDA 94th Annual Agricultural Outlook Forum – The Roots of Prosperity

                Farm Policy NewsThe 2018 Outlook for U.S. Agriculture From USDA’s Chief Economist

USDA – ERS: 2018 Farm Sector Income Forecast

               Farm Policy News (US): 2018 U.S. Farm Income Forecast Released

               Farmdoc DailyWill Farm Income Really Drop to a 12-Year Low in 2018?

USDA -ERS: Amber Waves Supermarkets, Schools, and Social Gatherings: Where Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Other U.S. Households Acquire Their Foods Correlates With Nutritional Quality

US National Farmers Union: 2018 America’s Farm & Food Bill

US House Committee of Agriculture:

                Farm Policy NewsHouse Ag Committee Hearing with Sec. Perdue: Trade Issues

IFPRI: 2018 Farm Bill: Protecting the U.S. cotton industry poses risks for developing countries

Agri-Pulse: Cotton, dairy deal eases path for new farm bill

                Farm Policy News (US): Cottonseed Included in Title I of the Farm Bill

IEG Policy: 

                The Hill: Tiny but mighty: Farm bill programs punching above their weight

Farmdoc Daily : Farm Bill Review: Origins of Fixed Price Policy



EC:   Speech by Michel Barnier following this week’s round of Article 50 negotiations (6th-9th February)

                IEG Policy: Barnier warns UK that Brexit transition period is not a given

                EU Observer: Barnier warms UK Brexit transition ‘not a given’


               IEG Policy: EU would have “no alternatives” with UK on border control, mutual recognition

EC: Brexit preparedness

EC: Slides on International agreements and trade policy            

Parliament UK:

EU Observer: 

Eur Activ: The Brief – Stand well back for the Brexit relaunch

National Board of Trade Sweden: New report: Recommendations for Swedish priorities in upcoming Brexit negotiations

            IEG PolicyKeeping the UK in the EEA would be best solution after Brexit – Swedish trade body

Irish GovernmentMinister Humphreys Publishes Copenhagen Economics study on Impacts of Brexit on Trade and the Economy

            Study: Ireland and the impacts of Brexit

Press reader:  Agri-food sector to be worst hit by hard Brexit

IEG Policy: Brexit will slash Irish agri-food production, trade and employment

IOD: Policy report –  Customising Brexit – A hybrid option for a UK – EU trade framework


Reuters: Chance of Chance of halting Brexit now close to 50:50, says leading campaigner

World Economic Forum: Brexit, the US, China and the future of global trade

The Guardian: No-deal Brexit would trigger wave of red tape for UK drivers and hauliers

Daily Mail: George Soros on the Brexit

Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute: Brexit: Transition mode d’emploi – Policy paper


Parliament UK: 

                       IEG Policy: UK Parliament launches inquiry on UK sugar trade post-Brexit

Gov UK: A Brighter Future for Farming (speech of  Secretary of State Michael Gove)

NFU: UK food & farming sector unites to highlight impact on home-grown production

EU Business: The Future of Farming – UK agricultural policy after Brexit

IEG Policy: 

Sustainable Food Trust: Will Brexit and Trump’s wall change the face of farm labour?

The Independent: British fruit farmer cutting jobs and expanding in China as Brexit uncertainty hits UK agriculture


Council – Bulgarian Presidency:

                       IEG Policy: Bulgaria prioritises CAP simplification and discussions on next EU budget

Bulgarian Presidency EU:

EC: Published initiatives

EC:  Contribute Law Making (New ‘Better regulation’ portal and REFIT platform)

EC: Commission seeks expert views on plant proteins

EC: Fitness Check of General Food Law

EC: Monitoring EU agri-food trade (development in 2017)

EC – JRC:  Newsletter – February


EC: Commission creates Task Force Rural Africa to focus on development role of food and farming

EP: Agri News on the Research4committees blog – 2018 issues

EP – Briefing: 

European Ombudsman: Decision in case 1769/2017/JAS on the European Chemicals Agency’s handling of concerns regarding the herbicide ingredient glyphosate

European Court of Auditors (ECA): EU auditors to examine organic-food control system

                IEG Policy: EU Court of Auditors examines organic-food control system

European Court of Justice: Judgment of Case 585/15 of 9 February (Sugar – production levies – Calculation)

EC: Commission implementing regulation (EU) 2018/183 (OJ 34, 8-2-2018) – Ban on formaldehyde

                IEG Policy: EU ban on formaldehyde in feed comes into effect end February

EC: Commission regulation (EU) 2018/213 (OJ L 41, 14.2.2018) – Use of bisphenol A as plastic food contact material


EC: EU Milk Market Observatory

EC: EU Meat Market Observatory

EC: EU Sugar Market Observatory

EC: EU Crops Market Observatory


IEG Policy: News

Agri Business Intelligence: Free report on  ‘Geographical Indications: agri-food heritage and global trade’ 


International Grains Council – IGC: Grain market Report

IFPRI: IFPRI Insights – IFPRI Strategy Refresh: 2018-2020

Pesticide Action Network Europe – Generations Futures: Industry writing its own rules (research report)



The Hill: Regulatory restructure of biotech is critical to the future of US agriculture

Greenville Journal: The production, sale, and consumption of local food brings significant economic and health benefits to communities. But the next step is securing greater accessibility for all, including underserved populations


Emerald Insight: Imperfect information and participation in insurance markets: evidence from Italy

Choices Magazine (AAEA): Rural Exposure to Pension Reductions

SAFE (Safe Food Advocacy Europe): Webpage & News

 American Journal of Agricultural Economics: Advance articles

 European Review of Agricultural Economics: Advance articles

 Eur Activ: Country of origin food labelling to be voluntary, but not always 

The Washington Post: America has little to fear from a China-centered world

Reuters: China seeks to rejuvenate countryside with 2018 rural policy

The Guardian: Rise of mega farms: how the US model of intensive farming is invading the world

Daniel Guéguen: International law and secondary legislation: uncharted territory…until now

The GrocerMorrisons reiterates welfare commitment after El Pozo scandal

Bain & Company: Indian Farming’s Next Big Moment: Farming as a Service

Farm Policy News (US): Farm Groups Concerned About Additional U.S. Trade Restrictions- China Agricultural Retaliation

Farmdoc Daily (US): 

Kantar World Panel: Newsletter – Consumer Insights Num 141 & 142

Gro Intelligence:

 Global Meat: News

Dairy Reporter: News

The Beef / Dairy Site: Newsletter

DBV (DE): Vereinfachung und Modernisierung der Gemeinsamen Agrarpolitik – DBV-Position zum „Agrarantrag 4.0“

Salon International de l’agriculture (FR): Web page

Wiki-agri (FR): Le salon de l’agriculture, vitrine d’un secteur en crise

Journal de l’environnement (FR): Spécial Salon de l’agriculture

Michel Dantin (FR): Lettre info

FranceAgriMer (FR): Web site & Actualite

Revue Laitière Française (FR): Newsletter

Agriculture Stratégies (FR): Projet de loi agricole : Et si les solutions étaient plutôt du côté européen?

Magazin (FR): L’Agriculture urbaine: Semer dans la ville

Agrisalon (FR): À la une

Ouest – France (FR):

Le Journal du Centre (FR): Prix agricoles : la FNSEA dénonce une “incohérence politique majeure”

Le Monde (FR): Protectionnisme : « Trump donne les clés du monde à la Chine »

Opinion Internationale (FR): Tous les chemins mènent à Pékin

Les Échos (FR): Les magasins de producteurs prennent racine

The Conversation (FR): Sortir les producteurs laitiers de l’impasse 

La coopération agricole (FR):

Paysan Breton (FR): Dossier spécial mammite


Science MagazineToward nitrogen-fixing plants

Water, environmental, and agricultural resources economics (WEARE): Publications

Science for Environment Policy Antibiotic resistance genes traced from manure to soil and water on Finnish farms

Irish Examiner: Ireland: Nitrates derogation brings many new farm rules

Waterworld: China’s 13th Five Year Plan: What Role Will Wastewater Play?

Foro Ambiental: Water quality of the main tributaries of the Paraná Basin: glyphosate and AMPA in surface water and bottom sediments

NZ Herald: The five biggest risks facing NZ this year

Gouvernement Français – Ministère de la Transition écologique et solidaire (FR):  Agriculture et énergies renouvelables : un levier essentiel pour la transition énergétique


World Economic Forum: Mapping Global Transformations

The Wonk: The EU Subsidiarity Task Force : changing the definition

The German Marshall Fund (GMF): U.S. Trade Policy in the Asia-Pacific Region under President Trump: Implications for the European Union

IEG Policy: 

European Ombudsman: Recommendation of the European Ombudsman in case OI/2/2017/TE on the Transparency of the Council legislative process

The Economist: Insider trading has been rife in Wall Street, academics conclude

Daniel Guéguen – Blog Activ: International law and secondary legislation: uncharted territory … until now 

CESifo Economic Studies: Advance articles

The Review of Economic Studies: Advance articles

European Review of Economic History: Volume 22, Issue 1 –  Advance articles

ECDPM: Weekly compass (Africa- EU relationship) – 27 February

Borderlex: Newsletter


SD & EPP: New standards in wine sustainability and transparency to consumers (6 March)

ELO: 2018 ELO Innovation Conference: Farm Data and How to use it (7 March)

European Committee of the Regions:  Changing the rules of international trade, a necessary condition for facing the challenges of agriculture, food and planet  (8 March)

ELO: 2018 European Tree of the Year – Award Ceremony (21 March)

Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA): FFA 2018 (27 March 2017)

Public policy exchange2nd Symposium on the Future of Sustainable Agriculture in the EU: Assessing the Role of Pesticides and Biocides (26 June)

With acknowledgements to IEG Policy, Politico, CAP, Euractiv, Centre d ‘études et de prospective,, FranceAgriMer and Tomás Garcia Azcárate (EAGRA)

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