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IFA Grain Chairman Mark Browne has welcomed assurances by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan and the Department of Agriculture that growers unable to adhere to crop diversification rules due to poor weather this year will have the required flexibility to establish the maximum amount of arable crops.

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With plans to reconvene the EU and Mercosur negotiations in Brussels in two weeks’ time, IFA President Joe Healy said the EU Commission has to seriously question the credibility of continuing negotiations with the Brazilian government, which has to come to the end as elections are due later this year.

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The IFA is protesting this morning outside the EU Commission offices in Mount Street in Dublin. The protest is over the EU Commission’s proposal to offer Brazil and other South American countries further access to the EU market for beef and poultry as part of the Mercosur trade negotiations.

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IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the publication by the EU Commission of a “Notice of initiation of a partial interim review of the anti-dumping measures applicable to imports of ammonium nitrate originating in Russia”.

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Responding to reports from Brussels, IFA President Joe Healy has welcomed the removal of some sensitive products, in particular beef, from the draft offer on Mercosur being considered by EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström.

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