ENLARGING THE EU to include Turkey from 2015 could have many negative effects on agriculture, according to a Dutch university study. As well as pushing spending up by 5.2bn, Turkish accession could jeopardise food safety, lower phytosanitary standards and weaken EU border controls.

SUGAR PLANS HIT A SOUR NOTE

EURO MPs GAVE a cool reception to Commission plans for sugar reform at a special hearing in Brussels. The proposed price and quota cuts went beyond what was needed to be WTO compatible, they said, and would damage many Third World producers as well as EU sugar beet growers.

COMMISSIONER’C ORGANIC CALLl

EU AGRICULTURE commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel has called for an end to the practice of organic producers being allowed to include up to 20% non-organic feed in their rations. She said EU organic standards should keep pace with public expectations.

STORES MAKE FATTER PROFITS

THE IRISH Cattle and Sheep Association is urging beef producers to sell any unfinished cattle through marts for further fattening, not rush them to the abattoir just to get the slaughter premium. With large supplies of sugar beet and strong demand, they will make more money as stores, it says.