• AS MILK production peaks across Europe, some depressing facts are becoming even more stark.

  • PREPARE over the coming weeks to learn a lot more about South America and in particular the Mercosur countries negotiating a new trade deal with Europe.

  • Since pollsters got the Scottish referendum and General Election result so wrong we have all become distrustful of surveys. 

  • IT IS tempting to conclude that if some members of the European Parliament entered a team in an international contest, they would want their players to have one hand tied behind their back. 
  • GENERALLY when the Irish are in charge of agricultural events in Brussels, things go well.

  • THE PACKAGE that emerged in Brussels this week was a classic curate's egg, in that it was good in parts.

  • FARMERS need to prepare for a big disappointment next week, when EU farm ministers discuss what can be done to tackle the crisis on agricultural markets.

  • JUST after he became farm commissioner, Phil Hogan was in Dublin for a conference organised by the Irish Farmers Association.

  • IF THE UK ultimately votes for Brexit - departure from the EU - one of the big changes for agriculture will be the loss of a link to the lobbying might of the pro-farming, pro-CAP member states.

  • IF THE polls are right - and that is a big 'if' after the fiasco of the General Election predictions - and speculation is correct about the timing of the EU referendum, UK agriculture could be contemplating a future outside the EU sooner than people thought likely.