• CAP SIMPLIFICATION is a real motherhood and apple pie issue.

  • WHETHER or not it comes off, the Irish Farmers Association deserves credit for pressing the European Commission to investigate the fertiliser market.

  • FORECASTING IS never an exact science - and this weekend polling companies will be assessing how accurate they were in predicting the outcome of the general election.

  • IT IS hard to believe it is over two years since the horse meat scandal.

  • IN INTERNET slang there are lots of acronyms, from LOL - laughing out loud - to IMHO - in my humble opinion, which usually comes from someone anything but humble.

  • THE WEAKNESS of the euro against sterling is a boost for people heading off on holidays to the eurozone - but it is a disaster for the farming industry.

  • EU FARM commissioner, Phil Hogan, is due to visit the Highland Show, in June and it is a safe bet that the industry, and farmers, will be impressed by a genial, but tough, politician.

  • ACROSS EUROPE, farmers tweeted photographs this week of the final milking, or final tanker leaving their yard in the milk quota era.

  • REPORTS THAT trials will soon begin on what has been dubbed a 'super potato' will bring the issue of genetically modified (GM) crops soaring up the EU political agenda.

  • Simplifying the CAP is, with no pun intended, complicated.