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EU approves zero set-aside rate:

The EU set-aside rate, currently 10%, will be cut to zero for crop sowings in autumn 2007 and spring 2008, following approval by European Agriculture Ministers and the European Parliament in September. The European Commission had proposed the move in view of low cereal stocks and adverse weather (Agrow No 528, p 9). The Parliament's Agriculture Committee has called for the zero rate to be extended into 2009. However, it has also asked the Commission to carry out a study on the impact of the cut, in view of the environmental benefits of set-aside. The future of the EU set-aside regime will be considered as part of the Commission's review of the EU Common Agriculture Policy, which is due to start in November.

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