They are always targeted first by other countries in an attempt to exploit the United States. They are the first to be targeted, but that goal is taken away from their backs. The agreement is expected to lead to a huge increase in Brazilian beef exports to all EU countries.   Under the agreement, the EU will open its markets to a quota of up to 99,000 tonnes of beef per year, at a preferential duty rate of 7.5%.  Farmers across the EU are opposed to this, especially small farmers who fear being underestimated in terms of price.  The COPA-COGECA union, which represents 23 million farmers across the EU, warned that the deal « will go down in history as a very dark moment. »  The Irish Farmers` Association condemned the deal as « shameful and weak balances ». .