Farmers Weekly Interactive

Archive | December, 2010

Quality and origin top the meat menu

Meat quality and “locally produced” are two of the most important considerations for consumers when eating out, according to EBLEX research

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Census confirms slump in Scots barley area

Final results from the Scottish Government’s 2010 agricultural census, published today, confirm the country’s barley area slumped this year, while there was a slight recovery in cattle numbers

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Early numbers see 2011 EU wheat crop up 7%

French analyst Strategie Grains has made an early stab at the size of the 2011 harvest, putting the soft wheat crop (ie excluding durum) up 7% on this year at 136.5m tonnes. The estimates are based on yield trends and an expected 500,000ha increase in area in response to higher prices, says HGCA.

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Sterling could be best bet in 2011

It’s that time of year when everyone starts having a stab at what they think will happen in the New Year. The latest crystal ball gazing is from economist Jeremy Cook at foreign exchange brokers, World First

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ADAS on the hunt for solar sites

ADAS has teamed up with solar photovoltaics developers, Enfinity, to find sites for large field-scale (25-30 acres) solar energy parks

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NFU tackles Arla over milk price

The NFU has held an urgent meeting with Arla Foods UK chief executive Peter Lauritzen to discuss concerns about the price paid to its farmer members

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EU Commission considers commodity futures markets action

Commodity price volatility is to be examined as part of an EU Commission review of its Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID).

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Work starts at Montrose grain facility

Construction of a new 43,000t dockside grain storage and handling facility at Montrose in Scotland has started this week

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Remember VAT rate change – 4 January

The VAT rate rises to 20% from 4 January. Among farm accounts, the rate change is most likely to cause problems for fuel scale charges simply because it is likely to be forgotten about, warns Faye Armstrong of Cumbria accountant Dodd & Co.

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Signs of a firmer dairy market?

More fuel has been thrown into the milk price debate after New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra increased its forecast milk price for the 2010/11 season

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