Farmers Weekly Interactive

Archive | January, 2011

Don’t change solar tariffs before 2012

The Renewable Energy Association has urged government not to amend the feed-in tariff rates for solar before the scheduled review next year

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Money for young dairy farmers

First Milk has awarded scholarships to nine young farmers as part of its academy that helps the next generation get started in the sector

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Another weapon in the information armoury

London-based commodity consultancy VM Group has launched, a specialist site tracking global commodity movements. Updated daily by a team of UK journalists, analysts and statisticians, is headed by Gary Mead, former commodities editor on the Financial Times. Although it’s aimed primarily at traders, brokers and investors, it offers useful reports on weather in […]

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Dairy co-op buys Cornish cheese business

Milk Link has bought the Cornish Country Larder cheese business for an undisclosed sum

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Could a fuel price stabiliser be the answer?

Anyone who’s filled up at the pump recently will need no reminding that petrol is currently about £1.25p/litre and diesel is £1.30-plus. In some more remote parts of the country it is said to have hit £1.50/litre. Red diesel on farm is about £65p/litre. NFU Scotland’s is among the voices reminding government about the idea […]

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Inflation may not trigger interest rate rise…

The recent rise in Consumer Price Inflation from 3.3% to 3.7% (way over the Bank of England’s 2% target) has led to speculation that the Bank’s Monetary Policy Committee may approve the first hike in the base interest rate for nearly two years. Many commentators have suggested that, if inflation continues to grow and the […]

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Bumpy road ahead for Euro and sfp value?

Last year’s single farm payment was paid at an exchange rate of 1Euro:86p, the second most favourable rate since the current scheme began.

On Tuesday, the Euro was worth around 84p but the future for the single currency is far from rosy, according to Tom Barclay, head of agriculture at CLA Foreign Exchange Services, part of currency broker World First.

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Festive boost brings big rise in beef sales

Beef sales got a big boost over the Christmas period, rising by almost 13%, according to new figures from EBLEX. In the four weeks to December 26, the volume of fresh beef sold rose to 28,548 tonnes, up by almost 13% on the same period in 2009 while the value of those sales was 11.3% higher than in the previous year.

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£1m marketing push boosts Scotch Beef

Scotch beef is apparently now the best-recognised British red meat brand in London

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Buyers and sellers urged to honour contracts

The recent big swings in grain prices have prompted the NFU and Agricultural Industries Confederation to underline the importance of contract obligations for buyers and sellers

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