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  • Nuffield Pre Contemporary Conference - London

    What a day we had yesterday (Friday 8 th March), with a real mixed bag of presentations and discussion. Our morning started with a walk from the Union Jack Club to the treasury where we were met by Brendan Bailey (Head of Structural Reform Branch). The presentation he gave us was a mixed bag of slides...
    Posted to Farmer Jake's Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Sun, Mar 10 2013
  • Organophosphate Poisioning- Photo Documentary

    Dear all, My name is Jack Luke and I’m a third year photography student studying at the Edinburgh College of Art. I’ve recently begun a photographic documentary project investigating mental health in rural farming communities in the UK. Specifically, I’m interested in the legacy of the use of Organophosphates...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by Jack_Luke on Tue, Feb 12 2013
  • You can still use pre-printed application forms to apply for cattle passports

    Cattle keepers can still use pre-printed application forms (PPAFs) to apply for passports. Only those who have applied for 85 per cent or more of their passports electronically will not receive PPAFs. Other keepers will continue to receive them and can use them if they wish. Movement cards can still...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by BCMS on Tue, Aug 9 2011
  • Re: Get your questions answered on changes to cattle movement recording

    The new style passport has been introduced in response to industry and farmers requests and to reduce costs to the tax payer. The new passport is cheaper to produce and post, and will save £1million a year. The new passports are printed on heavier weighted paper which should stand to being moved around...
    Posted to Livestock Lines (Forum) by BCMS on Wed, Aug 3 2011
  • Consumer Purchases of "Ethical" Foods - Some Data from DEFRA

    It is difficult to get a factual grip on the difference between what consumers say they will do and what they actually do when buying food. DEFRA has had a stab at this as part of their effort to build a sustainable food chain. Their research confirms that consumers are interested in the issues surrounding...
    Posted to Land Strategies Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Sun, May 8 2011
  • A possible hairy situation for the NFU

    Dear oh dear. I can’t image the NFU team are a bunch of happy bunnies at the moment. Having given DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman a telling off this week for not taking farming seriously enough, this morning it’s emerged government plans for a badger cull to tackle bovine TB are being delayed. The setback...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Fri, Feb 18 2011
  • The DEFRA love-in turns sour

    After the glamour of the Soil Association conference in Manchester last week, this week I’m at the NEC in Birmingham for the National Farmers Union’s annual meeting. With no general election on the immediate horizon, union president Peter Kendall in the hot seat for another year and a DEFRA...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Tue, Feb 15 2011
  • Reports of a tiff are greatly exaggerated

    Mark Twain, in the title there. Not sure it worked, but it’s made me feel a bit cultured. Poor old Andrew George though, eh? And I’m not just pitying him for this terrible photo we keep wheeling out on FWi: Having spent years helping the NFU thrash out arguments advocating a supermarket ombudsman...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Mon, Sep 27 2010
  • Democrats doubly disappointed

    They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Lib Dem Andrew George is disappointed the Lib Dems don’t have anyone DEFRA, as covered by Farmers Weekly and Western Morning News. Spot the difference, anyone? Share: Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Mon, Sep 27 2010
  • The age of austerity

    Mr News Editor, Mr Chief Reporter and I went into London on Tuesday to have lunch with DEFRA farm minister Jim Paice. We were meeting him ahead of his official announcement about the possibility of allowing farmers to cull badgers to help combat bovine tuberculosis. The idea was we’d get the low...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Sep 15 2010
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