11 February 2000
The battle for agrimoney

THE government is refusing to apply for 450m from Brussels as compensation for the strong Pound, which has depressed the value of subsidies.

Gill pledges to fight for all producers (2 February 2000) FARMERS leader Ben Gill has pledged to continue to fight to protect the future of British agriculture despite the governments refusal to give aid to producers.

Brown rules out agrimonetary aid (2 February 2000)
AGRICULTURE minister Nick Brown has announced a reduction in the amount of red-tape faced by farmers – but he has ruled out any agrimonetary aid to producers.

Blair rules out farming compensation (31 January 2000)
TONY BLAIR will not offer special compensation for farmers in an expected address to farmers leaders meeting on Tuesday (1 February), it has been reported.

Compensation unlikely, says minister (26 January 2000)
FARMERS are unlikely to receive payments to compensate for the strength of Sterling, junior agricultural minister Joyce Quin has indicated.

Blair to announce aid at Union AGM? (18 January 2000)
RUMOURS are spreading that Prime Minister Tony Blair could appear at the National Farmers Union annual general meeting next month to announce an aid scheme for farmers.

Unions demand 450m from Brussels (10 January 2000)
FARMERS leaders have joined forces in a bid to secure 450 million from the European Union to compensate for a reduction in farm subsidies.