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Lords vote to protect farmers from substandard food imports

The government is coming under more pressure to ban food imports that do not match UK standards, following historic votes in the House of Lords on Tuesday night (22 September).…


Eustice unveils details of ‘stepping stone’ subsidy scheme

Ministers have unveiled initial details about government plans of an interim support scheme for English farmers during the early years of transition to a post-Brexit agricultural policy. Defra secretary George…


Maize Watch: Why you shouldn't leave bare stubble

With maize harvest in full swing in the South and expected to get under way imminently in the Midlands and South West, growers are being advised to plan for the…


How to assess wheat yield potential in-season

Assessing wheat yield potential during the season has always been an educated guess at best, based on previous experience, how the crop is looking and past, present and likely future…


Sow prices tumble in response to German ASF outbreak

An outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Germany has resulted in a sharp fall in British cull sow prices as key buyers such as China, Japan and South Korea…


How two OSR growers escaped the flea beetle threat

The two growers in Hampshire and Wiltshire are both using a companion crop of buckwheat to protect their oilseed rape from cabbage stem flea beetle damage and are looking to…


Wholesaler says relabelling of Uruguayan beef 'human error'

Food wholesaler Bookers has come under pressure from British beef producers after the company admitted relabelling meat from Uruguay. National Beef Association interim chief executive Neil Shand has called for…


Hunt saboteur gave police 'tampered' video of farmer assault

A man has been convicted by a jury after he used edited footage to falsely bolster his claim that a farmer had assaulted him on the farmer’s land. Hunt saboteur…


Seasonal worker scheme decision needed now, NFUS warn

Scottish growers have called on the government to immediately approve an increase in the number of permits available to non-EU seasonal workers for 2021. The UK government introduced the Seasonal…


Rent review could protect from trade disruption, TFA advises

Tenant farmers should consider triggering a rent review to protect themselves from any disruption caused by the end of the transition period, the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has said. Michaelmas…


Tributes to popular teacher killed by cows

A deputy head teacher has died after he was trampled by cows in a field near Richmond, North Yorkshire. David Clark, who was deputy head at nearby Richmond School, died…


Government extends £5,000 grant scheme for flood-hit farmers

Farmers and rural businesses whose properties were affected by flooding last winter have been given more time to apply for government grants of up to £5,000.   Defra announced on…


Warning over long-term shortage of mastitis antibiotics

A shortage of two of the UK’s most popular antibiotic mastitis treatments is set to continue into 2021, veterinary experts have warned. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) said issues that…

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