Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Farmers Weekly brings you news and advice for farmers and people working in agriculture during the Covid-19 outbreak. Find out what the latest is on employment law and government announcements that affect farms. Get advice on the coronavirus situation for your farm - from staff and livestock to compliance and health and safety.

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CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Coronavirus: Drinks sector barley use sinks to 10-year low

Barley use in the brewing, malting and distilling sector has fallen to the lowest level in more than a decade, figures released by AHDB Cereals show. Figures for April –…

FINANCE

Coronavirus: Tractor sales lowest since 2001

The coronavirus pandemic has continued to hit tractor sales, with a 42% drop in registrations recorded in May, according to Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) figures. Just 586 agricultural tractors (over…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Coronavirus: Advice on farm staff safety and harvest labour

The coronavirus pandemic has put a new focus on family and worker safety and wellbeing as it rampages through communities. In a work context, the virus is a health and…

NEWS

Coronavirus: Appeal for calm as tensions rise in countryside

Industry leaders are appealing for calm in the countryside amid rising tensions between farmers and day-trippers. Livestock have been let loose, litter strewn across fields and disposable barbecues lit in…

NEWS

Wildfires warning as coronavirus lockdown eases

Gamekeepers have warned the risk of moorland and grassland wildfires remains high as firefighters tackle large blazes across the country. Tinder-dry conditions after very little rain in May has made…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Law firm proposes group action on denied insurance claims

Farmers who have had a business interruption claim for a diversification denied by their insurer during the coronavirus pandemic may be able to challenge this by taking part in a…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Coronavirus: British Wool cuts payment amid severe recession

Sheep farmers will suffer at least two years of rock-bottom wool prices after British Wool confirmed a sharp drop in the value of last year’s clip and withdrew this year’s…

GRANTS

Coronavirus: Self-employed and furlough schemes extended

Self-employed workers will be eligible for a second round of government support to help them through the coronavirus crisis, but will receive less money than during the first round. Chancellor…

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