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FARM POLICY

Trade adviser insists food standards must be upheld

Trade deals signed by ministers must not involve a “race to the bottom” that undermines British food standards and threatens farm businesses, the government has been told. Top government adviser…

FARM POLICY

NFU Live: £2m campaign to give UK food exports a push

Farmers are being urged to “seize the opportunities” offered by emerging markets beyond Europe, and are being offered additional government support to help them do so. Announcing a new £2m…

FARM POLICY

Liz Truss: Let's get British food to top of global menu

International trade secretary Liz Truss sets out her vision for a more outward-looking UK agriculture, capitalising on the opportunities the global market presents. As an independent trading nation, the UK…

FARM POLICY

Eustice promises swift decision on AHDB Horticulture levy

Defra secretary George Eustice says he will make a swift decision on the future of AHDB Horticulture after growers voted to abolish the compulsory levy. The ballot on 18 February…

FARM POLICY

NFU Live: Batters stresses need for investment in UK farming

Farm leader Minette Batters has called on the government to invest in UK agriculture – highlighting the huge contribution it makes to the national economy. Investment in farming would have…

NEWS

Labour leader pledges closer relationship with farmers

Labour leader Keir Starmer has pledged to forge a new relationship with British farmers – and protect the UK’s high food standards. In the first speech by a Labour leader…

FARM POLICY

NFU20: New team elected to steer union through Brexit

Hertfordshire farmer Stuart Roberts has been elected NFU deputy president, ousting Guy Smith who served for six years as an NFU officeholder. The NFU's biennial officeholder elections – which also…

CRIME

NFU20: Stock theft and fake pesticides among crimes on rise

Counterfeit pesticides, incursions by activists, and livestock theft are all among the rural crimes on the rise in the UK. According to NFU Mutual the annual cost to farmers is…

FARM POLICY

NFU20: Eustice rules out three-crop rule derogation

Defra minister George Eustice has ruled out a relaxation of the three-crop rule to help flood-hit farmers – despite describing it as ridiculous, barking and bonkers. The controversial Brussels rule…

LIVESTOCK

NFU20: Myth-busting toolkit helps farmers tackle bad press

The NFU has equipped farmers with a myth-busting fact sheet on livestock and the environment to help them push back against misconceptions about the industry. Rethinking Ruminants was launched at…

NEWS

NFU20: British farm standards must not be undermined

Farm leader Minette Batters has repeated her assertion that British food standards must not be undermined by a flood of imports post-Brexit. Speaking at the NFU's 2020 conference in Birmingham,…

BREXIT

NFU19: Food tariffs to protect farmers in no-deal Brexit

Tariffs and quotas will be imposed on food imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit to protect British farmers, the government has announced. But producers also face the prospect…

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