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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…

NFU CONFERENCE

NFU19: Next 30 years ‘most important’ in global agriculture

The next 30 years will be the most important time in the history of global agriculture, which faces enormous challenges to feed a growing world population, an influential US global…

BOVINE TB

NFU19: Wales urged to follow England’s badger cull model

The head of Wales’ biggest farming union is calling on the Welsh government to work together with farmers to battle the ongoing misery of bovine TB – and adopt the…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

NFU19: Gove promises action over late agri-environment payments

Bridging payments worth up to £28m will be paid from April to farmers still waiting for Countryside Stewardship scheme payments, the Defra secretary has announced. Michael Gove admitted that the…

NFU CONFERENCE

NFU19: Gove reaffirms pledge to protect UK food standards

Defra secretary Michael Gove has reaffirmed his pledge to protect British farm standards after the UK leaves the European Union. Speaking at the NFU annual conference, Mr Gove said the…

NFU CONFERENCE

Poll: How do you rate Minette Batters' first year?

The NFU conference, now under way in Birmingham, marks the anniversary of Minette Batters' election to NFU president. It has been an eventful first year, dominated by Brexit and the development…

NFU CONFERENCE

NFU19: Union demands Brexit guarantee on food standards

NFU president Minette Batters is calling on the government to convene a high-level commission to help guarantee that food imports meet British standards after Brexit. Speaking at the NFU's annual…

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