Farming news from the last 24 hours

FARM POLICY

Call for planning law reform to aid Scottish farm succession

Farm leaders in Scotland are pushing for a relaxation of planning laws to allow retiring farmers to build a home on their land. NFU Scotland (NFUS) says change is needed because…

SUGAR BEET

No neonic-treated sugar beet seed this spring

Sugar beet growers will not be able to use neonicotinoid-treated seed this spring after cold weather reduced the risk of virus yellows disease. Low temperatures during February mean that only…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

First Milk pumps £12m into creamery upgrades

Farmer-owned co-op First Milk has announced a £12.5m investment programme to update its cheese and whey processing facilities.   The investment will be split across two processing sites. About £9m…

BUSINESS

Norfolk wind farm ruling of wider significance to farmers

Legal experts say a High Court ruling against an offshore wind farm in Norfolk could have wider implications for farmers and landowners affected by other infrastructure projects. The High Court…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Liver fluke test advice issued amid rising cases

Farmers should test and monitor cattle and sheep for liver fluke after periods of mild and very wet winter weather, vets are warning, amid widespread evidence of infection.   This…

BREXIT

Long-awaited report sets out guidance for agri-food trade

Government needs to strike a balance between liberalising trade and ensuring UK farmers are not undermined by substandard imported food, says the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC) in its long-awaited…