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NEWS

Opinion: Farmers must put words into action and reward staff

Autumn is upon us here at Knockann. The cattle are enjoying the final flush of grass, calving is in full swing and we are just getting into our third cut…

BREXIT

Eustice considering ways to ease food sector labour crisis

Defra secretary George Eustice says he is considering changes to the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (Saws) as a way of bringing in much needed labour to help the beleaguered agri-food…

NEWS

FW Podcast Ep 75: Fertiliser market mayhem and lamb exports

In this episode, the fertiliser market soars after UK manufacturers curtail production because of rising gas prices. What should farmers do to secure fertiliser supplies? And should rates be adjusted?…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Era of cheap food appears to be at an end

It is no exaggeration to say that UK agriculture avoided a catastrophe this week. The news on Tuesday that the government has reached a deal with the American owner of…

NEWS

Thieves target another Norfolk farmer in high-value GPS raid

An arable farmer in Oxborough is the latest victim in a spate of high-value GPS thefts that have hit Norfolk. William Chapman’s farm was raided in the early hours of…

BPS

NI farm businesses to receive £15.5m extra BPS funding

Northern Ireland’s farm businesses are set to benefit from an additional £15.5m in Basic Payment Scheme funding, farm minister Edwin Poots has announced. Addressing industry leaders at the Balmoral Show…

NEWS

Dairy groups complain about Times cow's milk article

Dairy groups have written to The Times newspaper to clarify comments about cow’s milk in an article comparing the best plant-based alternatives. The AHDB, Dairy UK and NFU Dairy said…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Welsh farm support scheme to target climate change from 2025

Wales’ new scheme for farm support payments will begin in January 2025 and will be geared almost entirely towards addressing climate change and biodiversity loss, rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths…

NEWS

Respite for farmers as government underwrites CO2 production

Carbon dioxide supplies should start to flow again soon, bringing much-needed respite for the food industry in general and farmers in particular, who have faced the prospect of a catastrophic…

BREXIT

Thanet Earth loses £320k in tomato sales due to worker shortage

Kent grower Thanet Earth was unable to send £320,000 worth of tomatoes to retail customers due to a shortage of labour in the horticulture sector, it has emerged. The tomatoes…

NEWS

Concern raised over effect of Brexit policy on food quality

Brexit policy has dragged British farming into a "race to the bottom" on food standards, according to speakers at an NFU-sponsored fringe meeting at the Liberal Democrats' party conference, held…

NEWS

Opinion: Retaining good farm staff will come at higher cost

Just over a year ago, I wrote about our new recruit from a non-farming background and how, due to Covid, there would likely be a wider pool of people considering…

FARM POLICY

Farmers want incentives for climate change mitigation in ELM

Farmers and growers want to see rewards for climate change mitigation included within the Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes, an NFU survey has revealed. The union quizzed 400 of its…

NEWS

Celebrities call for subsidy shift away from stock farming

Film and TV celebrities have made a joint call for subsidies to shift away from livestock farming to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Eighteen celebrities made the demand in a…

NEWS

UK steakhouse criticised for promoting Australian beef

The National Beef Association (NBA) has criticised the Miller & Carter steakhouse chain for promoting Australian beef in its UK restaurants. Neil Shand, chief executive of the NBA, said marketing…

COMPLIANCE

Farmers urged to check NVZ maps as first letters sent

Farmers in England are being urged to check if their land is in a nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) – and they will have only 28 days to lodge an appeal.…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Carbon dioxide shortage sparks food supply-chain fears

Meat manufacturers have less than two weeks' supply of carbon dioxide in the system and failure to resolve this will likely lead to food shortages and more animals backed up…

NEWS

Opinion: Red Tractor still makes sense for cereal producers

As we change the way we trade with the rest of the world after Brexit, the question of where we want to set our standards as an industry is a…

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