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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…

WEATHER

Poll: The cost of wet winter on farms

The winter of 2019-20 is heading to be one of the wettest on record since national records began, according to the Met Office. Since last autumn, persistent spells of powerful…

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,…

FARM POLICY

Defra confirms reductions in support for farmers

Basic Payments will be reduced by 5-25% next year for farmers in England, the government has confirmed. Farmers who receive up to £30,000 will see their payment reduced by 5%,…

WILDLIFE

Farmers urged to back move away from lead ammunition

Shooting groups want an end to the use of lead and single-use plastics in shotgun ammunition for live quarry shooting within five years. Nine organisations have joined forces to back…

WEATHER

New flood warnings issued for northern farms

Farmers in northern England are being warned to expect further flooding this week with further heavy rainfall in the forecast. Hundreds of homes and swaths of farmland across the UK…

POULTRY

Eustice refuses to rule out ban on chlorinated chicken

Farmer groups and opposition MPs are demanding that guarantees on import standards be written in to the Agriculture Bill currently going through parliament, amid concerns the government is prepared to…

NEWS

Opinion: Alternative pesticides are set to become mainstream

The rise of the ‘ethical consumer’ has created conflicts around the use of traditional pesticides in agriculture. People are becoming increasingly concerned about the chemicals that they’re ingesting, as well…

NEWS

Farmers to receive cash bonuses for clean water delivery

Severn Trent’s Farm to Tap scheme has reported improvements in water quality, with no metaldehyde failures at its treatment works. The water company works with 4,000 farmers across its catchment…

NEWS

Opinion: Consumers deserve more than 'bottom dollar' food

“This government will respond to the needs and wants of the British people; that is how a democracy should work, that is what Brexit is all about.” So responded James…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Eustice appointment is a 'double-edged sword'

Government reshuffles are often a heady mix of the predictable and the unexpected – and last week's ministerial merry-go-round was no exception. The sacking of Defra secretary Theresa Villiers came…

WEATHER

Farm leaders appeal for relaxation of three-crop rule

An urgent relaxation of the three-crop rule is needed to prevent flood-hit farmers being unfairly penalised, say industry leaders. Thousands of farmers battling widespread flooding remain unable to get on…

FARM POLICY

Farmer confidence hit by Brexit and flooding, says NFU

Brexit uncertainty, rising costs and devastating floods have seen confidence among farmers drop once again. According to the latest NFU member survey, the short-term confidence index, covering prospects for the…

WEATHER

Video: Farmer appeals for 'common sense' after crop flooded

Worcestershire grower Michael Lewis' recently drilled crop of spring wheat has been ruined by the floods. After wet weather scuppered his chances of drilling wheat last autumn, Mr Lewis took…

WEATHER

Video: Farmers in race to save in-lamb ewes from floods

A farming family in Herefordshire devastated by heavy flooding have described the race against time to save heavily in-lamb sheep from drowning. When lambing sheds housing 250 ewes began to…

NEWS

Farming charities expect calls to rise in aftermath of storms

Farming charities are preparing for a big upturn in requests for help in the wake of Storms Ciara and Dennis. The latest deluge will compound the practical, financial and emotional…

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