31 March 2000
Farm Summit news and reaction
NFU backs kitemark with campaign, FWi, 31 March 2000
THE National Farmers Union has dismissed criticism of its new kitemark for British produce and pledged a campaign to ensure it succeeds with consumers.
Blair must do more, say hill farmers, FWi, 31 March 2000
TONY BLAIR must come up with more than a 60 million aid package if he is to really help hill farmers, according to the Hill Farming Initiative.
Beef farmers hail end of OTMS limit, FWi, 31 March 2000
BEEF farmers have hailed Tony Blairs intention to remove the weight limit for older cattle slaughtered under the Over Thirty Months Scheme.
Aid package – what the papers say, FWi, 31 March 2000
TONY BLAIR is portrayed as a champion of farmers by the daily papers, who say he fought hard to prise the farm aid package from his reluctant Chancellor.
Industry lukewarm on NFU kitemark, FWi, 31 March 2000
FARMERS and the industry have given a lukewarm reception to the launch of the kitemark designed to boost sales of British farm produce.
Blair is committed to farmers – NFU, FWi, 31 March 2000
TONY BLAIRS 203 million aid package for farmers shows that the Prime Minister is committed to farmers, says the National Farmers Union.
Kitemark looks French, say shoppers, FWi, 31 March 2000
THE new logo designed to promote British farm produce looks French, according to a straw poll of consumers by Farmers Weekly.
Pig farmers pledge to maintain vigil, FWi, 30 March 2000
PIG producers demonstrating outside Parliament in a bid to highlight the crisis in their industry will maintain their vigil despite Tony Blairs aid package.
Summit was media stunt, say MPs, FWi, 30 March 2000
OPPOSITION parties have accused Tony Blair of turning his Downing Street summit with farmers leaders into a media stunt.
Farmers strip off outside Downing St, FWi, 30 March 2000
FARMERS stripped to their waists outside Downing Street as Tony Blair prepared to meet industry leaders to discuss the farming crisis.
Family farmers slam farm summit, FWi, 30 March 2000
FAMILY farmers have slammed the Downing Street summit between Tony Blair and industry leaders, saying it will do nothing to help small producers.
Blair delays pollution law, FWi, 31 March 2000
NEW pollution regulations for intensive pig and poultry farmers are set to be postponed for a further three years, Tony Blair has pledged.
Blair announces 203m aid package, FWi, 30 March 2000
TONY BLAIR has announced a 203 million aid package for farmers at the Downing Street summit with industry leaders.
Blair unveils British food kitemark, FWi, 30 March 2000
TONY BLAIR has launched a new 2 million kitemark to promote British food at the Downing Street summit with farmers leaders.
Aid for pig and dairy farmers?, FWi, 30 March 2000
PIG and dairy farmers are expected to benefit from an aid package to be announced at the Downing Street summit on Thursday (30 March), it is reported.
Kitemark launch at farm summit, FWi, 29 March 2000
TONY BLAIR will launch a new 2m kitemark to promote British food at the Downing Street summit with farmers leaders on Thursday (30 March).
Family farmers arrange own summit, FWi, 28 March 2000
JONATHAN DIMBLEBY, broadcaster and president of the Soil Association, is to chair an alternative farm summit for crisis-hit family farmers.
Tenant farmers want early retirement, FWi, 28 March 2000
TENANT farmers facing uncertain old-age want Tony Blair to come up with an early retirement scheme so that they can leave the industry with dignity.
Bishops call on Blair for action, FWi, 28 March 2000
THREE bishops, with other churchmen, have written to Tony Blair ahead of this weeks farming summit urging him to tackle the farming crisis.
NFU offers deal for cash aid, FWi, 28 March 2000
THE National Farmers Union has pledged to move away from intensive farming methods in return for a farm aid package from Tony Blair.
Cash hopes grow for Blair summit, FWi, 24 March 2000
HOPES are rising among farm leaders that Tony Blair will announce an aid package at the rural summit in Downing Street next Thursday (30 March).
Agrimoney on aid agenda?, FWi, 9 March 2000
FARMERS may be offered short-term aid from the government to tackle the ongoing crisis in the industry, reports the Radio 4 Farming Today programme.
Farm summit for No 10, FWi, 8 March 2000
PRIME Minister Tony Blair has announced he will hold a “farm summit” later this month to discuss the long-term strategy for agriculture.
Government help not ruled out – Gill, FWi, 2 March 2000
NFU president Ben Gill insists the Prime Minister has not ruled out short-term help for farming, despite what many people may have thought.
Blair urges new direction for farming, FWi, 1 February 2000
TONY BLAIR has called for a “partnership for change” between farmers and the Government in an effort to find what he has termed “new direction” for farming.
Give farmers a chance, Blair urged, FWi, 1 February 2000
TONY Blair has been urged to give British farmers a fair chance by helping them break free of one of the worst agricultural depressions in living memory.