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NFU spells out priorities ahead of 2015 General Election

NFU spells out priorities ahead of 2015 General Election
18-09-2014 04:20 AM | News, Organic
Organic cotton can play role in 'feeding the world'
Organic cotton can help farmers feed their families and local communities around the world, according to a new Soil Association briefing. The Soil ...
NFU spells out priorities ahead of 2015 General Election
A Government that understands farm businesses, wants agriculture to grow and has the policies that send the right signals to farmers, are the key mess...
04-09-2014 07:42 AM | Products, Finance, News, Organic, Produce
What will be the impact of the Russian ban?
On August 7, 2014, Russia announced the introduction of an import ban, applicable from August 8, on certain meat, dairy, fruit, vegetable and processe...
02-09-2014 15:12 PM | News, Organic, Poultry
Can 100% organic diets work for poultry?
Jason Gittins, ADAS Organic diets for poultry may need to be formulated without any non-organic materials in future. This has focused attention on...
28-07-2014 02:08 AM | News, Organic, Shows and Events
Forum discusses the Organic Future
The Scottish Organic Forum held an open workshop on the 10th of July at SAC Craibstone, to discuss the future of the organic sector in Scotland. Many ...
14-07-2014 11:05 AM | News, Organic, Produce, Supermarkets
Significant differences between organic and non-organic food, study shows
Organic crops and crop-based foods are up to 69% higher in a number of key antioxidants than conventionally-grown crops, according to a team of resear...
07-05-2014 09:40 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News, Organic
Organic farming can help save bees
New evidence is already showing that the loss of bees and other pollinators is affecting farmers. New studies suggest that crops like field bean, ...
28-03-2014 02:59 AM | News, Organic, Produce
Eating organic food doesn't lower risk of cancer
Women who always or mostly eat organic foods have the same likelihood of developing cancer as women who eat conventionally produced foods, according t...
26-03-2014 02:07 AM | News, Organic
Commission proposals for new rules for organic farming
The European Commission has published new proposals for a new Regulation on organic production and the labelling of organic products. Consumer and pro...
14-03-2014 04:59 AM | News, Organic, Produce
Organic sales see growth for first time in four years
The Soil Association’s annual Organic Market Report today reveals that the organic sector has seen growth of 2.8% in 2013: the first time the organic ...
14-03-2014 03:39 AM | Grassland, News, Organic, Arable, Cereal, Crops
Approve GM crops, adviser urges Cameron
Climate disruption, population growth and rising costs of food staples means the UK must start producing more from the land, the Prime Minister was ur...
13-03-2014 02:19 AM | News, Organic, Produce, Renewables
Farming industry sets out low-carbon food agenda
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the future should go hand in hand with producing food for a growing population and delivering for the environment...
13-03-2014 01:51 AM | Market Reports, News, Organic, Supermarkets
Pressure on big four supermarkets 'intensifies'
The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel show new records set by Waitrose and Aldi as pressure on the big four supermarkets intensifies...
Harper Adams conference links farming, science and nutritional food value
Harper Adams University is set to host the 2014 Frank Arden Memorial Conference on 24 April, supported by the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust. ...
07-03-2014 06:16 AM | Appointments, News, Organic
Leading organic body appoints new CEO
The new chief executive of one of the UK’s leading organic bodies has been revealed. Roger Kerr has taken the reigns (reins) at Shropshire-based Or...
21-02-2014 11:33 AM | Finance, News, Organic
Agricultural accountants concerned over EC organic rules
The European Commission could be taking 'financial risks' over farmers and growers with their new organic proposals, say agricultural accountants. ...
06-02-2014 06:05 AM | Finance, News, Organic
Organic investment fund launched
The investment division of sustainable bank Triodos has launched a new investment fund, investing in leading, privately owned organic food and sustain...
05-02-2014 04:19 AM | Bees and Beekeeping, News, Organic
Organic farms support more species, says research
On average, organic farms support 34% more plant, insect and animal species than conventional farms, say Oxford University scientists. Researchers ...
24-01-2014 07:58 AM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic
End uncertainty for organic producers - NFU
The Welsh Government must end the uncertainty for organic producers in Wales and support the sector in developing viable, profitable markets for Welsh...
EnviTec Biogas Takes On Apprentice
With the renewables energy sector on a growth curve, EnviTec Biogas UK has taken on its first apprentice to support its service delivery for farmers, ...
12-12-2013 11:11 AM | News, Organic, Poultry
Organic predicted to do much better in 2014 as supermarkets report shortages
Organic egg sales could do much better in 2014 if they get the support of major retailers. That is the view of Soil Association trade director Finn Co...
21-11-2013 02:35 AM | News, Organic, Produce
Former champion Tomos returns for young butchers showdown
Former champion Tomos Hopkin returns to action to try and win the Welsh Young Butcher Competition for the fourth time next month. Hopkins, 20, fro...
EnviTec Biogas reports record numbers at Nextgen 2013
Farmers and landowners are becoming increasingly aware of the range of options to produce renewable energy on their sites, according to feedback from ...
15-10-2013 02:22 AM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic, Produce
Soil degradation is 'the biggest potential disaster' facing us all
“The biggest potential disaster that is facing us all is the degradation of our soil. That should be at the core of our thinking," said the Soil Assoc...
07-10-2013 06:40 AM | News, Organic, Renewables
Organic farming contributes to climate change mitigation
The results of a new meta-analysis published in the Science of the Total Environment journal 1reveal that organically farmed lands emit less nitrous o...
27-09-2013 07:27 AM | News, Organic, Produce
Rooftop farms in cities could help ensure future food security
Delegates at an international environment conference were introduced to the concept of urban agriculture in Edinburgh yesterday. The event – organised...
20-09-2013 07:23 AM | News, Organic, Produce
What you can say about benefits when selling organic food
The Soil Association is issuing a new report containing positive statements in support of organic food and farming having sought guidance from the Com...
27-06-2013 11:00 AM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic, Supermarkets
Tesco accused of 'breaking promises' on GM feed
Anti-GM group GM Freeze have accused Tesco of breaking a promise to phase out GM animal feed, thereby 'breaking commitments made in the company's soci...
26-06-2013 12:33 PM | News, Organic, Produce, Supermarkets
Supermarket watchdog powers come into force
The powers of a new independent supermarket watchdog have come into force and has been welcomed as a 'dawn of a new chapter of fairer dealing', accord...
24-06-2013 13:26 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, Finance, News, Organic, Supermarkets
Supermarkets not doing enough for farmers, group says
Supermarkets should do a lot better to support farmers who have been troubled by this year's cold spring coupled with last year's wet seasons, accordi...
GM will revolutionise UK agriculture, says Paterson
GM crops offer a 'wonderful opportunity' to benefit human health as they are a safer alternative to conventional plants, according to the Environment ...
07-05-2013 10:13 AM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, Diversification, News, Organic
Rural planning specialists warn of dramatic changes
European scrutiny of fungicides and pesticides could change the British farming landscape according to a team of rural planning specialists. The Fa...
15-03-2013 10:42 AM | Organic, Cereal, CLA, Crops, Finance, News, NFU, Arable
English farmers at risk, CAP coalition warns government
The largest ever coalition of British farming organisations has today warned the Government that English farmers could be treated unfairly under new C...
21-01-2013 18:36 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic
Hidden viral gene revealed in GMOs
Claims that GM technology is 'predictable and safe' has been shaken by the discovery of viral gene sequences in many GM crops according GM Freeze. ...
21-01-2013 18:10 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, Finance, News, Organic, Supermarkets
Tacon appointed as new supermarket adjudicator
Former Co-operative farms managing director Christine Tacon has been appointed by the government to head the first Groceries Code Adjudicator. The ...
16-01-2013 15:32 PM | News, Organic, Property News
Global organic land area expands threefold
Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hect...
16-01-2013 13:47 PM | News, Organic, Poultry
Organic eggs 'still declining'
Recent statistics indicate that demand for organic eggs is still declining. Figures compiled by Kantar Worldpanel for the 52 week period up to Oct...
04-01-2013 10:41 AM | Poultry, Finance, News, Organic
What does 2013 hold for free range producers?
Britain's biggest free range egg producer has warned that the free range egg sector needs to keep control of bird numbers to prevent supplies of eggs ...
04-01-2013 09:39 AM | News, Organic, Poultry
Eggs could improve health of unborn babies
Mothers could improve the health of their unborn babies by eating eggs during pregnancy, according to new scientific research. A research team in t...
18-12-2012 08:25 AM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic
UK dependent on imported soya 'until we have GM'
Last Friday UK May futures closed at £227.50, Monday £225.70, Tuesday £224, Wednesday £223, Thursday £217.75. Wow! A £10/t drop over the week! That is...
10-12-2012 14:00 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic
Paterson backs UK GM crops
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has given his support to genetically modified (GM) food production in the UK. Paterson said GM crops, which ar...
04-12-2012 14:02 PM | Finance, News, Organic, Produce, Supermarkets
Supermarket adjudicator granted powers to fine retailers
Powers to fine retailers who unfairly treat their suppliers will be given to the new supermarket adjudicator, the government announced today. The ...
30-11-2012 18:01 PM | News, Organic, Produce, Supermarkets
Ugly veg rule change means more produce on sale
Over three hundred thousand tonnes of British produce, enough to fill 2,500 Boeing 747-400 freight planes, is estimated to have reached supermarket sh...
EU identifies 'serious defects' in French GM rat study
The European Union's food safety watchdog has identified 'serious defects' in the research undertaken by French scientists who said rats fed on a GM d...
26-11-2012 09:00 AM | News, Organic, Pigs, Produce, Supermarkets
Bacon launches with double award success
A brand new Cornish bacon is launched this week having secured two food industry awards. The ‘Cornish Sweetheart’ streaky bacon, developed by the K...
21-11-2012 11:26 AM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, Finance, News, Organic
Unions take CAP fight to European Parliament
Farming groups are stepping up their fight to ensure the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) allows farmers to compete on a level playing field across th...
15-11-2012 07:42 AM | Finance, News, Organic, Produce, Renewables
Sustainable farming experts call for change
Bold changes are needed to the way food is produced is we are able to continue feeding the world, according to experts at LEAF (Linking Environment an...
12-11-2012 13:51 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic, Produce
EU approval of Roundup 'based on bad science' says study
The EU approval of glyphosate, the main ingredient of the herbicide Roundup, is based on bad science, according to a new peer-reviewed study. The s...
30-10-2012 11:05 AM | News, Organic, Renewables
Sustainable palm oil to be used by 2015
By the end of 2015 all palm oil used in central Government food and catering services will come from environmentally friendly sources, Environment Min...
17-10-2012 16:53 PM | News, Organic, Renewables
European changes to biofuel policies are 'ill-conceived', says NFU
The NFU is calling on the EU to forge joined-up policies that support both the production of food and renewable fuel after the European Commission pro...
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