05 March 2015 | Online since 2003



World News: United Kingdom
4 March 2015
Politicians want direct action to ease dairy crisis

MPs from across the political spectrum want more direct action to help fix the short-term problems facing the country’s hard-pressed dairy farmers. The sustainability of milk production is under po...


3 March 2015
150 new jobs as Wrexham's Maelor poultry plant approved

A former cheese processing factory is to be turned into a poultry processing plant, creating 150 jobs. Wrexham councillors have approved plans to transform Marchwiel's Maelor Creamery, which closed...


26 February 2015
Britain must take back powers from Europe to allow GM crops, say MPs

European opposition to genetically modified crops is based on ‘values and politics’ not science, MPs have said as they have called for an overhaul of EU regulation to allow more plants to be grown in ...


25 February 2015
British dairy products may get country of origin labelling

The government is considering introducing compulsory country of origin labelling for British cheese, milk and yoghurt in a bid to help support struggling dairy farmers. Thousands of farmers are lea...


25 February 2015
Opponents of GM crops condemning millions to death

Speaking to farmers, scientists and businesses in Pretoria, South Africa, after a visit to farmers growing GM maize, the former environment secretary said advances in plant sciences could end world hu...


25 February 2015
Farmer's wife died after being trampled by herd of cattle

A farmer's wife died from devastating injuries she suffered when she was trampled by a herd of cattle at a family farm. Mother of six, Lucy O’Connor, 60, died in hospital after the cattle became sp...


23 February 2015
It's time farmers faced the same financial scrutiny

The British countryside is far from green and pleasant at the moment. In February and March our landscape is at its very worst. The weather is unremittingly grey and wet, like a soggy blanket a few...


13 February 2015
Share farming could be way forward for the countryside

Rural partner Kendal-based Oliver Bateman, based at the Kendal office of national of property consultants Carter Jonas, says experienced farmers who are not quite ready to retire, need to come forward...


12 February 2015
Agriculture’s major challenges to be debated at Norfolk Farming Conference

The EDP-backed Norfolk Farming Conference will bring hundreds of farmers to the John Innes Conference Centre at the Norwich Research Park in Colney. Keynote speakers include Defra secretary and Nor...


9 February 2015
Cereal crops that survive flooding created

Researchers have bred a barley variety which is better able to tolerate waterlogging and flooding. Researchers at The University of Nottingham, UK, and colleagues had previously identified the mec...


6 February 2015
Call for ‘rebranding’ over GM

It is time to “rebrand and relaunch” the genetically modified (GM) tag to synchronise with a world dominated by ethical food production. That was the overriding message from top agricultural and fo...


5 February 2015
Morrisons denies profiting from cut-price milk amid farmers’ complaints

Morrisons said it is making less profit, rather than more, from the sale of cut-price milk as executives from the supermarket joined Asda for a grilling at a Scottish parliamentary inquiry into the da...


5 February 2015
China underlines cautious approach to biotech crops

China will continue to promote research into genetically modified crops while maintaining strict controls on safety of the technology, a top agriculture official said on Tuesday, underscoring Beijing'...


28 January 2015
French farmers use drones to examine their crops

It used to be mostly the military that used small, unpiloted aircraft, called “drones.” The little planes were very costly. But as they have dropped in price more people have begun to use them. Rescue...


26 January 2015
US inspectors to check Scotch beef

US food inspectors are coming to Scotland to ensure Scotch beef is fit to export following a 25-year ban linked to "mad cow disease". The US has imposed BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) relat...


21 January 2015
Is state-of-the-art farming coming to a field near you?

When cornstalks reach their mature height, it’s impossible for farmworkers or tractors to navigate the cornfields to apply nitrogen. To ensure the crop gets the nutrients it needs, farmers often ferti...


20 January 2015
Protection urged for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers need greater protection in the face of sharp falls in the price of milk, MPs have said. Since last summer the dairy industry has been hit by significant falls in milk prices in the fa...


16 January 2015
How rate rigging squeezed UK farmers

Last year six banks were fined a total of $4.3 billion by regulators in the U.S. and Europe for colluding to rig the price of currencies. Such market manipulation profits banks at the expense of pensi...


12 January 2015
SBC could face fight over wind farm move

A legal challenge is likely to be launched if Scottish Borders Council approves a contentious wind farm bid in June. Opposition to the development near historic Hermitage Castle in Liddesdale shows...


8 January 2015
Farmer stays clear of bovine TB for 60 years

A Somerset farmer is celebrating 60 years clear of bovine TB, after all of his cattle passed their most recent test for the disease last month. Chris and Margaret Burnett, who farm near Martock, ke...


28 December 2014
Solar farms in rural areas 'make the heart sink'

Taxpayer subsidies for large-scale solar farms on fields where crops once grew will this week be banned because they are a “blight” on the countryside. Liz Truss, the Environment Secretary, said th...


25 December 2014
Bombshell for dairy farmers supplying Arla

Dairy farmers supplying Arla have been gifted the “worst possible Christmas present” with the news they face another cut to their milk price in January. The European farmers’ cooperative announced ...


23 December 2014
UK's biggest solar farm connects to national grid

The biggest solar farm in the UK, capable of powering 14,000 homes a year, has been connected to the national grid in Oxfordshire. The 46MW Landmead solar farm, in East Hanney near Abingdon, is bu...


22 December 2014
Restrictions lifted on moving poultry in UK after bird flu cull

Restrictions imposed on the movement of poultry after an outbreak of bird flu have been lifted, the government has said. Some 6,000 ducks were culled on a farm at Nafferton, near Driffield, east Yorks...


17 December 2014
Cow researchers find meanings behind moos

Researchers have recorded and analysed the ways cows communicate with their young, to translate the meanings behind the "moos". They identified two distinctly different call sounds that cows make t...


11 December 2014
How HS2 is punishing farmers and holiday-let owners

A group of MPs is fighting for farmers, rural business owners and holiday-let operators whose properties will be demolished to make way for the controversial High Speed 2 rail link, but won't benefit ...


9 December 2014
Peta anti-dairy advert removed after complaints

A sexually suggestive advert by an animal rights group has been removed following complaints it was misogynistic and not family-friendly. The anti-dairy poster by People for the Ethical Treatment o...


4 December 2014
Why killing wolves might not save livestock

In late August, a government sharpshooter in a helicopter hovering above a wooded eastern Washington hillside killed the lead female wolf of the Huckleberry Pack. The aim was to end attacks by the wol...


27 November 2014
Dairy industry 'so desperate' that farmers turn to Samaritans

Dairy farmers are turning to suicide prevention charity the Samaritans because the industry is in a “desperate” state, MPs have heard. The milk price crisis is so profound more than 400 dairy farme...


21 November 2014
Is a ban on GM crops more harmful than growing them?

The EU’s de facto ban on genetically modified (GM) crops may have caused more harm than good, according to the UK’s chief scientist. Sir Mark Walport told MPs on the Science and Technology committe...