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World News: United Kingdom
United Kingdom | 3 August 2015
Dreich weather no help for farmers

Many Scottish farmers are mentally very tired and feeling low and fragile as a result of the appalling weather, low prices and uncertainty about what the future holds. The cold late spring and extr...


United Kingdom | 31 July 2015
Dairy farmers want to meet Cameron on milk price crisis

Northern Ireland farming leaders are seeking direct talks with David Cameron over the crisis forcing family-run dairy farms out of business. A formal request for a face-to-face meeting with the Pri...


United Kingdom | 30 July 2015
Chailey solar farm application rejected

Controversial plans to build a huge solar farm in an East Sussex village have been rejected by councillors. Lewes District Council officers had recommended approval of the scheme to install 20,000 ...


United Kingdom | 30 July 2015
Too much biofuel crops puts human health at risk

Growing too much biofuel crops too close to human settlements may put human health at risk as well as jeopardise food production, a new study has found. According to a team from the University of ...


United Kingdom | 29 July 2015
Funds flow into agriculture as El Nino threatens crops

Funds are flowing back into agricultural commodities for the first time since 2012 as investors look to capitalize on cheap prices, bullish demand and the threat of crop damage from an El Nino weather...


United Kingdom | 28 July 2015
Dairy farmers meet over ‘crisis’ in milk production

A crisis in the local dairy industry has led to the Assembly’s agriculture committee being recalled, an Ulster Unionist MLA has said. Following a meeting of more than 50 dairy farmers in Donacloney...


United Kingdom | 21 July 2015
Alert: ringspot on brassica crops

The small amount of localised rain at the monitoring sites have been sufficient to generate a high risk alert for white blister, as ringspot requires significantly longer levels of leaf wetness, rings...


United Kingdom | 15 July 2015
Chinese seek Brazil's chicken amid US bird flu

China’s ban on poultry imports from the U.S., where flocks have been ravaged by bird flu, could give more Brazilian farmers a foot in the door of the biggest import market, literally. It’s chickens...


United Kingdom | 7 July 2015
Unregulated loans over £25k 'costing farmers'

Financial regulations are out-of-step and have cost some farmers their homes and businesses, a Welsh MP has claimed. While consumer lenders must comply with multiple checks and legislation, busines...


United Kingdom | 24 June 2015
Sturgeon unveils new brand to boost dairy industry

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon launched a distinctive new national stamp of quality aimed at boosting the country’s struggling milk industry on the opening day of the Royal Highland Show yesterday. ...


United Kingdom | 24 June 2015
Women are 'the driving force' in agriculture

Deputy Minister for Farming and Food, Rebecca Evans, is seeking to encourage more women to fulfil their full potential within the male-dominated Welsh agriculture industry. The deputy minister atte...


United Kingdom | 24 June 2015
Abattoir supervisor sentenced for stealing and eating cattle gallstones

An abattoir supervisor who stole and ate cattle gallstones has been given a suspended jail term. Dean Raymond Alfred Eames, 38, pleaded guilty in Toowoomba magistrates court on Tuesday to stealing ...


United Kingdom | 23 June 2015
‘Cows have their own personalities’: tales from the Devon farmers

In any season, but especially in spring and summer, an English country cowshed is a haven of harmless contentment whose inhabitants – happily ruminating, farting, chewing and pissing – contribute to a...


United Kingdom | 10 June 2015
Caffe Nero’s milk boycott is misguided

Caffe Nero’s decision to stop stocking milk from dairy farms in badger cull areas has provoked outcry among British farmers. The threat of Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) will always be a worry for cattle fa...


United Kingdom | 8 June 2015
Rabbits are a nightmare for farmers

Sanquhar is currently suffering a plague of rabbits, and in common with others, the pests are attacking my garden. Sadly, instead of confining themselves to grazing the lawns, they nibble many of t...


United Kingdom | 5 June 2015
Dairy price plunge highlights hedging handicap

Europe’s producers are feeling particular pain, with wholesale prices now below the cost of production for many farmers. “It’s a big issue at the moment,” says Richard Potts, European policy adviser f...


United Kingdom | 4 June 2015
How modern crops can ensure food security in a heatwave

India’s heatwave again highlights just how seriously extreme weather conditions threaten our ability to put sufficient nutritious food on all our plates. Headlines have focused on the human deaths – a...


United Kingdom | 3 June 2015
Caffe Nero badger farm milk threats 'unacceptable'

Threats to a coffee shop chain for using cows milk from farms in the badger cull zone is unacceptable, the government has said. Caffe Nero said it would stop using milk from farms in Somerset and G...


United Kingdom | 15 May 2015
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill to visit China

The agriculture minister is to return to China next month as attempts to access markets there continue. Michelle O'Neill hosted a departmental breakfast at the Balmoral Show on Thursday morning. ...


United Kingdom | 12 May 2015
Farmer baffled by sheep mutilation

A five-month-old lamb belonging to Roberta McMullan was found dead in a field at Battleford Road on Saturday. Police said a number of animals there had their right ears cut off. This is the seco...


United Kingdom | 8 May 2015
Agriculture outlook provides bright spot for Glencore

Glencore investors disappointed by the company’s quarterly production report released this week — especially in metals — might want to look at agriculture for some better news. Glencore’s update on...


United Kingdom | 29 April 2015
'Farmers who commit suicide are cowards, criminals'

In the middle of rising concerns over farmer suicides across the country, Haryana Agriculture Minister OP Dhankar has been accused of displaying egregious insensitivity with his comment that "farmers ...


United Kingdom | 9 April 2015
Tory HQ drafts mass mailouts to target farmers

The Conservative party has issued its candidates with model letters to target demographic groups including farmers, veterans and “women”, suggesting blanket messages designed to entice them to vote To...


United Kingdom | 3 April 2015
John Innes Centre purchases crop trials farm at Bawburgh

The John Innes Centre (JIC), based at Norwich Research Park, has used Church Farm at Bawburgh for more than 17 years to carry out research into improving yields and combatting diseases in cereals. ...


United Kingdom | 2 April 2015
Shropshire tax expert backs farming tax changes

Increased flexibility which allows farmers to average their profits over five years for tax purposes instead of two have been applauded by one of Shropshire’s leading rural tax specialists. Gary Pries...


United Kingdom | 2 April 2015
Scottish government to appoint independent advisor for tenant farming

The short term role will be created as an interim measure until legislation can be brought forward to establish a Tenant Farming Commissioner with statutory powers - one of the main recommendations of...


United Kingdom | 20 March 2015
Herding cattle? There's an app for that

Shoreditch tech whizzes could not be further removed from the world of agriculture. But a small group of young programmers has dedicated their skills to helping farmers manage their livestock better. ...


United Kingdom | 19 March 2015
Hill farmers in Wales face bills for forest fencing

Hill farmers in Wales could be forced to foot the bill for repairing hundreds of miles of forestry fences. Natural Resources Wales (NRW) is phasing out its “hill farming agreement” in parts of the ...


United Kingdom | 18 March 2015
Common land farmers set for payout after legal challenge

Many farmers who graze common land in England could be eligible for backdated payments totalling millions of pounds. The development follows a legal challenge from farmers with rights over common l...


United Kingdom | 11 March 2015
Dyslexic farmers' plight highlighted

A campaign to highlight the prevalence of dyslexia in the farming industry is being taken to MSPs in Holyrood. They will be told the condition affects up to 25% of people working in agriculture, co...