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World News: United Kingdom
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...


United Kingdom | 9 March 2015
Northern dairy farmers issued advice as milk prices slump

The Northern Ireland NI average milk price for January was 22.33p/l, a decrease of 0.46p/l (2.0%) compared with December, according to latest figures from the UK Department of Environment, Farming and...


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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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'...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...