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World News: 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...


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...


14 November 2014
Three seek top Scottish farming union post

Three candidates are seeking election to the post of president of the National Farmers Union Scotland. Borders farmer Nigel Miller has reached the end of his term having served in the position for ...


13 November 2014
Five cows die after Nottinghamshire A46 tractor crash

Five cows have been killed in a collision between a tractor and a cattle lorry on a main road. Two animals escaped after the crash, which led to the closure of the A46 at Widmerpool, Nottinghamshir...


6 November 2014
Antibiotic-resistant hospital germ traced to U.K. livestock

A strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals can be traced back to livestock, a new study says. The results highlight the need for strict antibacterial safeguards in the food industry, an...


5 November 2014
MRSA bug linked to livestock is found in hospitals

A University of Edinburgh study has suggested that an MRSA bug in UK hospitals can be traced back to a type of bacteria found in farm animals. Researchers say a drug-resistant bacteria carried by s...


27 October 2014
Fireworks threat to livestock, MLA

Local MLA Robin Swann is calling on the community to help stamp out the threat to livestock from “young, irresponsible thugs throwing fireworks at farm animals during the Halloween period”. The Ass...


17 October 2014
U.S. farmers seen cutting fertiliser use as crop prices slide

U.S. farmers are cutting back on spreading fertiliser this autumn in response to a drop in crop prices to multi-year lows and a delayed harvest, dealers say, warning of a pullback that will be felt fr...


16 October 2014
'I was a good dairy farmer - but I'm not sorry I quit'

After a brief spike in milk prices dairy farmers are again having a difficult time. One of those who got out of the sector wondered if he would regret his decision. But Brindley Hosken believes that t...


10 October 2014
Fracking protesters' banned from Lancashire drill sites

An energy firm has won a court order to stop campaigners trespassing on land near two sites where it plans to drill for shale gas. Manchester High Court granted Cuadrilla and local farmers an exten...


8 October 2014
Dairy firm ‘pressurised council’ over housing plan

Campaigners have criticised Scotland’s leading dairy firm for saying the creation of 450 jobs was dependent on being granted permission to build houses on controversial green belt land. Graham’s th...


3 October 2014
Why are chicken, lamb, pork and beef the 'normal' meats?

Rabbits, goats and horses are familiar animals to those in the UK and the US but rarely appear on a meat-eater's plate. Why is there so much conservatism when it comes to eating particular meats? A...


2 October 2014
What do African farmers want? More manure

An expanding charity initiative is helping African agricultural entrepreneurs one at a time. The Guardian Project Foundation’s initiative: The Shit Starts Here (SSH) works as a pay-it-forward sche...


1 October 2014
Farmland birds hit by habitat degradation in UK

Wildlife populations around the world have more than halved in just four decades in the face of unsustainable human consumption, a report has warned. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish h...


30 September 2014
The government is giving farmers $52m to market their produce

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is to put $52 million toward local and organic farming through farmers markets and organic research. Local farmers are having difficulty marketing...