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World News: United Kingdom
17 March 2014
The Welsh dairy farmers who bought 320 buy-to-let properties in Sweden

Their search for a better alternative to a traditional pension took three south Wales farmers to Lithuania, and from there to Sweden. Now they are so certain they have found the key to a reliable, ...


14 March 2014
It's time for GM crops, adviser tells David Cameron

Genetically modified crops could be more nutritious than natural produce, the government’s Chief Scientific Adviser has told the Prime Minister. Sir Mark Walport has written to David Cameron recomm...


12 March 2014
MP in plea over farmland sell-off

An MP has called on the Co-operative Group to ensure its farmland in Stoughton is sold to an agricultural user, not a developer. The Co-op announced last month it is to sell off its 9,000 acres of ...


11 March 2014
Basingstoke market traders criticise farmers' market move

Stall owners in Basingstoke have said they have been forced to stop trading on their most lucrative day to make way for a farmers' market. The council said the current town centre market was "not t...


5 March 2014
Farmers fear milk price war after Tesco slashes price

Dairy farmers fear a price war is about to break out amongst the big four supermarkets after Tesco reduced the price of four pints of milk to £1. Despite assurances that it had no intention of star...


5 March 2014
Concern voiced over loss of high-grade farmland taken for housing

Fears have been voiced over the future of top-quality farmland at Felixstowe as pressure mounts to find sites for nearly 2,000 new homes. Planners say there is not enough brownfield land for the ho...


28 February 2014
Powys 'mega dairy' judicial review date set for June

A High Court judicial review over a Powys farmer's plans to build a 1,000-cow dairy has been set for early summer. An animal welfare charity was given the go-ahead for judges to review the Welsh go...


27 February 2014
Borderway Dairy Expo cements its place as top spring showcase

Exhibitors from around the UK have pushed livestock entries to record numbers for this year’s Borderway UK Dairy Expo, the leading spring showcase and celebration of the dairy sector. Now in its th...


27 February 2014
Co-op Group to sell farms business

The Co-operative Group has announced plans to sell its farms business and is considering a sale of its pharmacy chain as it faces a reported loss of more than £2bn. Britain's biggest mutually owned...


26 February 2014
58% of Britain's best farming land at risk from flooding

The head of National Farmers' Union said a "major rethink" was needed in how flood defence spending was allocated. "We must stop sacrificing our productive farmland to crazy, rampant and thoughtles...


26 February 2014
Maize farmers must take some of the flood blame

The National Farmers' Union doesn't appear to grasp the seriousness of soil structural damage (compaction or squeezing the life out of soil) and its implications for water movement in the environment....


19 February 2014
How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes

It has the force of a parable. Along the road from High Ham to Burrowbridge, which skirts Lake Paterson (formerly known as the Somerset Levels), you can see field after field of harvested maize. In so...


18 February 2014
Scots bid to end slipper farming wins EU support

The Scottish Government’s solution to slipper farming yesterday got the thumbs up from Brussels – and cabinet secretary Richard Lochead also got the backing to take his request to the UK government fo...


18 February 2014
Farming students use Twitter to collect flood aid for Somerset

Farming students have rallied to a call made on social media by one of their graduates to get aid to farmers affected by flooding in Somerset. The Royal Agricultural University students are support...


14 February 2014
UK floods pose threat to animal welfare, farm investment

The immediate threat to British agriculture from floods and storms has put animal welfare in the spotlight, but in the long-term increasingly erratic weather is likely deter investment despite continu...


13 February 2014
UK storms: Aid effort under way for deluged farmers

Farmers have been among those worst hit by the effects of devastating flooding in Somerset. On Tuesday David Cameron announced a £10m fund to support their recovery, but other practical offers of help...


10 February 2014
Action urged for flood-hit farmers

Significant investment is needed to protect farmers living near rivers and coasts from flooding, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) president said. The total flood damage bill across the country h...


7 February 2014
500 cattle evacuated ‘before they drown’ as water levels rise

A farmer launched a major operation to evacuate 500 cattle as water levels surged in flood-hit parts of Somerset. Friends and neighbours rallied around to help James Winslade shift livestock from W...


3 February 2014
National Trust digs deep to attract young farmers

The rain is pelting down and a cold wind whistles off the hills. Snowdon is – apparently – somewhere over there but cloaked today in thick cloud. It is the sort of morning that would persuade even the...


31 January 2014
Ploughable sensors help farmers get more crop per drop

At the end of March several small bundles of electronics will be ploughed into a field in Cheshire, UK. The sensors will measure soil temperature and moisture content, then transmit those measurements...


31 January 2014
Dairy Crest closes in Whitland for second time

A dairy in Carmarthenshire is closing less than a year after it was taken over by a company which closed its site there twenty years earlier. Dairy Crest prompted an outcry when it closed its Whitl...


31 January 2014
Drought forcing local ranchers to sell off cattle

As this year’s extreme drought continues day after day, ranchers are selling off large percentages of their cattle and calculating how long they can hold on before selling their entire herds. The s...


29 January 2014
Common Agricultural Policy destroying environment

For a lapwing, the RSPB’s nature reserve at Vane Farm beside Loch Leven, near Kinross, is a pretty friendly location. There are many places to nest, to feed and to raise youngsters, in the company of ...


29 January 2014
Powys 'mega dairy' plan put on hold by judicial review

A farmer's plan to build a 1,000-cow dairy has been put on hold after an animal welfare group was granted a High Court judicial review. The World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has be...


27 January 2014
Halting cattle movements could prove disaster for forest

A national campaign to halt the spread of bovine TB could change the face of the New Forest by halting the movement of cattle, the Court of Verderers was told. Under proposals drawn up by the Gover...


23 January 2014
Agriculture and nutrition: you are what you sow

The world today faces a complex challenge – improving nutrition for all. Contrary to how malnutrition is often portrayed in western media, it is not a separate problem for the poor (undernutrition) an...


22 January 2014
Signs warn dog owners of killer disease

Signs are to be put up in the New Forest warning dog owners about a mysterious disease that has killed 13 dogs across Britain in recent months. The Forestry Commission notices tell owners to take t...


21 January 2014
Bovine TB tests could halt movement of cattle in New Forest

A national campaign to halt the spread of bovine TB could change the face of the New Forest by halting the movement of cattle. Under proposals drawn up by the Government, animal owners will have to...


17 January 2014
Farmers demand sea eagle curbs

Farmers are seeking curbs on the growing sea eagle population because of their deadly impact on sheep and other wildlife which they fear threatens to get out of control. Representatives from the ­f...


15 January 2014
Farmers in Wales handed new payment system

Farmers will fall into one of three new payment strands as part of a radical change to the financial support they receive to help them produce food. Payments which come from the EU's Common Agricul...