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United Kingdom | 12 July 2013
Driver dies in livestock lorry crash

The driver of a lorry carrying livestock has died after a crash in Co Londonderry. The smash happened on the Mayogall Road in Magherafelt on Thursday morning.


United Kingdom | 12 July 2013
Shropshire farmer, 74, killed by falling hay bales

A Shropshire farmer has been killed after being crushed under falling bales of hay. Tributes have been paid to Bill Dunn, who was working on his farm at Little Woodhouse in Hopton Wafers, near Cleo...


United Kingdom | 12 July 2013
Council criticised after taking farmer to court over loud chickens

Anthony Block, 52, laughed when Braintree District Council first informed him he had to appear in court over his free range chicken farm near Finchingfield, Essex. Mr Block was accused of breaching...


United Kingdom | 11 July 2013
Water shortages for farmers ‘will make Britain dependent on imported crops’

Farmers face a severe water shortage that could put a considerable extra strain on the nation’s resources and make Britain increasingly reliant on imported crops, a government committee warns. Glob...


United Kingdom | 11 July 2013
Farming 'needs image change to boost recruitment'

Public perceptions of farming in England must change if the industry is to attract newcomers, a report says. The "pastoral" image of farming as low-skilled and physically demanding is outdated, the...


United Kingdom | 5 July 2013
Paterson talking 'nonsense' about GM crops, claims Zac Goldsmith

Mr Paterson argued last month that GM crops would improve human health and the environment. He also claimed that had the deployment of “golden rice” - a strain of the food that boosts vitamin A lev...


United Kingdom | 5 July 2013
UK farming subsidies shortchange the public, study says

UK farming subsidies are shortchanging the public that pay them by billions of pounds a year in lost environmental and social benefits, according to a major new study. But reforming the system to ensu...


United Kingdom | 28 June 2013
EU agri-food deal 'curate's egg' for Northern Ireland farmers

The completion of the combined Common Agricultural Policy Reform and Budget deal in Europe will directly affect farm incomes in Northern Ireland up to 2020. Local farmers have known for some time t...


United Kingdom | 28 June 2013
Nick Clegg calls for caution on GM crops

Nick Clegg has said he does not knowingly give his children GM food. Despite a lack of evidence of any effect on human health from eating food containing GM ingredients, the deputy prime minister c...


United Kingdom | 24 June 2013
Rising beef prices turn meat-eaters on to Quorn

Kevin Brennan said he expects the proportion of non-vegetarians to rise to two-thirds within the next ten years because of health concerns and "dramatic" price rises for beef. "In the UK there are ...


United Kingdom | 20 June 2013
After Schmallenberg and Bluetongue, expert warns of new diseases

Britain faces a wave of deadly new animal and plant diseases that threaten to wipe out crops and livestock as a direct result of global warming, the World Bank's top agricultural expert has warned. ...


United Kingdom | 20 June 2013
GM farming 'would save countryside' says minister

Britain should lead the way in producing genetically modified food because it would lower prices and free up the countryside, Owen Paterson will argue today. The Environment Secretary, a longstandi...


United Kingdom | 19 June 2013
Britain should reap the rewards of GM crops

In an era of plenty, we risk forgetting the importance of the harvest. Once, its failure would have been devastating, ushering in a period of penury and hardship. Yet today, with our supermarket s...


United Kingdom | 19 June 2013
Badger cull a PR disaster for UK countryside

A growing number of farmers are now questioning the nature of the cull and its effectiveness. And some are blaming poor biosecurity and intensive farming for the spread of TB in the UK cattle herd. An...


United Kingdom | 18 June 2013
Tractor theft leads farmer to spend £10,000 on security

A Suffolk farmer has spent £10,000 on security because of fears "organised criminals" are targeting his business. Thieves took Colin Clifton-Brown's tractor from his farm near Haverhill. It was lat...


United Kingdom | 14 June 2013
Careless farming could cost us benefits of GM crops

Resistance is far from futile. Agricultural pests are evolving immunity to the toxins in genetically modified crops that are meant to kill them, according to a global review. That is dismaying, but...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2013
Young and old gather to celebrate sheep farming

From fleece competitions to sheepdog sales and hundreds of woolly wonders... anything and everything to do with sheep was on show at Moortown Barton, Knowstone, near South Molton yesterday. Sheep S...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2013
Farmers fail to feed nation after extreme weather hits wheat crop

The wettest autumn since records began, followed by the coldest spring in 50 years, has devastated British wheat, forcing food manufacturers to import nearly 2.5m tonnes of the crop. "Normally we e...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2013
Countryside bodies warn dog walkers of cattle danger

Dog walkers have been urged by countryside organisations to take care around cattle. The warning follows the death of 65 year-old dog walker Mike Porter last month. He was trampled by a herd of cow...


United Kingdom | 12 June 2013
Is the rise in antibiotic use on farms a threat to humans?

The use of some of the most potent antibiotics available has surged among British farmers in the last decade, stoking fears that the burgeoning number of factory farms could greatly increase the risk ...


United Kingdom | 11 June 2013
Ease curbs on GM food, says Willetts

Controls on ‘Frankenstein Food’ crops should be slimmed down to clear the way for commercial cultivation, according to Britain’s science minister. David Willetts, who has been heavily lobbied by GM...


United Kingdom | 10 June 2013
Warning to ramblers about aggressive foreign cattle

The imported cattle have already been held responsible for a number of attacks on herdsman, including Lawrence Haygarth, who suffered 17 broken ribs and severe organ damage after being attacked by a B...


United Kingdom | 10 June 2013
More concerns raised in dairy sector

More concerns are being raised about the uneven debt burden in the dairy sector. The issue's being highlighted in a Ministry of Primary industries outlook report.


United Kingdom | 6 June 2013
It's time we challenged agricultural hegemony

The dam is beginning to crack, faster than I would have believed possible. Britain, one of the world's most zoophobic nations, is at last considering the return of some of its extinct and charismatic ...


United Kingdom | 6 June 2013
Land ownership ‘obsession’ is stalling best use progress

An ‘obsession’ with who owns the land rather than the best use of it halts progress, Buccleuch Estates’ boss told a seminar in Edinburgh last week. Buccleuch’s chief executive John Glen was speakin...


United Kingdom | 6 June 2013
Less than one in 100 are farmers, census shows

A report from the Office for National Statistics analysing censuses from 1841 to 2011 found that the proportion of workers who are in agriculture and fishing in England and Wales fell to 0.9pc - or 20...


United Kingdom | 5 June 2013
Sir James Paice: 'Treasury doesn't understand farming'

There can be few politicians who understand the world of farming better than Conservative Cambridgeshire MP and farmer Sir James Paice. That's why he's played a key role in overseeing agriculture a...


United Kingdom | 5 June 2013
MPs call for transparency on land deals to protect smallholders

MPs on the international development committee have expressed concern about the purchase of large areas of land in poor countries cultivated by smallholder farmers, calling for UK-domiciled companies ...


United Kingdom | 5 June 2013
Work starts on new £5m agriculture base at Stoneleigh Park

Work has started on a a new £5million building which will see Stoneleigh Park transformed into an internationally-renowned centre for agriculture, rural business, science and innovation. LaSalle In...


United Kingdom | 3 June 2013
If GM crops are bad, show us the evidence

It is nearly 20 years since the first GM crops were grown. Some 28 countries cultivate them on a commercial scale, and many hundreds of millions of people now safely eat GM food – directly or indir...