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World News: 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...


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...


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...


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 ...


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...


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...


30 May 2013
1,000 tonnes of fodder imported to Northern Ireland farms

Almost 1,000 tonnes of fodder has been imported into Northern Ireland to help farmers feed their livestock, after one of the worst spells of weather to hit the industry. On Wednesday, the Agricultu...


30 May 2013
Migrant jobs squeeze alarms UK fruit farmers

Kent apple farmers say loss of seasonal Eastern European pickers will raise prices and bring industry to its knees. The rise of Ukip is having unexpected consequences for Britain's countryside. Far...


29 May 2013
CAP reform delay a ‘threat to EU’s health’

A leading European farming leader warned yesterday that, far from a “health check”, the common agriculture policy (CAP) could need major surgery. Farming leaders warned that if no reform of the CAP...


24 May 2013
For dairy producers, size does matter

With a public sympathy for small family dairy farms, a suggestion was made yesterday that some method of keeping them in business – possibly with financial inducements – should be considered. Ironi...


23 May 2013
Why Britain's barren uplands have farming subsidies to blame

Even before you start reading the devastating State of Nature report, published today, you get an inkling of where the problem lies. It's illustrated in the opening pages with two dramatic photographs...


23 May 2013
Farmers have to pay for disposal of snow killed livestock

Farmers will have to foot some of the bill for disposing of livestock killed during the freak snowstorms earlier this year. Around 10,000 sheep are believed to have perished in snow drifts on the L...


23 May 2013
Farmers 'betrayed' by Welsh government, says industry leaders

Farmers' leaders say members feel "betrayed" by the Welsh government and are calling for more help. The Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) say they hope to have frank discussions with ministers later abo...


22 May 2013
Farmer provides 'life-saving' help to weather-hit farms

A Lincolnshire farmer has set up a scheme to help stricken farms in other parts of the country. Andrew Ward, from Leadenham, set up the Forage Aid Initiative after heavy snow in March left many far...


22 May 2013
Frustration grows over dairy farm housing plan

People living in Ewhurst’s Somersbury Lane are growing increasingly frustrated at what they see as the lack of action to bring an end to the unauthorised use of farm buildings. They are backed by b...


22 May 2013
Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill in ash disease warning

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has emphasised the need to be alert to the threat posed by the tree disease Ash Dieback. Urging people to report any suspect symptoms to her Department, the mi...


21 May 2013
Vaccine for Schmallenberg virus 'available this summer'

A vaccine to protect sheep and cattle from a virus spread by midges has been approved by government vets. The virus, which emerged in the Netherlands and Germany in 2011, can lead to sheep and catt...


21 May 2013
New schmallenberg vaccine given go-ahead

A vaccine targeting the Schmallenberg virus (SBV), which can cause serious deformities in new-born lambs and calves, has been given the go-ahead. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) of the U...


21 May 2013
Legislation may be needed to protect dairy farmers

A voluntary code to protect farmers from cuts to milk prices is the best option, but the industry must adhere to it, according to a report published by the Welsh Affairs Committee. MPs also say the Go...


17 May 2013
Scottish dairy herd free of Schmallenberg virus

So FAR so good but watch out in the future was the message from the NFUS yesterday after it reported no positive samples in a survey as to whether the Schmallenberg virus had entered Scottish dairy fa...


15 May 2013
Call to end milk quota system

MOVES in Brussels that would fund short-term supply problems in the milk sector in Europe were yesterday attacked by both Scottish and English NFUs as only adding to bureaucracy and helping competitor...


14 May 2013
Farming: Unanimity is lacking in EU

THERE was unanimous support for only one issue yesterday at the EU Agricultural Council yesterday and that was a need to have all the main bones of the next common agricultural policy (CAP) settled by...


9 May 2013
Strabane jobs announced by Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill has confirmed that her department will open an office in the County Tyrone town. It will provide a 'one-stop shop' service for farmers to do business transacti...


7 May 2013
Scotland hit with £8m fine from EU

SCOTLAND was yesterday hit with a fine of almost £8 million over a long-running dispute regarding the implementation and regulation of European Union support. The fine relates to inspections carrie...


2 May 2013
Roadshows intended to shape the future of SRDP

IN A separate move yesterday, the Scottish Government announced a series of roadshows intended to shape the future of the Scottish rural development programme (SRDP). The current programme distribu...


30 April 2013
Man dies in County Londonderry farming accident

A 71-year-old man has died in a farming accident in County Londonderry. It is understood the victim, who has been named locally as Benny Foster, was attacked by a bull. The incident happened on ...


30 April 2013
Dairy Partners of Wales tipped as possible buyer for Saputo

Talks are under way with a buyer for a Carmarthenshire cheese factory, which is in danger of closing. It was announced in February that Canadian company Saputo wanted to close its plant at Aberarad...


30 April 2013
Fen Blow phenomenon: Farmers count cost of 'perfect storm'

A weather phenomenon known as the Fen Blow has caused damage to spring crops, farmers in the east have said. Top soil was whipped off fields during high winds in mid-April, reducing visibility and ...


24 April 2013
Adam and the JLS pop star

This week Adam Henson offers some farming advice to JB - Jonathan Benjamin Gill – from the pop group JLS. The 26-year-old singer has decided to farm some animals on his ten acre smallholding in Ke...


19 April 2013
Land 'grabs' expand to Europe as big business blocks entry to farming

Vast tracts of land in Europe are being "grabbed" by large companies, speculators, wealthy foreign buyers and pension funds in a similar way to in developing countries, according to a major new report...