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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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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 ...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...


United Kingdom | 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...