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United Kingdom | 3 May 2012
Welsh farmer leads anti-GM protest

A West Wales farmer is leading calls against "irresponsible" and "negligent" genetically-modified (GM) crop research which could one day reduce pesticide use on agricultural land. Scientists develo...

United Kingdom | 2 May 2012
Drought responses need to change

A Worcestershire farmer says the country needs to become more responsive and more sophisticated in dealing with changing weather conditions. Stephen Watkins farms about 1,000 acres of arable land a...

United Kingdom | 2 May 2012
Farmer leaves fortune to young woman

When Raymond Spry died aged 74 he deliberately disinherited his son, saying he was "not happy with his attitude towards him" during his lifetime. Instead Mr Spry, from Cornwall, left ever...

United Kingdom | 2 May 2012
Poisonous moths in Pangbourne

People are being warned not to touch an invasive species of moth caterpillar which can cause skin rashes and irritation to eyes and throats. Residents in Pangbourne in Berkshire have been advised not ...

United Kingdom | 2 May 2012
NI farm safety scheme launched

A partnership between government and industry has been established to tackle the issue of fatal farm accidents. Farm accidents account for more than half of all workplace fatalities in Northern Ire...

United Kingdom | 2 May 2012
Scientists in plea to GM protesters

Scientists at a leading agricultural research institute have sent an open letter to anti-GM protesters pleading with them not to destroy "years of work".

United Kingdom | 1 May 2012
Spelman calms Scottish fears over CAP

Last week, NFU Scotland had harsh words of criticism for the UK negotiators on their stance in the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform talks, with the union saying it wanted support to continue to...

United Kingdom | 27 April 2012
Water quality grants could top £10k

Farmers and land managers in some key water supply catchment areas will be able to benefit from an innovative scheme by Scottish Water where grants of up to £10,000 a year can be claimed for actions t...

United Kingdom | 24 April 2012
Threat of animal feed hike as soya soars

Livestock producers could face higher feed prices and squeezed margins in the coming months, the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC), has warned.

United Kingdom | 24 April 2012
South-West farmland prices set to soar

Savers view farmland in the South-West as a good investment as prices are predicted to average £10,000 per acre by 2015. The new figures from estate agent Knight Frank mean farmland will be worth f...

United Kingdom | 23 April 2012
Judge's decision throws badger cull into doubt

The two badger cull trials in the West this summer have been thrown into doubt after a judge ruled the Badger Trust application for a judicial review could go ahead. The decision was welcomed last ...

United Kingdom | 23 April 2012
Farmers losing lambs in cold weather blackouts

Beleaguered sheep farmers in a Yorkshire national park say their flocks are being hit hard by this spring’s cold snap after being left without a reliable electricity source for more than a fortn...

United Kingdom | 20 April 2012
Farmers take drought worries to gov't

Farmers from Norfolk met with government officials on Thursday 19th April to voice their fears about the drought. They’re concerned about the long term impacts it will have on our agriculture.

United Kingdom | 18 April 2012
Highland Trust reveals farming education plans

The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) has outlined how it will play its part in the Scottish Government’s drive to help youngsters learn more about the food on their plate...

United Kingdom | 18 April 2012
Farmland prices to top £10,000 an acre

Rocketing farmland prices are forecast to average £10,000 per acre by 2015 – four times what they were in 1995.

United Kingdom | 17 April 2012
Dairy 2020 plan targets exports

A long-term plan for the UK dairy industry was launched yesterday with farming minister Jim Paice identifying export opportunities as a key element for the sustainability of the sector.

United Kingdom | 17 April 2012
200 jobs face axe at dairy in Fenstanton

More than 200 jobs hang in the balance amid proposals to close a dairy in Fenstanton.

United Kingdom | 17 April 2012
Check hedges for nests before cutting

Gardeners are being urged to check hedges before cutting them to avoid disturbing bird nests and breaking the law.

United Kingdom | 16 April 2012
Price of farmland up 300pc in decade

The price of top quality farmland has risen by 300 per cent over the past 10 years, new figures revealed today.

United Kingdom | 16 April 2012
Farming disaster warning as drought spreads

Most of England is now in drought and the dry spell could last beyond Christmas, the Environment Agency will announce on Monday, as government officials started planning for a long-term water shortage...

United Kingdom | 15 April 2012
Farmer's quest to find spitfires in Burma

The extraordinary plans to dig up the lost squadron were revealed this weekend as David Cameron visits the country.

United Kingdom | 13 April 2012
One in five chickens 'contaminated'

One in five supermarket chickens is contaminated with the food poisoning bacteria campylobacter, an investigation has found.

United Kingdom | 13 April 2012
Profits plummet at Stonegate

Egg producer Stonegate Holdings, a company connected to the reported closure of an egg packing plant near Liskeard, has reported a fall in pre-tax profits of more than £4m in its latest accounts.

United Kingdom | 13 April 2012
'Drought' declaration disputed by water firm

The Westcountry is to be declared a drought zone – despite the region’s water company insisting reservoirs are full enough to meet demand.

United Kingdom | 13 April 2012
Cowbridge protest at cattle market closure

A demonstration is being held to protest about the planned closure of a 200-year-old livestock market in the Vale of Glamorgan.

United Kingdom | 13 April 2012
Guernsey farmer faces Schmallenberg dilemma

A Guernsey sheep farmer says he may have to delay lambing as a precaution against the Schmallenberg virus.

United Kingdom | 13 April 2012
MEP voices fears for industry’s bloodline

ONLY one in 40 farmers in the United Kingdom is under the age of 35 and that low percentage of young people in farming has to change in the future if the industry...

United Kingdom | 12 April 2012
Red tape keeps Scottish rent rises to 15%

A survey of farm rental increases last year throughout England, Scotland and Wales has shown an average rise of 25 per cent, but when only those in Scotland are considered...

United Kingdom | 11 April 2012
Tree technique to protect crops

Farmers in Sleaford are being advised to plant trees to reduce the risk of crops being affected by drought conditions.

United Kingdom | 10 April 2012
Fertiliser ban ‘over-bureaucratic’

Senior Scottish Tory MSP Alex Fergusson has criticised proposals to restrict the use of fertiliser by farmers as "over-bureaucratic" and "unwanted".