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United Kingdom | 13 June 2014
GM crops in England next year

Anti-GM campaigners reacted with fury last night after the Government backed an EU vote that could lead to weedkiller-resistant maize being sowed in England next year. Other European countries can ...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2014
Powys 'mega dairy' judicial review dismissed

An animal charity has lost its challenge to a planned 1,000-cow dairy in Powys in the High Court. The case over the planning decision for the dairy owned by Fraser Jones at Leighton, near Welshpool...


United Kingdom | 13 June 2014
Unlocking the power of women farmers

Women are the backbone of the rural economy in developing countries and are responsible for 60-80% of food production. They also tend to be the most knowledgeable about crop varieties. However, the...


United Kingdom | 12 June 2014
Relief for farmers as food crops included in payments criteria

Details of how farmers will continue to qualify for subsidy payments for so-called ‘greening’ measures have been greeted with relief by the industry for taking less land out of food production than fe...


United Kingdom | 12 June 2014
Changes to EU subsidies 'will support Scottish farmers'

A package of changes to the Common Agricultural Policy will support Scottish farmers and improve the way EU payments are distributed, according to the Scottish government. They include the removal ...


United Kingdom | 10 June 2014
Somerset farmers say beef industry faces crisis

Farmers, butchers and NFU are meeting in Somerset today to discuss what they claim is a crisis facing the beef industry. Stuart Clatworthy, beef farmer, says "We've taken a 25% cut in prices, which...


United Kingdom | 10 June 2014
Summit to protect Durham's farmland

A summit aimed at stopping vital natural resources being lost into rivers and streams will be held next week (Wednesday, June 18). The Environment Agency and the Wear Rivers Trust are worried soil,...


United Kingdom | 9 June 2014
Dunloy slurry death: Robert Christie 'gentle wee character'

The eight-year-old boy who died in a slurry tank accident at a County Antrim farm was "a gentle natured wee fella", his school principal has said. Robert Christie was overcome by slurry gases on Sa...


United Kingdom | 5 June 2014
Price of beef could soar as farmers quit

The roast beef of old England – the meat on which the nation has dined for centuries – could soon be priced out of the reach of the average consumer, a leading butcher has warned. As beef farmers s...


United Kingdom | 4 June 2014
U.S. dairy farmers threaten to oppose Pacific trade deal

U.S. dairy farmers and milk processors on Wednesday threatened to oppose a Pacific trade deal if Japan and Canada do not agree to accept substantially more dairy imports. In a letter to the U.S. Tr...


United Kingdom | 4 June 2014
Farmers on the Somerset Levels encouraged to apply for grants

Farmers affected by flooding on the Somerset Levels are being urged to apply for government grants to restore their land before the £10m Government fund closes on June 27. Ian Bell, director of the...


United Kingdom | 4 June 2014
Aldi’s MGM deal a ‘huge boost’ to poultry sector

Premium free-range and locally produced Scottish whole chickens will shortly be available to buy from the shelves of discount supermarket chain Aldi. In a deal worth more than £400,000 a year, thre...


United Kingdom | 2 June 2014
Scottish independence: Scots farmers voice concern

Fears independence could harm Scottish farmers’ ability to sell in supermarkets south of the Border have been raised following claims their produce would no longer be branded British. The prospect ...


United Kingdom | 30 May 2014
24,000 chicks die in poultry shed fire at Marford

Twenty four thousand chicks have perished in a fire at a poultry shed near Wrexham, says the fire service. A man also suffered burns to his face and arms in the blaze at Marford and was taken to ho...


United Kingdom | 30 May 2014
The hi-tech future of the dairy sector

The world's largest fresh milk dairy was opened by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson yesterday. European co-operative Arla has invested £150 million in the plant at Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. ...


United Kingdom | 29 May 2014
Corporate stranglehold of farmland a risk to world food security, study says

The world's food supplies are at risk because farmland is becoming rapidly concentrated in the hands of wealthy elites and corporations, a study has found. Small farmers, the UN says, grow 70% of t...


United Kingdom | 26 May 2014
High demand for Ayrshire farmland

The average price achieved for good ploughable farmland in Ayrshire was £4000 per acre, figures from one rural sales company have revealed. Specialists in rural sales and land management, CKD Galbr...


United Kingdom | 22 May 2014
Somerset Levels dredged silt to be stored on farmland

Large amounts of silt dredged from the rivers Parrett and Tone are set to be stored on farmland on the Somerset Levels if planning consent is obtained. The Environment Agency has put in three appli...


United Kingdom | 22 May 2014
More beef farmers quit as the price plunges

The NFU has warned that what it calls “opportunism and short-term thinking” from some in the meat trade over the recent dramatic fall in farm gate beef prices will damage the long-term relationships p...


United Kingdom | 22 May 2014
Botulism outbreak kills cattle at Carmarthenshire farm

More than 150 cows have died following an outbreak of botulism on a farm in Carmarthenshire. It is believed the disease came from the carcass of a rotting animal in the grass silage the cattle at C...


United Kingdom | 16 May 2014
150,000 litres of fuel leak into Marlborough farmland as thieves target pipeline

Up to 150,000 litres of fuel leaked into farmland in Marlborough after thieves drilled through a major Esso pipeline. The attack on the pipeline running through the estate of the late multi-million...


United Kingdom | 15 May 2014
Dorset farmer sells dairy herd as milk prices returns 'not worth the effort'

There has been a dairy herd at North Mead Farm for 54 years, averaging about 50 head – but it now numbers just 16 cows, as ill health and unrealistic prices are forcing Helen Webb to sell up. Milk ...


United Kingdom | 14 May 2014
Government to slash subsidies for large scale solar farms

The government has unveiled proposals to limit the subsidies paid to large solar farms from next April. Owners of installations bigger than 5 megawatts (MW) will have to compete with other renewabl...


United Kingdom | 13 May 2014
Oklahoma wheat harvest suffering from drought, late freeze

Monday's rain is welcome for farmers, but is too little, too late for Oklahoma's wheat crop. This year's crop is expected to be one of the worst produced in our state in decades. With wheat having ...


United Kingdom | 13 May 2014
Scottish dairy reveals plans to expand south of border

Scotland's largest independent dairy company Graham’s The Family Dairy is set for further expansion south of the border thanks to a £20m cash boost. Sales at the 75-year-old Bridge of Allan-based f...


United Kingdom | 12 May 2014
Graham's The Family Dairy secures funding for expansion

A Scottish dairy firm has announced plans to expand after securing £20m in funding support from Royal Bank of Scotland. Graham's The Family Dairy, which is based in Bridge of Allan near Stirling, w...


United Kingdom | 9 May 2014
Aberystwyth Farmers’ Market named best in UK

The twice-monthly market beat much bigger city rivals, including East London’s Brockley Market and St George’s Market in Belfast. Its wares include delicacies such as stinging nettle cheese, beetro...


United Kingdom | 9 May 2014
Campaign over 'consistency' of cattle weight for beef finishers

NFU Scotland is to work with the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) to ensure beef finishers receive clear and consistent messages on the weight and specification of cattle that are neede...


United Kingdom | 8 May 2014
Plans for 255 Teignmouth farmland houses deferred

Plans to build 255 homes on the outskirts of a Devon town have been put on hold after objections by residents. Teignbridge District Council's Planning Committee deferred the plans for a report on a...


United Kingdom | 8 May 2014
Aberystwyth Farmers' Market crowned UK best

A farmers' market in mid Wales has been crowned the UK's best, beating rivals from London and Belfast. Aberystwyth came top in the best food market category in the BBC Radio 4 Food and Farming Awar...