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United Kingdom | 6 November 2013
The world's insatiable hunger for phosphorus

Is it the biggest looming crisis that you have never heard of? Since 1945, the world's population has tripled to seven billion, and feeding that population has relied increasingly on artificial fer...


United Kingdom | 6 November 2013
Grow more beef and lamb, farmers urged

British beef and sheep producers need to increase production or risk losing out on the growing opportunities being opened up to them on the global export market. That was the view of Jean-Pierre Ga...


United Kingdom | 5 November 2013
Initiative aimed at helping Scots farmers launched

A major new initiative aimed at helping farmers across Scotland improve productivity and increase uptake of new technologies and production methods was launched yesterday. “Planning for Profit, a j...


United Kingdom | 5 November 2013
Fears for Scottish salmon farming after China targets missed

The Scottish salmon farming industry is struggling to meet a controversial target to rapidly increase production to help feed China's growing appetite for fresh and smoked salmon. The Guardian has ...


United Kingdom | 4 November 2013
‘Scotland a danger to CAP share’ - Byrne

A successful CAP implementation agreement plan is now vital for Northern Ireland Agriculture, the SDLP’s spokesperson for agriculture, Joe Byrne has said. He continued: “The CAP headline figures ha...


United Kingdom | 4 November 2013
Spanish slugs on way to eat crops

Entomologist and gardener Dr Ian Bedford warns Hannah Stephenson that we must be vigilant now if we want to stop the invasion of Spanish slugs changing the face of British gardens forever. Imagine ...


United Kingdom | 1 November 2013
Fire destroys farmer's dairy building and 3,000 litres of milk

A farmer has been left “devastated” after an electrical fault sparked a blaze which destroyed his dairy building and 3,000 litres of milk. By the time that Merfyn Roberts got to his farmyard at Hen...


United Kingdom | 1 November 2013
Powys 'mega dairy' plan gets go-ahead after public inquiry

A farmer's plan to build a 1,000-cow dairy next to a school has been given the go-ahead despite the public inquiry inspector saying it should be refused. Planning Minister Carl Sargeant said the ec...


United Kingdom | 1 November 2013
Badger gassing bid lands dairy farmers with fines

A father and son have been fined after pleading guilty to blocking badger setts on their farm and piping car exhaust fumes into the soil to gas to death the animals inside. David Bown, 67, of Batco...


United Kingdom | 31 October 2013
Sheep worth £40k stolen from four Perthshire farms

The Tayside Division of Police Scotland today appealed for information about four incidents of sheep rustling in Perthshire in the last two months in which more than £40,000 of livestock has been stol...


United Kingdom | 31 October 2013
Healthy Livestock Project saves farmers millions

A three-year initiative to cut disease in cattle in the South West has saved farmers more than £16m a year, project leaders have said. The Healthy Livestock Project offered more than 8,000 farmers ...


United Kingdom | 25 October 2013
Bishop Burton College to move agricultural campus

A £13.5m new agricultural college looks set to be built at the Lincolnshire Showground, just north of the city. Bishop Burton College currently runs courses from the campus at Riseholme but its lea...


United Kingdom | 24 October 2013
Farmers unite to call for greater funding to preserve landscapes

Two Yorkshire farmers have joined 26 counterparts from other parts of the country at Westminster to lobby MPs for extra funding to be dedicated to protecting threatened species, landscapes and heritag...


United Kingdom | 23 October 2013
Cheshire farmers in bovine TB crackdown call

Farmers are calling for tougher regulations to stop bovine TB spreading into less infected areas in the north of England. Tightening testing and loopholes in the law while constraining illegal cat...


United Kingdom | 22 October 2013
Seventy sheep rescued from flooded farmland in Buckton

Seventy sheep have been rescued from flooded farmland in Herefordshire. The sheep, in Buckton, were rescued within half an hour after the fire service was alerted at about 15:40 BST, the fire servi...


United Kingdom | 22 October 2013
Cheshire farmers in bovine TB crackdown call

Farmers are calling for tougher regulations to stop bovine TB spreading into less infected areas in the north of England. Tightening testing and loopholes in the law while constraining illegal catt...


United Kingdom | 18 October 2013
GM agriculture is not the answer to seed diversity – it's part of the problem

For thousands of years, farmers across the globe have skilfully observed, saved and bred a wealth of seed diversity, cultivating ever more crop varieties to deal with the challenges of farming. Th...


United Kingdom | 18 October 2013
Farmers looking for additional revenue sources leads to end of year wind-turbine rush

A dramatic fall in income, coupled with rising energy costs, has led to increasing numbers of farmers turning to wind turbines as an additional source of revenue ahead of looming energy regulator dead...


United Kingdom | 16 October 2013
Robert Wiseman dairy fire in Droitwich: Engineer injured

A large electrical fire has closed a dairy in Worcestershire. At its height, 60 firefighters tackled the blaze at Robert Wiseman Dairies in Hampton Lovett near Droitwich on Monday evening. An engin...


United Kingdom | 16 October 2013
Agricultural firm fined £10k over hazardous chemicals

A Lincolnshire agricultural machinery manufacturer has been fined £10,000 after employees were put at risk of developing asthma through the spraying of a hazardous chemical. Grantham Magistrates’ C...


United Kingdom | 16 October 2013
Snow-hit Manx farmers could take four years to recover

A farmer who lost more than 40% of his flock during March's heavy snow in the Isle of Man has said it could take four years to fully recover. According to the National Farmers Union about 17,000 an...


United Kingdom | 14 October 2013
Owen Paterson: ‘Animal groups are condemning badgers to a long, unpleasant death... It is shameful’

He is a pro-fox hunting, anti-gay marriage, climate change sceptic who really doesn’t like the European Union. So it is strange to be sitting opposite the combative right-wing Tory Environment Secreta...


United Kingdom | 11 October 2013
Farmers reap bumper harvest after sun shines on Scotland's crops

Farmers are reporting a bumper year for crops thanks to this year’s fine summer weather, with yields of some cereals up by 15 per cent on last year. Nearly three million tonnes of cereal and oilsee...


United Kingdom | 11 October 2013
Southfield Farm near Louth investigated over 'stench'

A cattle farm in Lincolnshire is being investigated over complaints of an "overpowering stench". Southfield Farm in Louth is home to almost 3,000 cattle but residents say the smell makes them feel ...


United Kingdom | 11 October 2013
Gassing badgers may stop cattle TB, admits minister

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said it was being considered after 300,000 “otherwise healthy cattle” had been slaughtered because of TB in the last 10 years. Mr Paterson, who this week said ba...


United Kingdom | 10 October 2013
Census shows farmers hit hard by harsh weather

Harsh weather last winter hit Scotland's farmers hard, official statistics have revealed. Fewer winter crops, such as wheat, potatoes and oilseed rape, were planted and there was also a fall in liv...


United Kingdom | 4 October 2013
Bees' foraging for flowers 'hampered by diesel exhaust'

Honeybees' ability to find flowers could be hampered by a chemical in diesel exhaust, say scientists. Tests showed that exhaust degraded some floral scent chemicals the bees "home in on" when they ...


United Kingdom | 4 October 2013
Police seize 700 sheep in cross-border crime crackdown

Almost 700 sheep have been seized by police and Department of Agriculture officials in County Fermanagh. Police have said the 670 animals were seized in the Bellanaleck and Derrylin area on Tuesday...


United Kingdom | 4 October 2013
Suffolk farmer Eric Moss fined over illegal meat sales

A farmer who unlawfully slaughtered cattle and sold meat illegally across Suffolk has been fined £15,000 and will have £83,000 seized by prosecutors. Eric Moss, 71, of Botany Farm, Farnham, pleaded...


United Kingdom | 3 October 2013
Call for ‘revolution’ on land use

If Scotland is to fully benefit from its land then there is a need to cast aside the old set of values with closed thinking and be more creative in future. That is the message that will be given ou...