11:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014
4:30pm Monday 29th September 2014
Emergency use of the crop protection product Insyst has been authorised to protect winter oilseed rape from further damage by cabbage stem flea beetle following growing pressure from farmers who have seen significant damage to their crops.
3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014
7:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014
The Rural Payments Agency has announced a package of measures to help farmers get online for the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) including the launch of regional digital support centres offering appointments for one to one sessions for those most in need.
1:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014
8:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014
Britain’s latest apple sensation has gone on sale - a spectacular new yellow and orange skinned variety with pink flesh. The variety called Surprize, is very sweet and aromatic and has been grown in Herefordshire.
9:00am Sunday 21st September 2014
The days are shortening, harvest and autumn sowing is mostly done, so now is the time to turn your attention to the winter and your stock. You must ask yourself how you intend to help them come through it, says Charlie Maclaren, board member of The National Beef Association (NBA).
2:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014
The European Commission in Brussels has published its proposed package for revised legislation for veterinary medicines and medicated feed. The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) welcomes its publication. It fully supports the Commission’s aim of improving the availability of veterinary medicines throughout Europe.
9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014
6:00am Friday 19th September 2014
Efforts to secure a more promising future for hen harriers in England moved a little closer this week as an e- petition calling for Defra to publish its Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan achieved more than 10,000 signatures. This means that Defra is now obliged to respond in writing about their response.
9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014
Agricultural businesses are being invited to hear the latest updates following the first approval in Cornwall for a residential barn conversion under permitted development rights at a joint seminar to be held on Thursday, October 2 in St Austell.
10:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014
7:00pm Monday 15th September 2014
3:00pm Monday 15th September 2014
The Prince's Countryside Fund provides funding towards projects operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that clearly contribute towards one or more of The Prince’s Countryside Fund's objectives. It is now open for applications but be quick because applications need to be in by October 23 2014 We want our funding to have a long-term positive effect on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside, by tackling key rural issues.
12:02pm Thursday 11th September 2014
12:03pm Tuesday 9th September 2014
12:50am Saturday 6th September 2014
9:07am Friday 5th September 2014
8:00am Thursday 4th September 2014
The new code of practice on Sky Lanterns doesn’t go far enough, say event organisers who are calling for a national ban. The National Outdoor Events Association has already branded Sky Lanterns as dangerous to the public, livestock and buildings.
4:17pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
6:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Cutting edge practical information, plenty of content from producers working in the field and interactive sessions to ensure delegates get their views across. That is the promise from organisers of the 2014 Sheep Health and Welfare Conference, designed for people running sheep enterprises of all sizes, large and small, on Wednesday 26th November at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordshire.
12:02am Wednesday 3rd September 2014
7:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014
For the first time this year’s Somerset Honey Show will be held at Long Sutton Village Hall near Langport on Saturday, September 20. The historic show, which dates back to 1885, will attract beekeepers from all over the county competing in 52 classes for the best honey, hive products and honey cookery.
8:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014
The NFU has commented on the Trading Standards Institute's new code of practice for sky lanterns and is calling for total ban. The code offers guidance for those designing, manufacturing, distributing, retailing or using sky lanterns -which have been the subject of sustained NFU lobbying because of the risks they pose, both to crops and livestock
1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014
Network Rail is reminding farmers and farmworkers of the importance of level crossings safety as they gather their crops this harvest. There are hundreds of user-worked crossings on farmland in Britain, which see a marked increase in traffic during the harvest season. Figures collated over the past ten years reveal that the number of collisions and near misses at these types of crossings also sharply increases over the harvest months.
2:50pm Friday 29th August 2014
1:20pm Friday 29th August 2014
Scientists at the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with farming groups and wildlife charities, are investigating the presence of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Cheshire wildlife by testing badgers that have been involved in road collisions.
Introduction of water voles to Cornwall sees them return to the every county in England for the first time since 1989.
12:08pm Thursday 28th August 2014
Wildlife experts at the Environment Agency have confirmed that water voles have returned to every county in England, following the final release of 60 captive bred voles within the Bude river catchment in Cornwall.
11:22am Thursday 28th August 2014
1:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014
A recent trial undertaken at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) revealed how limiting badger access to mineral licks, blocks and tubs with an innovative feeder design will improve on-farm biosecurity.
8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014
Animal experts are calling for better health surveillance of wild species to help stop the spread of diseases. Monitoring the health of animals living freely in the wild is crucial for managing infections that can pass into domestic animal and human populations, they say. It is also important for conserving threatened species and maintaining wildlife diversity.
8:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014
4:00pm Monday 25th August 2014
Scientists from Scotland’s Rural College are inviting farmers’ help for a GB wide dung sample survey investigating the prevalence of E. coli O157 infection amongst cattle destined for the food chain. The survey, to be carried out by SRUC and ADAS, is part of a much larger study, funded by the Food Standards Agency and led by the University of Edinburgh.
12:00pm Monday 25th August 2014
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has published a new code of practice for sky lanterns aimed at and developed by industry. The code was the outcome of discussions between Government and industry hosted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
12:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014
2:00pm Monday 18th August 2014
More information has been published for farmers about the new Common Agricultural Policy rules. Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced further details of what the new CAP greening rules will mean for English farmers, whilst calling on the EU to provide urgent clarity on the outstanding issues and review the three crop rule.
1:00pm Monday 18th August 2014
The Soil Association is delighted to announce that the deadline for their Innovation Awards has been extended until Tuesday August 26. Now in their second year, the awards showcase the most innovative approaches to sustainable, low-impact farming and growing.
2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014
Vodafone UK has launched a national programme giving up to 100 rural communities across the UK the opportunity to apply for mobile access. Vodafone is calling for communities to work together, in partnership with their local MP, to apply for the installation of Vodafone’s innovative Open Sure Signal technology in their villages
7:00am Thursday 14th August 2014
The chief executive of Farm Stay says that the company’s new website will boost tourism and deliver many benefits for the rural economy. Andy Woodward said a huge emphasis has been placed on suggesting local activities and nearby tourist attractions for guests to encourage them to use farm accommodation as their gateway to the countryside.
7:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014
A new National Rural Crime Network, endorsed by eighteen of the UK’s Police and Crime Commissioners, including Devon and Cornwall’s Tony Hogg, has been set-up to help tackle rural crime more effectively in England and Wales.
10:00am Monday 11th August 2014
2:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014
An economically viable countryside needs a policy agenda which will encourage business development, increase food production and recognise the cost of maintaining a well managed environment; those were the key messages CLA President Henry Robinson delivered to DEFRA Secretary of State, Liz Truss at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire on Sunday.
6:00am Friday 8th August 2014
Burges Salmon has advised Co-operative Group on the sale of its Farms business. The sale reflects The Co-operative’s decision to focus on its core Retail and Consumer Services divisions, including Food, Funeralcare, General Insurance and Legal Services. The net proceeds of the Farms sale will be used to further reduce The Co-operative’s debt and invest in its core businesses.
11:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014
The communications and knowledge transfer team at Potato Council has a new team leader, Dr Philip Burgess, who brings a breadth of technical, scientific and commercial expertise gained from a career dedicated to potatoes.
11:00am Monday 4th August 2014
8:00am Monday 28th July 2014
Richard Benyon, who was awarded the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s prestigious 2013 Cotswold Grey Partridge Trophy for the miles of wildlife habitats that he has created for this rare bird, recently passed on the baton to the latest winner of this coveted prize.
7:00am Sunday 27th July 2014
Frogmary Green Farm has become the latest farm to join LEAF’s nationwide network of LEAF Demonstration Farms. It joins over 40 other farms across the country set up to showcase the very best of sustainable farming practices.
7:00am Saturday 26th July 2014
'Square Meal: why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health' is a new report published by The Food Research Collaboration, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the National Trust, the Food Ethics Council, Sustain, the Wildlife Trusts, the Soil Association, Eating Better and Compassion in World Farming.
3:00pm Friday 25th July 2014
A framework for replacement, reduction and refinement needs to be established for the responsible use of antimicrobials along the food supply chain. This is one of the main findings put forward by a top-level roundtable, 'Antimicrobials – Who Needs Them', chaired by the sustainable farming research and development business, the Food Animal Initiative, and pharmaceutical company, Ceva.