The Scottish Government has been slammed for threatening the livelihoods of farmers after Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing demanded Scotland’s ban on growing genetically modified (GM) crops be retained post-Brexit.
Defra has assembled a working group to design a new seasonal labour scheme as the latest survey on supply showed more than 40 per cent of food and farming businesses have had to bump up their wages to attract workers.
The National Sheep Association (NSA) has said it would be ‘unforgivable’ if Government trade decisions destroyed the UK’s sheep industry after it became clear Australia was pressing for greater access to British markets.
As fears grow about the possibility of Scotland losing its TB-free status, the Farmers’ Union of Wales’ (FUW) has warned a failure to get to grips with the disease could leave UK farmers unable to trade with the EU.
A new survey on labour throughout the food supply chain has found almost a third of businesses have seen EU nationals leave the UK since the referendum, prompting warnings of an ‘irreversible exit’ of key workers.
A new report from the Labour Party’s pro-Brexit group, Labour Leave, has said leaving the EU would make the poorest households in Britain £36 a week better off because cheap food imports could flood into the UK.
Farming leaders’ battle for cash and power post-Brexit intensified this week after the UK Government was accused of preparing an EU Withdrawal Bill which disrespected ’hard-won devolution settlements’.
There are positive signs of a future farming policy starting to emerge, with a recognition of what the farming industry needs, according to Thomson Snell and Passmore head of agricultural and rural affairs Sue Lister.
With farmers wanting more practical agricultural knowledge from the people they work with in the banking sector, Alex Black visited a HSBC Banking for Farming course to see how they are training their staff
The number of vets in the UK will have to ‘increase significantly’ after Brexit to cope with growing demand for food import and export certification, according to the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
The NFU has praised the Government’s post-Brexit trade strategy, saying Defra officials have ‘put a lot of effort’ into ongoing work on the UK’s future membership of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).