Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
Rural house building could be boosted by proposed changes to national planning rules, including a new exception which could help farmers looking to retire and allow the next generation to take over the farm.
MPs on the Efra Committee have warned the Government risks damaging the farming sector and failing to meet its green ambitions if it does not provide more detail on its post-Brexit agricultural policy very soon.
Tensions between Holyrood and Westminster continue to run high, with agriculture and rural affairs two of the key battlegrounds. Abi Kay gets the inside track from chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee, Pete Wishart.
The Government has set out its plans for a future trading relationship with the EU in a landmark White Paper. An ‘Alternative’ White Paper has also been leaked. Abi Kay explores what the two documents mean for farmers.
The EU would ‘never accept’ frictionless trade for agricultural and food products if the UK introduces different environmental rules after Brexit, according to the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.
Hopes have been raised that a culture shift is underway at Defra following an announcement that the Government will fully fund a revolutionary agri-environment scheme based on the ‘Payment By Results’ principle.
An insect ecology specialist at a top London university has questioned the usefulness of the neonicotinoid ban after a new study showed potential replacement sulfoxaflor had an ‘unacceptable impact’ on bumblebees.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has called for a ban on all non-stun meat exports after it was revealed millions of pounds’ worth of UK lambs slaughtered without stunning are to be sent to Saudi Arabia.
The NFU has hit out at Defra Secretary Michael Gove for failing to offer any support to farmers still suffering from the effects of the summer drought, warning ‘a bit of rain does not wash the problems away’.