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‘Eat out to help out’ initiative addressed in open letter to Rishi Sunak MP

14th July 2020
In an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, the National Beef Association (NBA) has praised the new ‘Eat out to help out’ initiative, but feels that an opportunity has been missed to help UK food producers.The letter, sent to Mr Sunak’s office on Monday 13th July by NBA Interim CEO Mr Neil Shand on behalf of NBA members, welcomes the governmen......

Multi-billion pound investment as government unveils plan to tackle flooding

14th July 2020
Homes and businesses across the country will be better protected and more resilient in future after the government revealed its long-term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion.The measures set out in the new plan are the most comprehensive in a decade, including investment of £5.2 billion to create around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,000 prop......

Warning to dealers over bounce back loan scam

13th July 2020
An Airdrie-based car dealer is warning anyone selling high-value vehicles or other items to be aware of scammers taking advantage of the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.Stephen Bogan, director at James Glen Car Sales, said in a live Facebook video that the dealer was approached by someone looking to buy a £40,000 Porsche.Alarm bells rang when the prospective buyer wanted to pay in full rather t......

Kent’s 87-year-old Marion still farming thanks to rugged mobility scooters

11th July 2020
Marion Pont, 87 from Ashford in Kent, is continuing to run her sheep farm with the help of two mobility scooters – including a 20-year-old TGA Supersport.Marion has lived on her family farm for over 70 years. First owned by her parents, this 70-acre holding in Bethersden has reared milking cows, grown crops and now breeds sheep. With the help of her sister-in-law and nephew, Marion tends to......

Tractors descend on Westminster in Ag Bill protest

10th July 2020
Farmers drove their tractors into the heart of London this week as part of a socially-distanced protest against the possibility of cheap food imports arriving in the UK.Volunteer activists including Celebrity MasterChef winner Emma Kennedy, invited farmers to drive their tractors around Parliament Square on Wednesday (8th July).The ‘tractorcade’ started at New Covent Garden M......

Record your own livestock online

9th July 2020
Innovative new product Cloud Lines allows anyone from home breeders and smallholders to breeding societies and organisations of all sizes to keep full, accurate records of their breeding programmes.It was developed by MA Systems Ltd in 2018 in response to a growing need to support customers using bespoke or legacy database applications. ......

Aldi CEO vows never to sell chlorinated chicken

8th July 2020
Aldi UK’s CEO Giles Hurley has said that the supermarket will not sell chlorinated chicken or hormone-treated beef, regardless of any future trade deals.The supermarket committed to only selling fresh chicken and beef from British farmers. It follows a similar statement from Waitrose boss J......

JCB secures $269 million order from US military

7th July 2020
JCB has been awarded a contract to supply the U.S. military with a fleet of specialised high speed excavators over the next eight years in a deal worth up to $269 million (£217 million).The deal centres on the supply of High Mobility Engineer Excavators (HMEEs) for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.Prototypes of the machine - capable of speeds up to 55mph (88kph) - were first develope......

Tong celebrates 50 years of Grading Screen manufacture

6th July 2020
UK potato and vegetable handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering is celebrating 50 years of vegetable grading screen manufacture this month.The renowned manufacturer, has not only been producing steel grading screens in the same premises since 1970, but has also grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of steel grading screens in the world.“We are very proud of our herit......

AHDB estimates show small drop in potato planted area

3rd July 2020
The UK planted area for potatoes has held up despite a turbulent season for growers, according to the AHDB.Provisional estimates show the planted area in Great Britain at 119Kha, which, if correct, shows only a 1 per cent drop on last year. The fall takes into account revisions to the 2019 planted area data since September.The figures suggest a minimal impact from the coronavirus crisis......

Land Army helps to connect farmers and pickers

2nd July 2020
A website created to help farmers find fruit and veg pickers in the Covid-19 crisis, which has resulted in a shortage of overseas workers, has now registered 25,000 people.Brothers Guy and Ben Habgood set up the Land Army website to connect farmers and pickers, amid nationwide concerns that food may be left to rot due to the shortage of skilled workers.Back in April, the pair both found......

17 million consumers informed about health benefits of meat

1st July 2020
The second year of a campaign by the British levy bodies has succeeded in reaching 17 million people, helping to bring a more balanced perspective to public discussion around the health properties of red meat.The collective initiative funded by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC) – Meat Promotion Wales, has undertak......

Farming groups react to news of Trade and Ag Commission

30th June 2020
Trade secretary Liz Truss has announced that, after months of campaigning from farming groups, the government will set up a Trade and Agriculture Commission to help inform trade policy.In a letter to NFU president Minette Batters she wrote: ‘I wholeheartedly agree that any trade deal the UK strikes must be fair and reciprocal to our farmers, and must not compromise on our high standards of ......

How well do you know your wheat markets?

29th June 2020
Breeders Limagrain UK have run a short and fun online quiz to find out what British farmers really know about their wheat markets and varieties.“Who would have guessed that the UK produced 16 million tonnes of wheat in 2019? Only 50% of respondents got this right. Did you know that the UK produced 5 million tonnes of milling whe......

Taking an alternative approach to crops

28th June 2020
Experts are investigating ways to create new foods and related products from alternative crops to maximise the use of locally produced food and drink.Specialists from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute are also looking at how to make the most of the natural environment to tackle global challenges.This includes focusing on a range of crops, fr......

Waitrose says it will not stock low quality imports

26th June 2020
New Waitrose boss James Bailey has said the retailer will not stock lower quality food imports such as chlorinated chicken or hormone-injected beef, even if the UK strikes a trade deal that allows such imports.Mr Bailey, who joined Waitrose as partner and executive director in May, spoke of his pride in the retailer’s high standards of animal welfare, environmental protection and food quali......

Move to reopen rural tourism welcomed

25th June 2020
Rural tourism businesses will be able to reopen from 4th July, the government has announced, prompting a sigh of relief from rural organisations.Boris Johnson announced yesterday (23rd June) that pubs, restaurants, hotels, campsites and caravan parks can all reopen from 4th July. Members of two different households will be able to eat, drink or dine together......

9 in 10 anticipate increased need for farming charities over next five years

24th June 2020
Over 90% of contributors anticipate a greater need for farming support organisations over the next five years, a new survey conducted by The Farming Community Network (FCN) has shown.The survey of over 160 farmers, agricultural businesses and members of the public across the UK found a significant belief that over the next five years there will be an increased need for the services provided......

NSA urges Government to stand by UK farmers as further trade talks begin

23rd June 2020
The National Sheep Association is once again reminding the UK Government to consider the broader potential ramifications of new trade deals, as talks with New Zealand and Australia begin.NSA Chief Executive Phil Stocker explains: “Trade deals are always going to be complex by nature, with each presenting different challenges and opportunities. With the addition of Australia, New Zealand and......

Fund to support dairy farmers opens for applications

22nd June 2020
The dairy response fund has opened for applications from eligible dairy farmers in England in need of support following the coronavirus outbreak.To be eligible for support from the fund, farmers in England need to demonstrate that they have suffered a ......

KWS FIREFLY – Illuminate your wheat with a touch of magic!

22nd June 2020
New to the Recommended List in 2019, KWS Firefly is the UK’s highest yielding Group 3 milling wheat at 102% of controls.It is a brilliant addition to the true biscuit sector, delivering on all fronts including yield, grain quality and agronomics. With the crop marketing challenges which lay ahead, KWS Firefly holds broad market appeal and is approved for......

UK Govt ‘must not betray British farmers’ – Jimmy Doherty

19th June 2020
Suffolk farmer and TV presenter Jimmy Doherty has warned of dire consequences for British agriculture and the health of the nation, if the government does not stand by its promise to prevent food imports that would be illegal to produce here.In a column for the Daily Mail, he says importing such food in order to secure a trade deal with the US ‘makes a mockery of everything British......

Ben Burgess announces opening of Oakham site

19th June 2020
Ben Burgess are pleased to announce the company opened a temporary site for Ben Burgess Oakham on 15th June 2020. The site is at Woodside Farm, Empingham, LE15 8QD.Plans for a purpose-built branch have been submitted and they look forward to moving forward with building as soon as possible. In the meantime, their Oakham team, supported by the Ellington and Coates branches, will be able to p......

Over 1 million people sign food standards petition

18th June 2020
A petition urging the government not to allow cheap, low-quality imports to undermine British farmers has now reached over one million signatures in just over two weeks.The NFU, which launched the petition, has said future trade deals should prevent imports of food that would be illegal to produce here.A proposed amendment to the Agriculture Bill, which would have protected British farm......