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In week ended 7th March deadweight trade broadly levelled read more
Week ended 11th March saw liveweight lamb trade at GB auction marts remain firm read more
Müller Wiseman Dairies propses to buy Dairy Crest’s dairy operations
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The week ending 7th March recorded another reduction in the EU spec GB SPP read more
The GB weekly average price for week ending 13th March increased £2.53/t to £124.34/t read more
There was a 7% drop between the total area harvested in 2014 and the wheat area as at 1st December 2014 read more
Wheat lost some of its share of animal feed demand to barley in January read more
United Kingdom Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics – July 2014 read more


 
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Latest News     27 March 2015  
New project to help people who have lost weight keep it off
Over €4.9 million has been awarded by the European Commission to a twelve-member consortium, led by the Capital Region of Denmark (Region Hovestaden), to develop and evaluate a toolkit to help people who have lost weight to successfully maintain that weight loss.
The National Beef Association (NBA) announce results of their Big Farm Survey
The NBA carried out a survey within its members to ascertain their feelings and concerns towards whole life assurance. 523 respondents from throughout England gave their views to a series of 12 questions.
MPs slam department’s mismanagement of IT for farmers’ CAP claims
Whilst welcoming the Agency’s common sense decision to allow farmers to use tried and tested pen and paper systems instead, the Committee slams Defra for failing to listen to the concerns of farmers until EU deadlines were imminent according to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report published Friday 27 March 2015.
Shopper confusion about animal medicines in livestock increases
In a sign that the horsemeat scandal continues to affect consumer sentiment around food quality and safety, new consumer research published by the National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) suggests that shoppers are more confused than ever about animal medicines and how they are used to protect the health and welfare of animals on farms.
Arla Foods amba to increase its April milk price
Arla Foods amba is raising its on-account price from 30 March by 1.5 eurocents.
LEAF calls on farmers to help educate tomorrow’s consumers
Following the success of Open Farm School Days last year, campaign organiser LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is encouraging farmers to invite schools onto their farms to enable pupils to gain a better understanding of where their food comes from and the vital work farmers do to manage the countryside.
NSA: Support British sheep farmers this Easter
With lamb consumption doubling at Easter, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is calling for people to support British farmers and buy home-grown lamb when choosing their roast.
Last chance saloon as new investment allowance level approaches
Changes in the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA) rules mean farmers and landowners have a final window of opportunity to make the most of current legislation.
MEP hails inspirational Whitmuir Farm plans
Alyn Smith MEP and Emma Harper, SNP candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale, have expressed their support for Whitmuir Farm’s plan to establish itself as the first community-owned farm in Scotland.
Public Accounts committee reports on flood risk management
The Public Accounts Committee has published a report into Strategic Flood Risk Management. Of particular interest from a CLA perspective is reference in the report to the responsibilities of private landowners for flood defence maintenance – the report states that the Environment Agency is directly responsible for the maintenance of only 45% of all flood defences and the rest is the responsibility of local authorities, internal drainage boards and private landowners.
Politics

MPs slam department’s mismanagement of IT for farmers’ CAP claims
Whilst welcoming the Agency’s common sense decision to allow farmers to use tried and tested pen and paper systems instead, the Committee slams Defra for failing to listen to the concerns of farmers until EU deadlines were imminent according to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report published Friday 27 March 2015.
MEP hails inspirational Whitmuir Farm plans
Alyn Smith MEP and Emma Harper, SNP candidate for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweedale, have expressed their support for Whitmuir Farm’s plan to establish itself as the first community-owned farm in Scotland.
Public Accounts committee reports on flood risk management
The Public Accounts Committee has published a report into Strategic Flood Risk Management. Of particular interest from a CLA perspective is reference in the report to the responsibilities of private landowners for flood defence maintenance – the report states that the Environment Agency is directly responsible for the maintenance of only 45% of all flood defences and the rest is the responsibility of local authorities, internal drainage boards and private landowners.
CLA steps up election activity to promote a thriving countryside
As Parliament prepares to dissolve before the General Election on 7 May, the CLA has stepped up its own campaign to influence parliamentary candidates to commit to supporting rural businesses.
NFU continues urgent lobbying to clarify BPS ‘plan B’ for farmers
Farmers still need to focus on BPS applications by preparing information ahead of completion. The call from the NFU comes after farming minister George Eustice announced there would be an extension to the BPS application window to June 15.
NFU urges National Trust to work with tenant farmers as part of new strategy
As the National Trust (NT) launches a new £1bn, 10-year strategy to ‘protect the countryside’, the NFU says it is vital they work with their tenant farmers during the process.
World

FAO aims to increase funds for nutrition and climate change
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has opened a week-long session of the organization’s executive council, with an appeal to its members to approve a proposal including more funds to be directed at nutrition and climate change issues.
Fonterra expands its organic milk business to meet growing consumer appetite
Fonterra has announced this week that it will expand its organic milk business to help meet growing demand. This decision follows Fonterra’s recent review on how best to position this speciality business for sustained growth.
EPA administrator McCarthy tells NFU EPA is on the ’hot seat’ over WOTUS, RFS
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy promised the agency would soon come out with a final Waters of the Unites States (WOTUS) rule and committed to movement on the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as well.
USDA announces $97 million available to expand access to healthy food, support rural economies
In a speech at the United States’ National Farmers Union Convention, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of $96.8 million in grants to fund innovative projects designed to support specialty crop producers, local food entrepreneurs, and farm to school efforts, which in turn will increase access to healthy, nutritious food for American families and children.
Public procurement in Africa benefitting family farmers and schools
An innovative partnership spanning five African countries is providing important lessons on how governments can procure food for public institutions, such as schools, directly from small-scale family farmers.
Fonterra acknowledges criminal threat
Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited acknowledges the announcement by the New Zealand Police and the New Zealand Government about an investigation into a criminal threat relating to the Government’s use of Sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) poison as pest control to protect the country’s native flora and fauna.

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