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Pressure on the prime cattle trade has intensified read more
Liveweight lamb trade continued to strengthen last week read more
Müller Wiseman Dairies propses to buy Dairy Crest’s dairy operations
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The EU-spec SPP fell modestly in week ending 2nd April read more
The AHDB Weekly Average (free-buy and contract) price and free-buy average price increased again last week read more
US winter wheat crops were looking good as at 3rd April read more
Winter oilseed rape crops are ahead of their usual development read more
United Kingdom Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics – July 2014 read more


 
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Latest News     04 May 2016  
Australian farmers angered by budget inaction on backpacker tax
Australia’s National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed key measures that will benefit agriculture announced in the Federal Budget, but is angered by the lack of any plan to address the controversial backpacker tax.
BTS 860 and BTS 260 offer higher output with reduced grower risk
Two varieties from Limagrain UK BTS 860 and BTS 260, offering higher output with reduced growing risks, have been added to the BBRO Recommended List for 2017.
NSA encouraged by clear messages from Secretary of State
The National Sheep Association (NSA) was encouraged by the clear responses given by Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, in a meeting at the end of last week (Friday 29th April).
Benefits of low bolting and commercial experience in sugar beet variety selection
With five additions to the BBRO/BSPB Recommended List of sugar beet varieties for the 2017 crop, growers are again faced with more new choices.  However, if the current season is any indicator, growers will again keep a high proportion of their choice in established varieties.
Farm rents are falling but need to come down more
The Tenant Farmers Association has produced evidence showing reductions in farm rents are occurring but that there is a need for these to go further.
First Milk confirms May milk price changes
First Milk’s market mechanism has produced a reduced May 2016 milk price
Pig industry to address society’s concerns about antibiotics
National Pig Association is launching an antibiotic stewardship programme to achieve minimum use of antibiotics, consistent with responsible human and food-animal medicine.
Eight new varieties added to 2017 sugar beet lists
The eight new varieties added to the 2017 Recommended (RL) and Descriptive (DL) List reflect the continued trend for higher yield in candidate varieties being put forward by breeders.
Copa, Cogeca welcome EU Commission decision to prolong deadline for CAP aid applications
Copa and Cogeca welcomed today the EU Commission decision to extend the deadline for aid applications under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), saying it will give farmers and Member States more time to properly prepare their applications.
USDA unveils new ’Urban Agriculture Toolkit’
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture.
Politics

Copa, Cogeca welcome EU Commission decision to prolong deadline for CAP aid applications
Copa and Cogeca welcomed today the EU Commission decision to extend the deadline for aid applications under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), saying it will give farmers and Member States more time to properly prepare their applications.
Staggering fall in farm incomes reflects reality of tough trading environment, says NFU
The profitability of UK farming fell by a staggering 29% in 2015, a loss of over £1.5 billion.
Study shows consumers underestimate the severity of the global food challenge
Research findings to be released today show significant levels of misunderstanding about the realities of food production, namely that only 4% of adults surveyed in Europe correctly estimate that world food production must increase by 60% by 2050.
Plant health: agriculture MEPs endorse deal to fight influx of pests to the EU
New rules to curb the growing influx into the EU of plant pests such as Xylella fastidiosa, which has been devastating Italian olive groves in 2013, were endorsed by the Agriculture Committee on Tuesday
NFU and CLA urge Secretary of State to prioritise urgent action on BPS
NFU and CLA have today written to the Defra Secretary of State Liz Truss MP to encourage her to urgently take a public and proactive role in leading the response to criticisms of the 2015 Basic Payment Scheme and the consequences for 2016.
Harper Adams rises into Top 50 in the UK
Harper Adams University has broken into the top 50 Universities in the country as ranked by the Complete University Guide.
World

Australian farmers angered by budget inaction on backpacker tax
Australia’s National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has welcomed key measures that will benefit agriculture announced in the Federal Budget, but is angered by the lack of any plan to address the controversial backpacker tax.
USDA unveils new ’Urban Agriculture Toolkit’
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has unveiled the USDA Urban Agriculture Toolkit, a new resource created by USDA’s Know Your Farmer team to help entrepreneurs and community leaders successfully create jobs and increase access to healthy food through urban agriculture.
North Korea’s food production falls for first time since 2010 as water scarcity hits agricultural sector
North Korea’s total  food production - including cereals, soybeans and potatoes in cereal equivalent - is estimated to have fallen in 2015, the first drop since 2010, and is expected to worsen food security in the country, according to an FAO update.
Accessing US beef and lamb markets would be major boost for British livestock sector
The NFU believes accessing the lucrative US beef and lamb markets would be hugely advantageous for British livestock farmers.
Barbados beckons for beef and lamb exports
Exports of premium beef and lamb cuts to the West Indies present a significant opportunity for the industry, according to AHDB Beef & Lamb.
Pulses are praised for health, ecological and economic benefits
"Pulses are good for people, and are good for soils," Eduardo Mansur, the head of FAO’s land and water division, said this week at an event that highlighted the promising future of edible seeds such as lentils, chickpeas and pigeon peas, all often neglected in the shadow of the world’s major staple grains.

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