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In week ended 6th June the deadweight cattle trade edged up in most areas again read more
In week ended 10th June the NSL SQQ increased over 6p on the previous week read more
Müller Wiseman Dairies propses to buy Dairy Crest’s dairy operations
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UK finished pig price saw small increases in the week ended 6th June read more
The GB weekly average price for the week ending 5th June was £148.26/t read more
Quality concerns have emerged for the 2015 US hard red winter wheat crop read more
Chicago soyabeans and Paris rapeseed futures have been moving in opposite directions read more
United Kingdom Poultry and Poultry Meat Statistics – July 2014 read more


Latest News     30 June 2015  
Call for opponents of vet lab closure to work together following MSP talks
Prospect has called for all opponents of plans to close a world-class veterinary laboratory in Inverness to work together after holding talks with Highlands and Islands MSP David Stewart.
FUW welcomes strengthened disease surveillance
The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed the official opening of the Wales Veterinary Centre in Aberystwyth on the site of the former Veterinary Investigation Centre.
Busiest first half-year for five years despite market challenges, says AMC
British farming continues to invest in improvements despite deflated prices, volatile markets and rising input costs.
FDF launches gluten labelling guide
A new guide has been launched to support food manufacturers on the labelling of food products containing gluten.
Arla price cuts highlight need for urgent solutions says NFU
The dairy industry has been hit with another devastating blow, this time from the biggest co-operative in the UK, Arla. The company has today announced a cut to the price it pays its UK members by 1.18ppl* taking it to 23.81ppl.
British Sugar announces outcome of negotiations on sugar beet price
British Sugar has announced that an agreement has been reached between NFU Sugar and British Sugar on the terms of the sugar beet contract offer for 2016/17.
Confirmation of the Arla Foods amba July milk price
Arla Foods amba on-account price will reduce by one eurocent per kg (0.77 pence when applied to the UK standard litre), with effect from 6 July 2015.
Novel Foods: food safety MEPs back deal with Council
Draft plans to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorisation procedure for novel foods, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, were endorsed by the Environment Committee on Thursday.
Prime Minister backs Thames Valley Police’s latest move to tackle rural crime
Prime Minister David Cameron has backed Thames Valley Police’s latest move to tackle rural crime after the police force became the first in the UK to introduce a marked all terrain utility vehicle into its fleet.
Copa-Cogeca call for support for EU fruit and veg producers hit by Russian ban
Copa and Cogeca sent a letter to the EU Commission this week calling for support measures for EU fruit and vegetable growers to be extended to offset the impact of the Russian ban on EU exports, after President Putin announced that the ban will continue until 2016.

Novel Foods: food safety MEPs back deal with Council
Draft plans to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorisation procedure for novel foods, already informally agreed with the Council of Ministers, were endorsed by the Environment Committee on Thursday.
Environment Secretary unveils vision for open data to transform food and farming
Vast data reserves from Defra are set to transform the world of food and farming in the single biggest government data giveaway the UK has ever seen, Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss will announce today.
Copa-Cogeca underlines huge potential of EU agriculture, agri-food sectors to boost growth and jobs
Copa-Cogeca underlined the huge importance of the EU agri-food sector for EU rural areas, growth, jobs and food security at a Conference in Dublin today, and outlined key areas where investment needs to be stepped up to enable the sector to meet its potential.
Scottish questions over UK CAP commitment
Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has criticised Liz Truss over her failure to confirm how farm funding will be affected if the UK leaves Europe.
Industry teams compete in Farm Business Charity Regatta
Farm Business took to the water again in June for the 10th year in succession for the annual Charity Regatta.
Commissioner urged to use simplification agenda to get farmers back to producing food
NFU Scotland urged Europe’s leading farm official to use his plans for simplification as an opportunity to get Scotland’s farmers back to the job of producing food.

​Half a billion dollars spent supporting Australian farmers through drought​
Australia’s Agriculture Ministry says it exists to both help those who are doing well to do better and also help those, who through no fault of their own, are doing it tough.
Soil security vital for the health, wealth of the world
A recent meeting of the 2015 Global Soil Security Symposium brought scientists, policy influencers, investors and citizens together at Texas A&M University in College Station to start the process of developing an international soil security policy.
Rabobank Foundation and FAO to expand partnership
FAO and the Dutch Rabobank Foundation will scale up their collaboration after two years of successful initiatives in East Africa.
New Zealand union wants to see fine print on raw milk rules
New Zealand farmers union Federated Farmers wants to see the fine print of the rules around selling raw milk before farmers will know it its worthwhile.
NZ government decision made on raw milk
New Zealand’s Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew has announced the Government’s decision to introduce a new policy around the sale of raw milk to consumers.
China-Australia FTA signing brings expanded agricultural trade a step closer
The opportunities created by the historic China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) have taken another step towards reality with the official signing of the agreement by trade ministers from both countries.

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