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UK farmer confidence falling, according to new survey

UK farmer confidence falling, according to new survey
18-12-2012 08:25 AM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic
UK dependent on imported soya 'until we have GM'
Last Friday UK May futures closed at £227.50, Monday £225.70, Tuesday £224, Wednesday £223, Thursday £217.75. Wow! A £10/t drop over the week! That is...
10-12-2012 14:00 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic
Paterson backs UK GM crops
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has given his support to genetically modified (GM) food production in the UK. Paterson said GM crops, which ar...
04-12-2012 14:02 PM | Finance, News, Organic, Produce, Supermarkets
Supermarket adjudicator granted powers to fine retailers
Powers to fine retailers who unfairly treat their suppliers will be given to the new supermarket adjudicator, the government announced today. The ...
30-11-2012 18:01 PM | News, Organic, Produce, Supermarkets
Ugly veg rule change means more produce on sale
Over three hundred thousand tonnes of British produce, enough to fill 2,500 Boeing 747-400 freight planes, is estimated to have reached supermarket sh...
EU identifies 'serious defects' in French GM rat study
The European Union's food safety watchdog has identified 'serious defects' in the research undertaken by French scientists who said rats fed on a GM d...
26-11-2012 09:00 AM | News, Organic, Pigs, Produce, Supermarkets
Bacon launches with double award success
A brand new Cornish bacon is launched this week having secured two food industry awards. The ‘Cornish Sweetheart’ streaky bacon, developed by the K...
21-11-2012 11:26 AM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, Finance, News, Organic
Unions take CAP fight to European Parliament
Farming groups are stepping up their fight to ensure the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) allows farmers to compete on a level playing field across th...
15-11-2012 07:42 AM | Finance, News, Organic, Produce, Renewables
Sustainable farming experts call for change
Bold changes are needed to the way food is produced is we are able to continue feeding the world, according to experts at LEAF (Linking Environment an...
12-11-2012 13:51 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic, Produce
EU approval of Roundup 'based on bad science' says study
The EU approval of glyphosate, the main ingredient of the herbicide Roundup, is based on bad science, according to a new peer-reviewed study. The s...
30-10-2012 11:05 AM | News, Organic, Renewables
Sustainable palm oil to be used by 2015
By the end of 2015 all palm oil used in central Government food and catering services will come from environmentally friendly sources, Environment Min...
17-10-2012 16:53 PM | News, Organic, Renewables
European changes to biofuel policies are 'ill-conceived', says NFU
The NFU is calling on the EU to forge joined-up policies that support both the production of food and renewable fuel after the European Commission pro...
17-10-2012 09:02 AM | News, Organic, Produce, Shows and Events, Supermarkets
Supermarket watchdog must have power to fine, say activists
Activists today will stage a demonstration to highlight the need for the government to ensure the new supermarket watchdog being introduced has the po...
15-10-2012 13:32 PM | Produce, Market Reports, News, Organic
Vegetable oil stocks reach 38 year low
Demand for vegetable oils for food and biofuel use is expected to increase by an additional 23 million tonnes by 2016; however supply is expected to s...
12-10-2012 14:19 PM | Arable, Crops, News, Organic, Produce
Tomato growers gambling with £40m investment
British tomato growers are gambling with an investment of £40million a year in producing crops before they receive any return, according to the Tomato...
Tesco makes switch as supermarket label campaign launched
A new campaign encouraging people to take photos of poor food labels or merchandising and upload them to Facebook has been launched today. The NFU...
24-09-2012 08:34 AM | Cereal, Crops, Market Reports, News, Organic, Arable
US maize and soya prices show decline
As we have whinged previously, it would appear that sometimes the USDA tells the truth, and sometimes…..well, sometimes it fudges the issue. So last w...
20-09-2012 10:59 AM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic, Property News
Hundreds march to Brussels calling for farming reforms
Protestors from the UK have joined the largest ever rally in Brussels calling for radical farming reform. The activists say the global food system...
18-09-2012 17:25 PM | News, NFU, Organic, Renewables
Calls to scrap EU biofuel plans 'short sighted'
Calls to scrap the biofuels element of the Renewable Energy Directive have been described as "staggeringly short shighted" by the National Farmers' Un...
06-09-2012 14:01 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic
European court confirms right to cultivate GM crops
A decision by the European Court of Justice has clarified the legal requirements concerning the cultivation of GM crops within the European Union memb...
03-09-2012 16:55 PM | News, Organic
Organic category remains resilient
September has been called the organic month by the Soil Association as despite the recession, research has shown there is a positive future for the or...
31-08-2012 16:11 PM | Arable, Cereal, Crops, News, Organic
Growers should 'choose oilseed rape with care'
A new requirement on glucosinolate levels, set by European oilseed crushers, takes full effect for the 2013 crop and growers should pay careful attent...
31-08-2012 15:47 PM | Market Reports, News, Organic
Quality 'will win battle for US olive oil'
The United States olive oil market – the worlds third-largest for consumption – is poised to become a battleground between historic European producers...
17-08-2012 11:47 AM | News, NFU, Organic, Renewables, Arable, Cereal, Crops
International agreement opens biofuel market for arable farmers
Arable farmers will gain critical access to biofuel export markets after the Red Tractor and Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) schemes gained commercial re...
16-08-2012 15:52 PM | News, Organic, Produce
Global fish production reaches all-time high
Total global fish production, including both wild capture fish and aquaculture, reached an all-time high of 154 million tons in 2011, and aquaculture ...
10-08-2012 09:49 AM | News, Organic, Produce
Cameron accused of failing to address causes of food crisis
David Cameron has been accused by campaigners of 'failing to address the causes of the global food crisis' by suggesting that hunger can be solved by ...
01-08-2012 12:53 PM | Organic, Slurry and Irrigation, Arable, Cereal, Crops, News
Defra outlines future of pesticides with draft plan
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs have issued a draft plan outlining the future of pesticide use in the UK. The action plan for...
31-07-2012 17:43 PM | Organic, Supermarkets, Cattle, Dairy, News
Dairy coalition vows to keep up pressure on retailers
Pressure will be kept on retailers who don't pay dairy farmers a fair price, members of the dairy coalition announced today. The coalition includes...
31-07-2012 15:09 PM | Cattle, News, Organic, Pigs, Sheep
Proposed changes to stocktaking rules welcomed
The Accounting Council have decided to make "fair value" for biological assets optional rather than mandatory as the minutes of their July meeting hav...
23-07-2012 15:51 PM | Cattle, Dairy, News, Organic, Produce, Supermarkets
Farmers agree dairy deal at Royal Welsh
Leaders of the dairy coalition have said they are putting "100 percent effort" into targeting retailers and major milk buyers to ensure dairy farmers ...
04-07-2012 17:42 PM | Poultry, Renewables, Animal Health, Cattle, News, Organic, Pigs
EU paves way for GM meat and milk
European Union officials are paving the way to bring genetically modified (GM) animals to the European market. European authorities have developed ...
02-07-2012 09:20 AM | News, Organic
ICM in carrots leads to successful Sclerotinia control
Recent showery weather has encouraged the continuing activity of sclerotia, according to the BASF and ADAS sponsored monitoring system for carrot grow...
Local food networks are 'under-recognised', says report
Despite the importance to the high streets and landscapes, local food markets are 'under-recognised' and poorly supported, a new report says. The ...
25-04-2012 06:55 AM | Produce, Organic, Supermarkets, News
Asda, Morrisons, Iceland ’worst offenders’ for healthy eating
A report launched today names Asda, Morrisons and Iceland as the "worst offenders" for undermining parents’ efforts to feed their chil...
24-04-2012 16:36 PM | Produce, Organic, Supermarkets, News
Fair play in grocery supply chain needed EU-wide
A new report has backed up calls for an effective adjudicator to police the UK Groceries Supply Chain Code of Practice. It concludes that the inte...
12-04-2012 08:36 AM | Feed and Forage, Organic, News
New organic regulation ’will give producers confidence’
The NFU has successfully lobbied for a new EU regulation on organic feed that will give producers confidence in the sector. The new regulation all...
05-04-2012 20:46 PM | Organic, News, Shows and Events
Natural and Organic Products reports successful show
The sixteenth edition of Europe’s leading annual trade show for the natural products, health food and organic sectors has been hailed a huge suc...
Complexity of soil debated at Vegetable Conference
A speaker from expert vegetable grower Produce World has given insight into new developments in soil management at a conference organised by Waitrose ...
08-03-2012 07:27 AM | Appointments, Produce, Feed and Forage, Organic, News
Scottish Food Advisory Committee appoints new members
Lord Rooker, Chair of the Food Standards Agency, today announced the appointment of three new members of the independent Scottish Food Advisory Commit...
05-03-2012 13:10 PM | Feed and Forage, Organic, News
Price not key factor in organic decline
Falling organic food sales in the UK reflect a growing recognition among British shoppers that benefits for the environment, healthy eating and animal...
05-03-2012 07:43 AM | Feed and Forage, Organic, News
Organic produce shows growth in Q4
Overall fresh produce retail prices were higher this quarter compared to Q4 2010, spurring dollar growth, but declining volume sales for some commodit...
20-02-2012 17:21 PM | Organic, News
Local partnership aids success for organic farmers
A leading player in the UK organic food sector has overcome the headache of finding skilled staff with the help of Midlands-based Network Recruitment ...
20-02-2012 07:35 AM | Produce, Feed and Forage, Organic, Supermarkets, News
New report highlights importance of local food
National charity CPRE publishes a new report into the economic and social value of local food to Ledbury just days before a crunch council meeting to ...
Versadrill practice guide gives advice for soil management
A new soil management guide from Versadrill manufacturer Sumo aims to help farmers avoid the issues that can arise from compacted soils - whether in a...
16-02-2012 10:28 AM | Arable, Cereal, Produce, Crops, Organic, News
Fury spring bean gets top marks from growers
As this season’s spring sowing season approaches, Fury spring bean is at the top of the list for many pulse growers. It is the fully PGRO-recom...
03-02-2012 11:47 AM | Arable, Cereal, Produce, Feed and Forage, Organic, News
British seed potato producers gear up for Fruit Logistica
After a busy export season in 2011, the British seed potato industry is set to reach new heights in 2012 by expanding existing and new markets, says P...
18-01-2012 11:58 AM | Organic, News, Renewables
Paice gives message of support to Organic Conference
The 6th ORC Organic Producers’ Conference at Aston University, Birmingham, opens today (Wednesday) with a strong message of support from Defra&r...
02-01-2012 13:14 PM | Organic, News, Shows and Events
Organic conference to debate key CAP Reform and Food Security issues
The annual ORC organic producer’s conference, to be held at Aston University, Birmingham from 18-19th January 2012, will be focusing on the pote...
30-11-2011 18:46 PM | Organic, Poultry, News
Potential crisis for organic poultry sector to be averted
Organic poultry farmers are being urged to carry on as normal after the European Commission announced it would not introduce immediate changes to mono...
30-09-2011 15:47 PM | NFU, Organic, Poultry, News
NFU lobbying secures important changes for organic poultry sector
Proposed regulation changes which would have had a devastating effect for organic poultry farmers have been averted, following extensive lobbying by t...
08-09-2011 05:11 AM | Crops, Organic, News
Organic wheat yields from Tewkesbury hit all time highs
Carl Gray of Grange Farm, Bredon, Tewkesbury, is celebrating all time high organic wheat yields, having yielded 7.3t/ha. (2.96t/acre) of Group 3 wheat...
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