Saturday, January 11, 2014 10:39 Reviving Spain’s fields of gold

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Reviving Spain’s fields of gold

Pound for pound it’s more expensive than gold, but less than two decades ago Spain’s golden crop was on the verge of disappearing. Price volatility and cheap imports from Iran had driven the country’s saffron producers to the brink, causing … Continue reading

Thursday, January 9, 2014 11:21 Embrace GM crops or get left behind, minister warns

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Embrace GM crops or get left behind, minister warns

Europe risks being the museum of world farming unless it embraces GM crops and other agricultural innovations, DEFRA secretary Owen Paterson has warned. The minister said UK farmers needed access to the widest-possible range of technologies if they were to … Continue reading

Thursday, January 9, 2014 11:11 Disaster scenarios present opportunities for farmers

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Disaster scenarios present opportunities for farmers

Doom-and-gloom scenarios of growing populations, climate change and diminishing resources actually offer opportunities for farmers who are prepared to seize them, according to an Oxford Farming Conference report. Carried out by Bidwells on behalf of the OFC, the study identified … Continue reading

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 11:24 CAP reform was a ‘fair compromise’, says commissioner

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CAP reform was a ‘fair compromise’, says commissioner

Reform of the CAP has been defended as a fair policy which gives UK governments flexibility to deal with the differences across the country’s agricultural industry. European farm commissioner Dacian Ciolos said the new policy better-supported farmers by recognising the … Continue reading

Wednesday, January 1, 2014 11:44 Farmers’ rights to water use set for shake-up

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Farmers’ rights to water use set for shake-up

Rules around how farmers use water are set to be shaken up under government plans to reform water abstraction rights. Caroline Stocks looks at how the current proposals could affect agricultural businesses. For more than 50 years, the rules around … Continue reading

Thursday, September 12, 2013 11:01 Move swiftly to sort out muddle of CAP, says NFU

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Move swiftly to sort out muddle of CAP, says NFU

Rules around greening the CAP need to be agreed as quickly as possible and implemented fairly if UK farmers are to be given the freedom to get on with producing food, according to the NFU. Union president Peter Kendall said … Continue reading

Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:55 CAP greening rules are ‘basic and easy’, insists Commission

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CAP greening rules are ‘basic and easy’, insists Commission

The European Commission has defended its controversial plans for greening the CAP as a simple measure which gives farmers flexibility to produce food while enhancing the environment. Gwilym Jones, a member of agriculture commissioner Dacian Ciolos’ cabinet, said greening measures … Continue reading

Monday, August 12, 2013 11:03 Farmer sadness as TB forces herd closure

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Farmer sadness as TB forces herd closure

A Shropshire farmer has told of his sadness at having to wind down his farm because bovine TB has ravaged his herd of beef cattle. Mervin Mullard lost 133 cattle to bovine TB since first testing positive to the disease … Continue reading

Thursday, June 13, 2013 18:13 GM crops ‘to play an important role in UK food production’

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GM crops ‘to play an important role in UK food production’

The development of genetically-modified crop technology has an important role to play in helping UK farmers produce more food in a sustainable way, according the DEFRA’s farm minister. David Heath said he had been persuaded that developing GM crops was … Continue reading

Sunday, May 26, 2013 18:23 Honesty with consumers will help large-scale debate, farmers told

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Honesty with consumers will help large-scale debate, farmers told

Food produced from large-scale livestock farms will become more acceptable to consumers if farmers open up about their methods of production, according to one of the UK’s biggest retailers. Chris Brown, Asda’s head of agriculture, said producers needed to make … Continue reading

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