Farmers long-term sickness figures rise by 11%

A rural insurer is warning farmers to protect themselves from unforeseen time off as the new figures show that long-term sickness across the industry has been rising by 11% year-on-year. 

Christine Tacon steps down as Red Tractor chairwoman for Co-op position  

Christine Tacon has announced her plans to step down as Red Tractor chairwoman after being appointed to the Co-op board.

Seasonal worker visa route extended following labour shortages

The government has just announced that the seasonal worker visa route will be extended until 2029 following labour shortages. 

Search for Wales woman farmer of the year has begun

The Wales woman farmer of the year competition launches for its 26th year to celebrate the contribution of women in the Welsh farming industry.

Be aware of minimum wage increases for salaried farm workers 

The minimum wage has increased, but employers who are paying salaries rather than hourly rates could be unknowingly offering less than the minimum wage, a farm employment consultant warns British farmers.

Machinery manufacturer Ktwo has entered into administration

Ktwo Sales Ltd, the Buckinghamshire manufacturer of spreaders and trailers, went into administration at the end of last month (March 2024).

Collings Brothers ceases trading with immediate effect 

Cambridgeshire dealer Collings Brothers said the current economic climate has put the business under significant pressure, forcing its closure.

NFU calls for halt to SMETA changes until growers are fully consulted 

The NFU is calling for a halt to proposed rule changes that require growers to pay recruitment fees. The union fears that the new legislation could have a financially damaging impact on farmers. 

“Well-respected” 117-year-old Scottish machinery dealer goes into administration 

An Aberdeenshire agricultural machinery company that had been in business for over 100 years has gone into administration. 

International Women’s Day: Meet shepherdess and mum Zoe

While farming can be perceived as a male-dominated industry, the industry is filled with women leading successful careers on farms while taking care of their families. International Women’s Day is a great opportunity to give them a shout-out. 

Ripon Farm Services appoints Richard Simpson as new CEO

Ripon Farm Services has announced the appointment of Richard Simpson as its new chief executive. The company’s former CEO, Geoff Brown, will be stepping into the chairman role. 

New NFU president named

Former NFU vice president Tom Bradshaw has been elected as the new president of the union, representing more than 46,000 farmers and growers across England and Wales.

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