New landlord-tenant code of practice called ‘good start’ in fair communication 

The launch of the code of practice regulating landlord-tenant relationships has been warmly welcomed by farming leaders. 

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. 

How can farmers balance green schemes with food production? 

A rural property expert encourages farmers to carefully consider to what extent they enter new environmental schemes after inheritance tax relief was extended in the Spring Budget. 

Pig industry questions Defra’s plans to change food labelling rules 

Pig industry representatives have voiced their concerns following Defra’s plans for changes to food labelling regulations. According to the National Pig Association, the proposal may have “significant implications” for the pork supply chain.

Controversial Red Tractor module axed 

Red Tractor’s chair has acknowledged that errors were made in the development of the Greener Farms Commitment.

Everything farmers should know about new hedgerow regulations

Farmers will have to follow new rules aimed at maintaining protection for hedgerows. According to Defra, the regulations will be introduced “as soon as Parliamentary time allows”.

Welsh farmer protests begin with Wrexham roadblock

20 tractors pulled up outside Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths’ office, as farming industry leaders urge that protests and blockading public roads should always be “the last resort” following strike concerns in Wales.

‘Time for change’: NFU and AHDB announce review of farm assurance

The NFU and AHDB will carry out a review of farm assurance schemes as a whole, following the recent controversy over Red Tractor’s Greener Farms Commitment.

What would the cost need to be, to ensure farmers made sure every load was 100% fit for purpose?

The list of store-keeping issues that we deal with is huge but in most cases rejections can be avoidable if there is more attention to detail.

Penalty notices introduced for animal health and welfare offences

Offences include keeping animals in a poor living environment, repeated overdue TB testing or breaching avian flu housing orders.

Red Tractor: Consultants brought in to complete review

The NFU has appointed consultants Campbell Tickell to complete the independent review into Red Tractor’s governance.

Tips on PTO safety and maintenance to combat a major cause of farm accidents

Accidents involving power take-off (PTO) shafts are among the most common causes of serious injury when operating farm machinery. To help raise awareness of PTO safety, Kramp, the agricultural spare parts supplier, has issued guidance to farmers to minimise the risk of an incident occurring and reduce PTO wear through proper set-up.

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