Red Tractor asks farmers to help shape future standards

The UK’s leading farm assurance body, Red Tractor, is urging farmers to engage in a consultation on how its farm standards should evolve.

Goodbye 2020, hello 2021!

With so much to contend with in 2020/21, Farmers Guide asked farm consultancy expert Mark Russell, a partner at Carter Jonas, for his advice on how to plan for the future when there are so many unknowns.

British carrots labelled ‘grown in Spain’

Tesco has confirmed that a “small number” of its bags of British carrots, carrying the Red Tractor logo, were mistakenly labelled as having been grown in Spain.

New rules and logos to protect British food and drink

Defra has announced new rules and logos to protect British food and drink, guaranteeing the authenticity of regional and traditional foods for shoppers and protecting British producers from imitation.

Online Dairy Business and Policy Conference to Address Future Farming Issues

Dairy farmers will get the opportunity to hear about future farming policy and quiz Government Minsters and experts in a free series of webinars organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF).  

Abandon sugar import quota, growers urge government

NFU Sugar has urged the government to abandon its proposed tariff-free quota for raw cane sugar imports because of its potential to undercut British growers with sugar grown in ways that would be illegal in the UK, threaten the viability of a British success story and undermine the government’s commitment to developing countries.

Lamb sector under-threat in event of ‘no deal’, CLA warns

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), which represents 30,000 rural businesses in England and Wales, has today issued a stark warning to the government on the impact that no-deal would have on Britain’s competitiveness in EU agricultural markets.

MPs reject bid to protect food standards in Ag Bill debate

MPs have voted against an amendment to the Agriculture Bill, put forward by the House of Lords, to ensure food imported to the UK matches domestic standards.

Campaign to protect British food and farming

Chefs and celebrities are urging the public to write to their MP calling for a block on low-quality food imports, as politicians gear up to vote on the Agriculture Bill.

Wholesaler questioned over relabelling of Uruguayan beef

The National Beef Association (NBA) has asked Tesco-owned wholesaler Booker to explain why an original source label for imported Uruguayan beef had been over-labelled with one from Booker’s own corporation.

Hare coursing “once again prevalent” in the countryside

Following a rise in reports of hare coursing, which typically spikes after harvest, the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is stepping up its campaign to tackle hare coursing.

Outdoor use of metaldehyde to be banned, Defra confirms

Farming minister Victoria Prentis has announced that the outdoor use of metaldehyde will be banned in Great Britain from the end of March 2022.

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