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Farm for the Future programme announced

A new programme from the Prince’s Countryside Fund promises to help farmers understand the policy changes that will affect the future of their farm businesses.

Farming bodies react as US set to accept British lamb again

For the first time since 1989 the US may allow the importation of British Lamb. Following comments from Boris Johnson, UK farming bodies have reacted to the news.

AIC calls on Government to work with industry to solve fertiliser crisis

The UK and several European fertiliser manufacturers have suspended fertiliser production due to unprecedented gas prices.

Report urges government to back British food at home and abroad

The NFU is calling for a commitment from the government to not allow Britain’s food production to slip below its current level of 60% self-sufficiency, alongside greater ambition in promoting British food at home and abroad to aid food security.

Boost for British pork as £50m trade deal announced

British farmers and food producers are set to benefit from access to a valuable new market, as Mexico has now officially opened its doors to British pork for the first time. British exporters can now tap into this brand-new market, which boasts high demand for high quality pork meat.

Defra officials confirm Geronimo the alpaca put down

The alpaca was condemned after twice testing positive for bovine TB, but caught national attention as the owner engaged in a four-year legal battle to try to save the animal.

Calls for a Covid Recovery Visa to address workforce shortages

In a new cross-industry report, the UK food and drink sector is calling for a 12-month Covid-19 Recovery Visa to help alleviate the workforce shortages that are causing serious disruption across the whole of the supply chain and significantly increasing the cost of getting food to the public.

Government plans to release beavers into the wild

Defra has announced plans to release beavers in to the wild in England, opening up a landmark consultation on the 25th of August 2021. The consultation marks a cautious step towards further reintroductions and establishing native beaver populations.

Rural community vital part of goverment’s plan to ‘level up the nation’

The NFU have been championing the role of the rural community in a series of discussions with the government aiming to make sure those in the countryside do not get left behind as the country develops.

NFU responds to BPS and lump sum payment consultation

Following the end of the Government consultation period into the administration of direct payments and a lump sum exit payment for farmers who may be looking to leave the industry, the NFU has shared its response to the proposals.

Farmers react to Beyond Meat founder’s comments on meat tax

Farmers and farming groups have responded to recent comments made by Ethan Brown, owner of the world’s largest plant-based ‘meat’ alternatives company.

NFU responds to UK food workers’ exemptions

The British government’s U-turn on the exemption for UK food workers from isolation means daily testing will replace isolation for some key workers.

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