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  • NFU President Outlines Farming Priorities to Defra Secretary

    19 June 2017 News
    National Farmers' Union (NFU) president Meurig Raymond met with new Environment Secretary Michael Gove at the Royal Three Counties Show to talk about the scope of policy priorities for the farming sector
  • Brexit Uncertainty Causes Farmer Confidence to Fall

    06 June 2017 Brexit
    Farmers' confidence for the next three years has taken a significant knock, with a National Farmers Union (NFU) survey showing an 18-point drop in mid-term confidence in the last two years
  • Brexit Must Not Leave British Farming at a Disadvantage, says NFU President

    04 May 2017 Brexit
    British farming must not be placed at a disadvantage to its European competitors as a result of leaving the European Union, NFU President Meurig Raymond told the audience at Fresh Produce Journal (FPJ) Live today
  • Scottish Fishing Industry Receives Funding Boost

    26 October 2016 News
    Fishing groups across Scotland will receive a share of £4.1 million funding to help boost the sector and make it more sustainable
  • What’s Next for Food & Farming?

    19 August 2016 News
    In July, Andrea Leadsom was appointed Environment Secretary after the former holder of that position, Elizabeth Truss, was named the new Secretary of State for Justice in Theresa May's Government
  • Farming Unions Unite Post-Brexit

    03 August 2016 Brexit
    The farming unions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will work together to strengthen the future of the farming industry post-Brexit
  • Industry Bites Back Over Fake Farm Branding

    01 August 2016 News
    Following the results of a YouGov survey commissioned by the NFU, the industry body has formally complained to National Trading Standards Institute over the 'fake' farm branding used by some retailers
  • Rural Planning Update

    23 February 2016 News
    The Department for Communities and Local Government together with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is looking to simplify planning rules for farmers and growers
  • Fifth of Dairy Farms May Cease Operations in 2016

    19 February 2016 News
    Around five British farms are closing each week and this rate is expected to rise, according to the Royal Association of Dairy Farmers
  • Cumbria: “We’re Still Open For Business”

    29 January 2016 News
    The speciality food network across the UK is vast – not only is the sector made up of small to medium-sized businesses which are spread out across the nation, but it is growing like never before. A lot of these businesses are dependent on local infrastructures,…
  • BBC Launches Food & Farming Awards 2016

    11 December 2015 News
    The BBC has announced that its Food & Farming Awards 2016 will be accepting nominations from 10th January until 24th January, and the winner will be announced in April
  • Organic: Supply vs Demand

    09 July 2015 News
    This year's Organic Market Report from the Soil Association may have heralded growing sales of organic products, particularly within the independent retail sector, but the actions of those at the grass roots of organic food – the farmers – appear to be telling another story
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