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06 December 2013
Autumn Statement: A 'Positive Effect' on Farming
UK - The NFU believes that several of the announcements made in the Autumn Statement could have a positive effect on farming, according to chief economist Phil Bicknell....
Allowing Farmers to Determine How They Manage Groundwater is New Approach
US - Necessity is the mother of invention, goes the proverb. And that’s how Kansas State University agricultural economist Bill Golden sees what is happening in western Kansas when it comes...
05 December 2013
Conference Committee Must Act Now to Pass Farm Bill this Year
US - The US House of Representatives will recess on December 13, presenting another looming deadline for farm bill completion this year. National Farmers Union (NFU) has continued to send a clear...
Call for Fair Practices All Along Food Chain
EU - At a major workshop "A fair food chain for all" held in the European Parliament, Copa-Cogeca stressed the need for fair practices all along the food chain, to the benefit of everyone. ...
04 December 2013
Produce, Promote, Protect: Straight-talking Mission from Potato Council
UK - Launching a consultation on Potato Council’s 2014 business plan, Director Rob Clayton nailed the AHDB Division’s ambition firmly to the mast. ...
03 December 2013
MEP's Vote to Measure Biofuel Emissions from 2020
EU - European Parliament Approves proposals to measure indirect emissions from biofuels production and cap levels of crop-based emissions....
Response to House of Commons Findings on Future Ag Policy
UK - The NFU is encouraged by the publication of a report by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) Select Committee on the implementation of the CAP....
Partnership to Create Benchmark System for Feed Safety Schemes
GLOBAL - The International Feed Industry Federation (IFIF) has joined as a partner in the Feed Schemes Observatory (FSO), a global initiative between the feed industry, Feed Assurance Schemes,...
29 November 2013
European Commission Makes U-Turn on Agricultural Promotion
ANALYSIS - The European Union and European Commission could be about to make a decisive U-turn on the way they allow agricultural produce to be marketed, writes Chris Harris....
CLA Calls for Defra to Stick to CAP Commitment
UK - The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) said this week that Defra must resist the temptation to "gold-plate" the incoming raft of Common Agricultural Policy regulations....
Lobbying Victory Offers Lifeline to On-farm AD
UK - News that the Government will launch a review of Feed-in Tariffs (FIT) for small scale anaerobic digestion (AD) in January has been described as a possible ‘lifeline’ by the NFU and...
28 November 2013
Auditors Find Criteria for EU Farm Aid Abused
ANALYSIS - European regulations designed to pay assistance to farmers farming in difficult and less favoured areas are being abused by a number of EU states, writes Chris Harris....
27 November 2013
Lack of Bee Assessment 'Alarming'
UK - With only days to go before restrictions on crop protection products begin, the NFU has described the lack of an EU impact assessment to determine the effect on pollinators and crop production...
26 November 2013
Proposed RFS Changes 'Bad for Economy and Environment'
US - The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) has reacted to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to reduce its 2014 Renewable Volume Obligations (RVO) for the Renewable...
22 November 2013
MEPs Approve Greener and Fairer Agricultural Policy
EU - A deal with the Council on five legislative acts reforming EU farm policy has been endorsed by Parliament. The post-2013 Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will put more emphasis on environmental...
Copa-Cogeca Welcomes Commission Proposal to Reform Promotion Policy
EU - Copa-Cogeca has welcomed the new EU Commission proposal to reform EU promotion policy, stressing it will greatly simplify administrative procedures and reduce red tape for industry....
21 November 2013
NFU Support Syngenta Neonicotinoid Legal Challenge
UK - Speaking at the UK Onions and Carrots Conference in Peterborough yesterday, NFU President Peter Kendall confirmed the NFU's support for Syngenta’s legal challenge of the European Commission’s...
20 November 2013
REA Welcomes Letter to Prime Minister
UK - The Renewable Energy Association (REA) has welcomed the open letter sent to David Cameron from the Energy and Climate Change Committee, which asks the Prime Minister to confirm that the...
Chris Huhne Speaks in Favour of Renewables
UK - As the debate around new renewables and the cost of energy hots up, former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Chris Huhne, will speak on “Perspectives on renewable energies...
19 November 2013
Why Should Crop Protection Practices be Recorded?
ANALYSIS - Collecting and recording data on crop protection practices should not just be seen as a legal requirement, writes Chris Harris....
Maryland Withdraws Proposed Fertilizer Regulations
US - The Maryland Department of Agriculture is withdrawing proposed fertilizer regulations....
Coalition Applauds EPA Decision to Lower Ethanol 2014 Requirements
US - Last week (15 November), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposed 2014 renewable fuel (RFS) standard that will require refiners to blend up to 15.21 billion gallons...
18 November 2013
EPA Proposes 2014 Renewable Fuel Standards: Industry Reacts
ANALYSIS - The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed for public comment the levels of renewable fuels to be blended into gasoline and diesel as required by Congress under the...
12 November 2013
Farmers Welcome Freshwater Policy Statement
NEW ZEALAND – Water policy is going to be scientifically, culturally and economically informed for the first time, says a Federated Farmers of New Zealand spokesperson....
Farmers Must Be More Innovative, Says Prime Minister
MALAYSIA - Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants farmers, livestock breeders and fishermen to be more innovative and progressive to boost income and their standard of living....
11 November 2013
Farming Unions in Joint Welcome for CAP Allocation
UK - The Presidents of the NFU, NFU Cymru and the Ulster Farmers’ Union have welcomed the decision on the allocation of the CAP budget between England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland....
08 November 2013
Agritechnica 2013: Ag Digital Unveiled
GERMANY - Ag Digital, the free publication highlighting Agritechnica 2013, is now available to download....
Consultations on Trailer Weights and Speeds is 'Move in Right Direction'
UK - A government consultation examining trailer weights and speeds is to be carried out following years of NFU lobbying....
Growing Competitiveness Initiatives to Help Young Farmers
CANADA - Young farmers can now access financial assistance to enhance their business management practices through the new Growing Competitiveness program, Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry...
07 November 2013
Food Dialogues: Animal Welfare - Beyond the Hype
ANALYSIS - Following the Food Dialogues discussion held in Columbia, Missouri, on livestock handling and animal welfare, a panel of experts from FAI Farms, based in Europe and South America,...
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