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NI Agriculture Minister launches business plan

Northern Ireland (NI) Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots has launched his department’s business plan for the year ahead.

Welsh Senedd members vote to review farm pollution rules

Welsh Senedd members have voted to review controversial rules which aim to tackle agricultural pollution in the country.

EU negotiators fail to agree reforms to farming subsidy deal

European Union (EU) negotiators this week failed to agree reforms to the bloc's huge farming subsidy programme, with talks due to resume in June on rules to protect small farms and curb agriculture's environmental impact.

Farmers could be offered up to £100,000 to retire

Farmers could be set to be offered up to £100,000 to retire as in what is thought to be a part of government plans to usher in a new breed of more environmentally-friendly land managers.

AHDB to wind down “significant activities”

The Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board (AHDB) has announced that it is winding down “significant activities” on behalf of the horticulture and potatoes sectors.

CFG calls for urgent adoption of "dual" accounting approach

In a newly published paper the Commercial Farmers Group (CFG) has called on the four nations of the UK to urgently adopt a dual accounting approach – using two different models side-by-side. It says this approach will help cattle and sheep farmers manage methane outputs better and even provide...

Northern Ireland potato growers to receive financial aid

Northern Ireland (NI) potato growers whose incomes have been directly impacted by the pandemic will receive financial aid, the government has announced.

NFU awarded £30k to deliver STEM through agriculture

The Royal Academy of Engineering has awarded a grant of £30,000 to the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) to deliver Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) learning through food and farming.

NFU, DWP to support growers facing labour vacancies

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have identified measures to support UK growers in attracting and retaining domestic workers this year.

Northern Ireland securing PGI status for ‘grass fed’ beef

Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) chief executive, Ian Stevenson, has confirmed that work is progressing to demonstrate that Northern Ireland’s (NI) beef industry readily meets the grass-fed criteria laid out by Bord Bia in the specification contained within the Republic of Ireland’s...