UK only able to survive on British food for seven months in a year, warns NFU The NFU has warned the UK would only be able to survive on British food for seven months in a year, based on current self-sufficiency statistics. Today, August 7, marks the day on which [...]
Meet the arable farmers facing the challenges of Brexit Sponsored Article With Brexit looming, the next few years present considerable challenges for the UK’s arable farmers. In this new series we focus on how some of the nation’s top growers are rising to meet those challenges, and hope to inspire [...]
Gove’s environmental watchdog risks adding confusion to policy The CLA has warned Defra Secretary Michael Gove’s new environmental watchdog risks adding confusion to policy-making following the opening of a consultation on the creation of the body. The Government is seeking views on what the functions of the new watchdog should [...]
The view over the farm gate, Brexit and beyond – where next for the UK? With leading industry and policy makers’ opinions from a conference spanning the farming and food manufacturing community, briefings around the country from AHDB and with the Reform Bill (European Union (Withdrawal) Bill) looming, the AFTP [...]
Farmers who abandon agri-environment schemes and return their land to food production should be unable to apply for cash under any future agricultural policy, MPs have been told. Dr Simon Pryor, natural environment director at The National Trust, made the remarks when giving evidence to Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee before Easter.
The new environmental watchdog Defra Secretary Michael Gove has promised to set up will be more robust if it is ‘designed and owned jointly’ by all four nations of the UK, according to a new Institute for Government (IFG) report. Last November, Mr Gove took the decision to establish a new English regulator to replace the European Commission, which has taken legal action against the UK several times for failing to meet EU environmental standards.
Defra Secretary Michael Gove has admitted his department has failed to talk enough about food production as it pieces together a post-Brexit farming policy. Mr Gove made the remarks in answer to a question from Farmers Guardian during an interview with trade press at a Sustain event in London this week.
Each nation of the UK could be given its own ringfenced agriculture budget after Brexit, according to a new report from the Institute for Government (IFG). The option of a new agricultural support budget, protected and separated from the wider devolution budget settlement and ‘block grant’ was one of two future funding possibilities set out by the IFG.
Farmers should expect to pay more for fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and slurry storage facilities after the UK leaves the EU, according to a key Government adviser. Professor Dieter Helm, who is chair of the Natural Capital Committee, told Farmers Guardian in an exclusive interview that a ‘more effective application of the polluter pays principle’, proposed in both the 25-Year Environment Plan and the future farming policy consultation, would mean higher costs for farmers.
Defra Secretary Michael Gove has told MPs the UK-EU agreement on a transition deal has delayed publication of the Agriculture Bill. Mr Gove made the remarks when he appeared before the Environmental Audit Committee yesterday.The Bill was originally due to be published in spring, but he admitted the transition deal, due to end on December 31 2020, had taken the urgency out of the situation.