Tag Archives: National Farmers Union

NFU launches 2013 harvest survey

THE NATIONAL FARMERS Union (NFU) launched its annual harvest survey this week, calling on members to help answer questions about 2013’s harvest prospects.   The survey of combinable crops is the UK’s first source of data on production levels across the country.   Reflecting issues such as the effect of the extreme weather on cereals…
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NFU calls on public to back self-sufficiency drive

THE NATIONAL FARMERS Union (NFU) is urging the public to back a campaign to help stem the decreases in agricultural self-sufficiency.   Research shows that the UK produces just 62% of its own food; in quantitative terms this means that today (14th August) food supplies would run out if no imports had been bought in…
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Recycling plant blaze: call for ban on Chinese lanterns

A FIRE BROKE out in a factory in Smethwick, Birmingham, on Sunday 30th June where 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling bundle material was set alight by a Chinese lantern, prompting calls for a ban.   Approximately firefighters were called out to J&A Young recycling plant to battle the flames, which saw smoke plumes rise 6,000…
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Steering farmers through the storm

NATIONAL FARMERS UNION leader Peter Kendall has seen members endure a miserable 10 months but concerns over food security, prices and sourcing in the wake of the horse meat scandal could offer new opportunities, he tells David Burrows.                           To travel 600 miles…
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NFU chief attacks “hypocritical” government buying standards

THE NFU has long fought for better relationships between retailers and farmers, but its president also has the government’s buying practices in his sights.   In an exclusive interview, published in April’s Footprint, Peter Kendall refers to food procurement within central government as “lax”, and says the economic crisis is no excuse for allowing standards…
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EU vote threatens progress on green farming

ENVIRONMENTALISTS ACCUSE MEP'S of watering down eco-friendly plans for Common Agricultural Policy.                           Much has been done to improve the environmental performance of agriculture, but a recent vote in Europe on the next stage of the budget for farming subsidies could, say environmentalists, stall…
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2013 harvest already ‘written off’?

The National Farmers Union has confirmed that for the first time in a decade Britain will become a net importer of wheat.   NFU president Peter Kendall said more than two million tonnes of wheat had been lost  because of last year's poor summer.   Peter Kendall speaking on Radio 4's Today programme said the…
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Foodservice told to commit to British farmers

COMPANIES IN THE foodservice sector must commit to British farmers and pay them a fairer price for their milk. That’s according to the Dairy Coalition, which has warned that milk supply could be jeoparised if no progress is made on some of the “lousy contracts” currently in place.   In the short term, the coalition,…
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Whiter than white?

FOODSERVICE BUSINESSES talk a good game when it comes to supporting British dairy farmers, but few are willing to divulge details of the price they are paying for milk.                           It takes a lot of bottle to stand up to the might of…
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