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An insight into agricultural science, regulation and our work on behalf of our members.

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Farmers and growers are urged to get their planning applications into their local authorities as soon as they can, as planning fees are set to increase by 20% from July. Read more ...

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A new report from the NFU urges government and research providers to invest in agricultural R&D and to enable British farmers to use the latest technologies. Read more ...

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Tragically on 14 February a child was hit and killed by a farm vehicle in Scotland. The incident has been reported widely in the press but the full details not yet known. Our sympathies go out to the family. Read more ...

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TechUK and the National Farmers Union held a joint session on ‘Tech and Agriculture: Bridging the Gap’. The event was hugely successful, with NFU members providing insights as to how they interact with technology to improve the efficiency and efficacy of their operations. The second event will be on Monday 8 May in London at the Tech UK offices. Read more ...

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Opportunity to be involved in a pioneering project to predict pesticide run-off risks and costs associated, and to actively influence the design of tools that will support more informed agro-chemical applications and management on farm. Read more ...

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Since 2016 there has been a requirement under EU Directives on vehicle type approval that tractors with a design speed of more than 60 km/h placed on the market have anti-lock braking systems (ABS) fitted.

The Commission is now investigating whether or not the ABS requirement should be extended to vehicles in the 40km/h to 60 km/h range. Read more ...

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The DfT has announced that much anticipated further increases to the legally permitted weight of tractor/trailer combinations travelling on road will not go ahead. Read more ...

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The trial was given the green light by Defra after a 48-day public consultation and will test whether the GM crop carries out photosynthesis more efficiently, potentially resulting in higher yield. It will take place between 2017 and 2019 at Rothamsted Farm. Read more ...

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Defra has announced the deadline for applications for the third decision point of the European Innovation Partnership scheme (EIPs). Read more ...

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Our transport expert Thomas Price looks at changes to road tax which could make timing a new car important... Read more ...

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The Sainsbury Laboratory (TSL) has applied to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) for permission to carry out a field trial on genetically modified potatoes on the Norwich Research Park between 2017 and 2020. Read more ...

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Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, signalled her strong support for genetically modified crops at NFU Scotland’s conference, saying her party would ‘absolutely support’ their use. In 2015, the Scottish Government banned the growth of GM crops and requested Scotland be excluded from any EU consents for their cultivation. Read more ...

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If you have an interest in the application of science in agriculture, there is now an open call for applications to join the board of UKRI. Read more ...

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Here are some recent news items about agricultural biotechnology from around the world. Read more ...

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Every month the NFU puts together a list of some of the main agricultural and agriculture-related training courses and events. The area-by-area list features events across England and Wales and includes courses ranging from tractor driver training to sheep shearing. Read more ...

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