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

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

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What might Brexit mean for skills and labour in the UK food supply chain? The results of a new survey will help our industry influence future government policy. Read more ...

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The NFU has today welcomed the conclusions of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) which say the scientific evidence 'did not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction'. Read more ...

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The NFU has seen draft regulations that reveal the European Commission wants to extend the current neonicotinoid ban to include uses on all field crops. Read more ...

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We've been working with the Science Museum in London to replace a 'quaint' agricultural gallery with a vision of future food production, which will be seen by millions every year. Read more ...

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The active substance glyphosate will be up for re-authorisation by the European Commission by 31 December 2017. Read more ...

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A stark warning has been issued to MEPs in Brussels against the over-zealous and ill-considered banning of important pesticides. Read more ...

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When it comes to the toxicity of a substance the dose is crucial - just because a chemical is present doesn't mean it is harmful in the amount present. Read more ...

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There are two main types of buffer to be aware of, Aquatic Zones apply to spraying near to watercourses and are designed to protect aquatic life while Arthropod Zones aim to protect beneficial insects and spiders in field margins and hedgerows. Read more ...

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NFU Chief Science and Regulatory Affairs Advisor Dr Helen Ferrier comments on the recently launched 'Science priorities for Brexit' report. Read more ...

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Farmers could one day control when crops ripen after the development of modified rice that flowers on demand. Read more ...

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Rothamsted Research and the NFU teamed up recently to run a workshop to identify what priorities the agriscience sector should have post-Brexit. Read more ...

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Reuters and other news outlets report that EU member state experts have again failed to approve new licences for two new GM maize varieties to be grown in the EU. Read more ...

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The National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates increased on 1 April 2017. Read more ...

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UPDATED AGAIN: NFU members can read our revised draft consultation response to the Green Paper here. Read more ...

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In the wake of Princess Anne’s positive comments to the BBC about GM crops, an editorial in the Scotsman newspaper calls on the SNP-led Scottish Government to change its stance, arguing that the practical benefits provided by the technology outweigh the potential and theoretical risks to the environment or humans. 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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