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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At this week’s Westminster seminar NFU chief science and regulatory affairs adviser Dr Helen Ferrier spoke about why farming is a strong sector worth investing in. Read more ...

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Defra has issued a consultation in the form of a survey to gather views on the costs and benefits to business from reform of the guidance, and to gather feedback on recent experiences of using online guidance and reporting information to Defra and its agencies.  Read more ...

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There have been recent changes to the tachograph rules on the transport of live animals from farm to market and from market to slaughter. Read more ...

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Wet weather means there is an increased risk of high levels of mud getting onto the roads. As well as being illegal, this is a problem which has led to serious accidents in the past and it is essential that members take steps to minimise its impact. Read more ...

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A recent consultation issued by the Home Office and BIS saw proposals put forward to tackle ‘labour market exploitation’. Read more ...

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For the last decade DEFRA funded Genetic Improvement Networks (GINs) have provided a platform for the improvement of Britain’s most important crops, identifying emerging challenges and enabling them to be addressed by a community of UK researchers, breeders and end-users. Read more ...

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The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium has announced the production of a whole genome assembly of bread wheat, the most widely grown cereal in the world, significantly accelerating global research into crop improvement. Read more ...

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Oil from genetically modified (GM) oilseed crops could replace fish oil as a primary source of the beneficial Omega 3 fatty acid EPA – according to new research from the University of East Anglia in collaboration with Rothamsted Research and the University of Stirling. Read more ... 

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The weather in December and January has left fields very wet and there is now a high risk of pesticides reaching drinking water, warns The Voluntary Initiative (VI). 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.This month's Skills Roundup covers courses/training in your region from 1st February- 14th March. Read more ...

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