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

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Comedian Al Murray has underlined the importance of Farm Safety Week (24-28 July 2017) by describing how he witnessed a serious machinery accident as a 12-year-old. Read more ...

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Farm Safety Week Challenging the sector to think about improving livestock handling systems and making them safer and more efficient. Read more ...

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“A farm can be a magical place for children, where independence and responsibility are fostered and family relationships are strengthened, but it can also be a dangerous place where the unthinkable can happen in a matter of seconds." Read more ...

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Farmers come into contact with a host of machinery daily which all bring their own attendant dangers. Hands, hair and clothing can be caught by unguarded PTO shafts or other unguarded moving parts such as pulleys and belts. People can be injured by front-end loaders, falling from a moving tractor or being struck by its wheels.  Read more ...

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The latest statistics from the HSE show agriculture still suffers from the highest rate of workplace fatal injury of any industrial sector in Great Britain. What does this mean in numbers? It means that last year 27 persons working in agriculture lost their lives in workplace accidents. Read more ...

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Figures released today by the Health and Safety Executive show that 137 employees were killed at work during 2016/2017, of which 27 were in agriculture. Read more ...

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NFU members across the country are pledging to make 30 changes in 30 days to improve safety at their businesses. NFU expert Tom Price has urged farmers from all sectors and regions to join them by considering the small but important improvements to working practices which can reduce on-farm risks. Read more ...

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Our new briefing gives you the inside line on labour market conditions and the wider economic picture. We communicate a range of indicators of economic activity in the UK labour market that can be used as a guide for employers when conducting periodic pay reviews for workers. Read more ...

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A far-reaching report which details how developing technology can advance farming was launched at the Royal Three Counties Show. Read more ...

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The NFU has made its case to a Government committee about the importance of accessing a competent and reliable workforce for agricultural and horticultural businesses post-Brexit. Members of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) visited three Kent farms and saw first-hand the contribution non-UK seasonal and permanent workers make across the food and farming sectors. Read more ...

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Science is the only clear casualty from coverage of a landmark study on bees and pesticides, says NFU bee health expert Dr Chris Hartfield. Read more ...

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The results from large scale field experiments conducted by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology looking at the impact of neonicotinoid seed treatments in three countries have been published in Science today. Read more ...

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The NFU is very concerned about the European Commission proposals to extend the ban of neonicotinoids to non-flowering crops. Read more ...

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Want to reach as many candidates as possible for on-farm vacancies? Look no further. For free – yes free – NFU members can advertise jobs via the NFU’s bespoke portal: NFU Job Pages. At this crucial time on farm, save a significant amount of money and costs, and rest assured knowing that your vacancy is circulated to the right people to benefit your business.  Read more ...

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A new peer-reviewed report released today by UK consultancy PG Economics concludes that in the 20 year period from 1996-2015, GM crops have significantly reduced agriculture’s environmental impact and stimulated economic growth in the 26 countries where the technology is used. Read more ...

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Today, the Commission adopted five authorisations for Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) for food/feed use. Read more ...

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Academics suggest that two decades of sociological research have shown that opposition to GMOs is largely fuelled not by ignorance or technophobia. Read more ...

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Brazil has approved the commercial use of a GM sugarcane, setting a milestone for the country's highly competitive sugar industry as this is the first time such permission has been granted anywhere in the world. 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.

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