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

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The NFU’s labour providers survey reveals that there was a 29% shortfall in seasonal workers for horticulture businesses in September, raising the average shortfall for the year to 11%. Read more ...

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The European Commission must take decisive action to reauthorise the use of glyphosate to stop the politicisation of the process, the NFU said today. Read more ...

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The UK supports further restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids, Michael Gove has said. Setting out the UK's position in a Defra press release, the Secretary of State said 'the UK supports further restrictions on the use of these pesticides. Unless the scientific evidence changes, the government will maintain these increased restrictions post-Brexit.' Read more ...

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Amid the ongoing battle to save glyphosate and neonicotinoids, NFU senior plant health adviser Emma Hamer writes about investment in crop protection R&D that is crucial to tackling resistance development in future.  Read more ...

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A joint letter from the UK farming unions on the re-authorisation of glyphosate has been sent to the European Commission ahead of the expected decision on its re-authorisation on 9 November. Read more ...

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The NFU hosted the Safe and Healthy Farming for All Ages event in partnership with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), aiming to improve health and safety within the farming sector. Read more ...

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Food and Drink trade associations across the supply chain have compiled a survey on future workforce needs. The data collected from the survey will be submitted to the Migration Advisory Commission as part of its call for evidence. Members are encourage to complete the survey by 23 November– which is available here

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EU agricultural vehicle type approval is a set of rules to ensure that agricultural vehicles placed on the EU market conform to a minimum set of technical standards. Read more ...

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'5 for 5' is a new initiative aimed at encouraging farmers to adopt comprehensive strategies to tackle black-grass by maintaining a planned, integrated approach at the individual field level, for at least five years. Read more ...

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The Farm Vehicle Health Check Scheme is a joint initiative by the NFU, NAAC and BAGMA. It provides information on how to select use and maintain your machinery. Read more ...

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The NFU's farm safety and transport policy adviser Tom Price reports on the prototype vehicles and technology on show at Agritechnica in Hanover. Read more ...

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Earlier this year the Fresh Produce Consortium published the first edition of industry guidance on the provision of caravan accommodation for temporary workers in the UK. Read more ...

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Environmental science funder NERC is asking for feedback on key knowledge gaps and evidence needs as part of an initiative called Environmental Evidence for the Future (EEF). Read more ...

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Harvest traffic will mean 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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The NFU sees biotechnology as a critical part of the solution in helping farmers and growers meet some of the production challenges they face. Read more ...

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Employers supplying accommodation to workers as part of their job need to ensure they are complying with National Minimum Wage legislation. 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 compiles a list of agriculture-related courses and training events around England and Wales. View this month's Skills Roundup here. Read more ...

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