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Newsletter

November 2018

An eclectic mix of plant health, farm safety, transport, skills, employment and science news and a look at what the Science and Regulatory Affairs team is doing for NFU members.

NFU leads the conversation about mental health in farming

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Following an HSE report that identified stress, depression and anxiety as leading causes of work-related ill health, the NFU is urging the farming industry to reverse the stigma around mental health - NFU Vice President, Stuart Roberts, shares what the NFU and Farm Safety Partnership are doing to bring about change.

On 5 July 2016, dairy-farmer’s daughter, mum and primary school teacher Emma Picton-Jones became a widow at 27 when her husband committed suicide - Emma shares her story and tells us what she is doing to tackle poor mental health in farming.

World Mental Health Day: To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, the NFU highlighted HSE statistics that show mental health issues are a leading cause of work-related ill health and caught up with NFU member, Olly Harrison, for an update on the work he is doing to get people talking about their mental wellbeing.

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Member exclusive: Catch up with the NFU's work to raise concerns about the loss of chlorpropham with decision-makers ahead of a Standing Committee in Brussels that will discuss the future of the valuable herbicide.

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Two more deaths on farm in October

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A young child died this month on a farm in Wales after being hit by a vehicle - read more and refresh your memory on the guidance around keeping children safe on farm.

A farm worker also lost their life in October after being injured and suffering severe blood loss - read more and consider taking some simple steps to improve first-aid arrangements on your farm.

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Diquat, thiram and pymetrozine have been banned by the European Commission following successive ‘no opinion’ votes on their re-approval by Standing Committees and an Appeal Committee - find out when member states must withdraw authorisations for each active and close subsequent grace periods.

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Emma Hamer, NFU Senior Plant Health Adviser, reports on a recent LEAF/IPM event she attended and highlights how members businesses could benefit from LEAF membership.

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The NFU has been working with the Wood Protection Association to extend the current authorisation of creosote to treat stakes, poles and fencing for agricultural uses and the HSE finally agreed the extension in October.

Employment news

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To develop the next generation of skilled farmers and growers, AHDB, NFU and industry employers have joined forces to set standards for three new apprenticeship schemes.

Staff insight: On 21 June 2018, the UK government published details of its EU Settlement Scheme - but what does this mean for the large number of EU migrant workers? Priya Sheth answers your questions.

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Farmers’ Weekly, in association with Syngenta, is hosting a free one-day event near York on 6 December to look at spray application research and technology and you can now register your place.

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Read more about the development of glyphosate resistance in the UK and find out what steps you can take to help limit the threat.

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Get the latest from the Nematicide Stewardship Programme and check you are following best practice guidelines as the key period for potato-cyst nematode and the use of nematicides fast approaches.

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If you are over 75 and use heating oil, sign up for the Cold Weather Priority initiative and your heating oil deliveries could be prioritised over the winter months, especially during periods of extreme cold weather or fuel shortages.

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Please take some time to complete the NIAB TAG Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle Survey 2018/2019 - it is hugely important to collect data on the impact of cabbage stem flea beetle when effective control tools are unavailable.

Two NFU surveys go live

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Take ten minutes out to complete the NFU's Farmer Confidence Survey 2018. We are measuring levels of business confidence among farmers to monitor the impact of current market conditions and underpin our lobbying and campaigning work.

Complete the NFU's survey on digital communications and you could win £50 worth of M&S vouchers. The survey only takes around four minutes to complete and your response will help us to ensure NFU Bulletin and NFUonline are best placed to serve you.

Biotechnology

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Biotechnology in the UK: The NFU sees biotechnology as a critical part of the solution in helping British farmers and growers meet some of the production challenges they face and you can read about the latest developments here.

Biotechnology in world news: Get the latest reaction from around the world to a recent ECJ ruling on gene editing and read about a new report that urges the UK to ‘bring back’ sound science as the basis for regulating crop genetic innovations post-Brexit.

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The NFU has pulled together a list of agriculture-related courses on offer across England and Wales between October and December 2018, including an online course for rodent control, a one-day course on chainsaw maintenance and a four-day course on DIY AI. Find the right course for you: Online Courses | North West | North East | West Midlands | East Midlands | South West | South East | East Anglia | Wales

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