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

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Our transport adviser, Thomas Price, looks at the driving licence entitlements you need to drive different types of agricultural vehicles on the road. Read more ...

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The Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group recently launched an inquiry on skills and labour in the sector.It will focus on three areas: skills in the dairy industry, the government’s role and actions and Brexit challenges and opportunities for the dairy workforce. Read more ...

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The Fresh Produce Consortium is consulting the industry about new guidelines it’s proposing for caravan accommodation that growers provide for seasonal workers. Read more ...

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The aim of EIP-Agri is to take research and develop it into a solution for a recognised industry problem in a new and innovative way. Its aim is not to fund primary or additional research. Closing date for round 2 is now 12 December 2016. Read more ...

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Anglian Water is offering farmers in Norfolk the opportunity to get rid of redundant or unapproved pesticides free of charge. A pesticide amnesty is being launched in the county for farms in the Blackwater (Reepham) sub-catchment of the River Wensum and will run from 1 December until the end of January 2017. Read more ...

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The Association of Applied Biologists (AAB) in association with the British Crop Protection Council (BCPC) are hosting a conference focusing on crop protection in southern Britain. Read more ...

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A report published- Leaving the EU - implications and opportunities for science and research has said the Government should make an immediate commitment to exempt EU scientists and researchers already working in the UK from wider potential immigration controls. Read more ...

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Tragically a driver using a tipping trailer was killed after the raised trailer of his vehicle came into contact with overhead power lines. Read more ...

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A major research study just published in the journal Science which shows that GM techniques can be used to increase the efficiency of photosynthesis in plants, a finding which the scientists involved believe could help meet rapidly increasing global demand for food. Read more ...

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A research project at Harper Adams University looking at increasing the yields of a special type of barley is producing promising results. Naked barley was an important crop in the Bronze Age, but since then has almost been forgotten in the UK. Read more ...

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The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has developed an interactive agri-food timeline tool with the aim of highlighting innovation in the UK agri-food industry. The timeline focuses on the events and interventions (domestic microwave, the space race, etc) which have stimulated change and growth over the last one hundred years. Read more ...

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This tool aims to provide a high-level visual, dynamic representation of the makeup of organisations and funders within the UK Agri-Food Landscape. The Agri-Food landscape in the UK is complex, and by mapping it KTN aims to provide clarity for businesses seeking to innovate within this sector.  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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