NFU: Post-Brexit Trade Bill must be debated

The president of the National Farmers Union (NFU) has said that politicians would be “immoral and hypocrites” if they failed to give Parliament a final say on post-Brexit trade deals. NFU leader Minette Batters said the agriculture sector faces competition

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MPs Back British Farming

MPs, including the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition and Home Secretary, got behind the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) Back British Farming Day (9 September), which provided an opportunity to celebrate British farming values and highlight their importance to the

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Agriculture: Hiring workers from overseas in 2021

Producers in the agricultural and horticultural sectors are concerned that they could lose workers from abroad after 1 January 2021 because of the proposed points-based immigration system (PBS), which comes into effect on that date. Under the PBS rules, workers

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Agriculture: Trade advisory groups brought into trade negotiations

International Development Secretary Liz Truss has set up 11 new trade advisory groups covering a range of key sectors, including agriculture, in a bid to drive business engagement in the UK’s trade negotiations. As trade talks with Japan, the US,

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Relaxed planning regulations allow farmers to let land for camping

Farmers across the UK are taking advantage of new relaxed planning regulations that allow temporary structures for 36 days, and are letting their land to campers who want to holiday in rural settings. With many foreign holiday destinations now off

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Public support for farmers hits record high

A recent poll suggests that support for UK farmers has reached a record high, with 89 per cent of those polled saying that farming is important to the economy and 88 per cent believing that it is important for the

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Industry groups join the launch of the Trade & Agriculture Commission

Industry organisations representing every possible facet of agriculture joined the launch on 28 July of the new Trade & Agriculture Commission to discuss how they can support it. The Commission, which was announced in June, is set to report its

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Government set to simplify Basic Payment System

The Government has announced it is to simplify the way penalties are calculated for small over-claims of land as part of measures to make the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) less complicated in 2020. Farmers will benefit from simpler and more

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Government agrees to set up Trade & Agriculture Commission

The Government has agreed ‘in principle’ to set up an independent Trade & Agriculture Commission to make recommendations for UK agricultural trade policy, seeming to have bowed to pressure from industry bodies and consumers. The National Farmers Union (NFU) has

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Food and drink ‘bounce back’ plan launched

The Government has announced it has launched a plan that will ‘turbocharge’ the export efforts of the UK’s food and drink businesses by giving them ‘unprecedented help’ to capitalise on new trade agreements. The so-called ‘bounce back’ plan was jointly

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