Farming Category

  • Apply for hedgerows, boundaries, and woodland management grants online

    Applicants for hedgerows and boundaries and woodland management grants can now be made online via the Rural Payments service. The service can ensure only eligible fields are included - instant confirmation is provided once an application is submitted. The woodland management plan grant is open all year round but this year the hedgerow and boundaries grant, which opened on 1st February, closes on 28th April. While applicants are encouraged to use the online service, paper applications will still ...

    Posted at March 2, 2017 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
  • Asda launches free-range milk

    Asda has declared that it has become the first UK retailer to sell free-range milk – where it's guaranteed that dairy cows have grazed outdoors for at least six months of the year. Both semi-skimmed and whole milk are now for sale in 109 Asda stores, in one and two litre bottles, priced at 90p and £1.50 respectively.

    Posted at March 1, 2017 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
  • New approach to great crested newt licensing

    A fresh approach to the conservation of great crested newts is to be rolled out across England, having been piloted by Woking Borough Council in Surrey. The move is aimed at improving the licensing process for housing developers by surveying areas where the newts are most prevalent, mapping the potential impacts of development, and proposing local conservation strategies for the species, in partnership.

    Posted at February 8, 2017 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
  • Hedgerows and boundaries grant applications invited

    Applications are being invited for the Countryside Stewardship hedgerows and boundaries grant which opens today (1st February 2017). The grant, individually worth up to £5,000, is designed to help farmers and other land managers improve important farmland boundaries and the application window for the £5 million scheme closes on 28th April.

    Posted at February 1, 2017 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
  • Time to re-think the use of antimicrobials in animals

    Experts from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) have reviewed the measures taken in the EU to reduce antimicrobials use in animals and are stressing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution. According to the findings, successful strategies follow an integrated, multifaceted approach which takes into account the local livestock production system and involves all relevant stakeholders — from governments to farmers.

    Posted at January 25, 2017 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
  • More cybercriminals targeting UK businesses

    UK business were, on average, subject to almost 230,000 cyber attacks each during 2016. According to research by internet provider, Beaming, the volume of attacks hitting individual firewalls exceeded 1,000 per day, on average, in November of last year. While a third of attacks attempted to access company databases in the first quarter of 2016, cybercriminals have since ...

    Posted at January 15, 2017 | By : | Categories : Farming,News,Rural Business | 0 Comment
  • APHA on feeding kitchen scraps to farm animals

    The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) is warning farmers and smallholders not to feed catering or kitchen waste to livestock such as pigs and poultry, even if they are being kept as pets. It remains illegal to feed catering waste, kitchen scraps, meat or meat products to farmed animals - this is to ...

    Posted at January 11, 2017 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
  • Countryside Stewardship 2017 update

    Almost £20 million will soon be made available for agri-environment agreements to help farmers and land managers protect wildlife, create new habitats and reduce flood risk. Farming Minister, George Eustice, has confirmed details of Countryside Stewardship elements opening shortly, which includes woodland creation and woodland planning grants, and a new flood action facilitation fund to help land owners create natural flood management solutions. Around £17 million will be made available for the Woodland Creation Grant and the ...

    Posted at December 14, 2016 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
  • Euro exchange rate set for 2016 BPS

    Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments for England are set in Euros and then converted into sterling. The rate for 2016 has now been published (based on an average of the European Central Bank exchange rates in September) at €1 = £0.85228. The previous year’s exchange rate for BPS was €1 = £0.73129. The Rural Payments ...

    Posted at September 30, 2016 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
  • Metaldehyde: Advice for autumn crops

    The Environment Agency is calling on growers to think "slope, soil and stream" when they apply metaldehyde based slug pellets to crops this autumn, saying it is important growers adhere to the current guidelines to avoid contaminating watercourses and protect drinking water supplies. Metaldehyde is the pesticide that most often causes risks ...

    Posted at September 27, 2016 | By : | Categories : Farming,News | 0 Comment
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