Posts tagged "National Farmers Union"

Gove pledges drought support

[2 August/EuroFruit] DEFRA Secretary, Michael Gove, called for increased flexibility to help drought hit farmers in the UK, but the National Farmers Union want to also address market volatility. The summer of 2018 is turning out to be one of the driest summers in memory and the warmest July on record. Mr Gove promised to...

Farming subsidies ‘should be scrapped’

[2 November/NZ Farmer] A report from Think Tank Chatham House has said a market-orientated farming model, such as the one in New Zealand, is the only way for the UK to benefit from free trade while committing to green targets in a post-Brexit environment. It is calling for farming subsidies to be heavily curtailed or...

UK farmers are addicted to subsidy, says government adviser; Oxford Economist Dieter Helm said that the agriculture industry enjoys benefits ‘nobody else in the economy gets’

[29 July/ The Guardian] Economist and Chair of the Natural Capital Committee, Dieter Helm, called for a review of the current taxation rules for farmers and said the agricultural sector received disproportionate government support. Professor Helm added that tax breaks for farmers caused a subsidy addiction and are used to avoid inheritance tax. Professor Helm...

Brexit will cause UK food prices to rise, farmers warn

 [25 June/ The Independent] National Farmers Union President, Meurig Raymond said the United Kingdom’s dependence on imports combined with a weakened pound would mean food prices could rise following the referendum result. Mr Raymond added that the United Kingdom only produced 60 percent of the food it consumed. Mr Raymond said the average income of...

Brexit would leave UK farmers up to EUR 34,000 worse off, study finds

[4 April/ The Guardian] A National Farmers Union study showed that farmers could lose up to EUR 34,000 a year if the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, unless new subsidies were put in place. The study found that the price of commodities such as beef, lamb and wheat could fall if the...

Rising debts could force a fifth of the UK’s dairy farms to close

 [20 February/ The Sunday Telegraph] National Farmers Union Chairman, Rob Harrison said many United Kingdom dairy farmers were operating at a loss and were unable to receive any more finance from banks, meaning as many as 2,000 could close in 2016. Mr Harrison said there were around 10,500 dairy farmers across England, Scotland and Wales,...

British farmers bleating mad over lamb debate

[12 September/ NZ Herald] The National Farmers Union has blasted British supermarket chain, Tesco after it found shelves of imported New Zealand lamb sitting under a banner promoting Scottish lamb. Tesco said the meat’s origin was correctly labelled on each pack. National Farmers Union Scotland President, Allan Bowie said Scottish farmers were disgusted when they...

Farmers’ union attacks move to ban GM crops

[10 August/ The Times] Scotland’s decision to ban the growing of genetically modified crops has come under attack by the National Farmers Union. Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead said allowing GM crops would damage the country’s clean and green brand. National Farmers Union Scotland Chief Executive, Scott Walker disagreed with the move, and said...

Meat country of origin labels rejected by WTO [19 May/ NZ Herald]

The World Trade Organization has rejected a final appeal from the United States, deciding that the United States’ country of origin labels place a disadvantage on meat from both Canada and Mexico. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack said congress has to fix the problem by either repealing or modifying country of origin labels. The United States...

UK farmers told to stop bleating about NZ lamb

[24 July/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre spokesman, Rick Powdrell criticised Britain’s National Farmers Union for complaining about top New Zealand lamb cuts selling for more than $10 per kilogram less in the UK than they are selling for in New Zealand rather than focusing on addressing the drop in consumption...