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    A judge in the US state of California has decided to reduce by over a third the punitive damages levied against Monsanto by a jury that found that Roundup caused a man’s cancer.

    According to Judge Vince Chhabria, the punitive damages of $75 million (€60.3 million) was “constitutionally impermissible” and that the ratio of compensatory damages – which the jury put at just over $5 million – compared to punitive damages was excessive.

    This ratio was 1-15, with the judge saying that a ration in the region of 1-4 would have been more appropriate, highlighting that the punitive damages are “purely an additional sanction” which are aimed at “deterrence and retribution” rather than compensation.

    Judge Chhabria did not dispute the $5 million compensation the jury ordered that Monsanto – which was bought by Bayer last year – pay to Edwin Hardeman, saying that Monsanto’s approach to the safety of the product “was indeed reprehensible”.

    Hardeman alleged that his use of Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL), and presented “substantial evidence of his past emotional and physical suffering”. He is now in remission, and his prognosis is described as “very good” according to a doctor who spoke at the trial.

    Going by that evidence, Judge Chhabria, in the second part of his decision – which was made on Monday, July 15 – ruled against the defendant’s...
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    NFU Scotland’s Islay members welcomed the de-facto Deputy Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. David Lidington CBE MP to see first-hand the challenges faced by farms on the island.

    As a senior member of the UK Cabinet, the Minister is responsible for advising the Prime Minister on developing Government policy.

    Tom and Robert Epps of Ardnave Farm, Loch Gruinart hosted the visit which took place on Friday (July 12), where Lidington was shown the farm’s livestock and the results of environmental schemes on the land.

    During the visit, members from the island told the Minister the importance of the UK Government committing to long-term financial and policy support for Scottish farming and crofting if governments wish to reap rewards in terms of growing the food and drinks industry as well as delivering on public goods.

    In addition, they also stressed the importance of retaining tariff-free trade with Europe, and the protection of domestic agricultural standards in any future trade deals.

    Members also highlighted the challenges faced by agriculture on island communities, and in particular the immediate challenges facing Scotland’s less-favoured areas.

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    Restoring Estuarine and Coastal Habitats Conference

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    Environment Agency Chair, Emma Howard Boyd speaking at the Restoring Estuarine and Coastal Habitats Conference


    Today is our conference on Restoring Estuarine and Coastal Habitats in the North East Atlantic hosted by the Environment Agency at the Natural History Museum. It brings together 170 experts in estuarine and coastal habitat restoration and is being addressed by two keynote speakers Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency and Thérèse Coffey, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Defra and MP for Suffolk Coastal.

    They will stress the importance of restoration in the face of climate change and the need to be more resilient using nature-based solutions at the coast in the face of the threat of rising sea levels and extreme weather conditions.

    The conference represents the first time such a network has come together with over 80 organisations and individuals represented including government bodies, NGOs, academia and industry. With over 85% of our saltmarsh lost, 95% of our native oysters and over 50% of waters having lost their seagrass we will be seeing what more we can do collectively in collaboration, to restore the benefits we once received from these important habitats...
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    More needs to be done across Scotland to tackle the death rate in agriculture, as it is revealed 13 people died last year on Scotland’s farms and crofts.

    It’s five more deaths than in 2017-18 and represents the highest average increase across Great Britain in the space of just one year.

    To mark Farm Safety Week, the Health and Safety Executive has released its latest Fatal Injuries in Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing for Great Britain 2018-19 report.

    It shows that agriculture has the worst rate of worker fatal injuries of the main industrial sectors: 18 times as high as the average rate across all industries.

    Farm Safety Week – led by the Farm Safety Foundation – brings together five countries over five days with one clear goal – to inspire farmers to look after their physical and mental wellbeing and reduce the number of life-changing and life-ending accidents on our farms.

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    In a year when it has been revealed that, despite there being seven times more workers employed in the construction industry than agriculture, forestry and fishing, you are actually seven times more likely to be killed on a farm than on a construction site.

    The year’s...
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    Written by John Swire

    Kuhn Farm Machinery’s commitment to sales and technical support in the UK continues to keep pace with the company’s burgeoning product range, with new appointments strengthening the existing team.

    Central England Counties area sales manager

    Kuhn has recently appointed John Hulland as area sales manager, covering the central counties of England. He is working with KUHN dealerships across this region, providing wide-ranging support for the company’s comprehensive range of equipment that now includes ploughs, cultivators, power harrows, drills, sprayers, grassland machinery, fertiliser spreaders, feeder wagons and straw bedders.

    A trained agricultural service engineer with a background in practical farming, John has held previous positions as a territory manager and has experience in all aspects of technical support, event management and training provision.

    Product specialist

    Alex Birchall has joined kuhn as part of its established product specialist team, focussing on the company’s sprayer, fertiliser spreader, shredder and electronics ranges.

    Having graduated with a first class honours degree in agricultural engineering, Alex has gained valuable experience working on progressive arable units and in a machinery dealership, developing specific expertise in areas of precision farming. Within his role at Kuhn, he is involved in product development,...
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    Following a major review of its European operations, Ornua has announced a proposal to close its Whitchurch site.

    The proposal intends to transfer the production currently undertaken in Whitchurch to its nearby Nantwich cheese ingredients facility.

    In a statement announcing the move, the company said it anticipates that the majority of the 90 people employed at Whitchurch will transfer to the Nantwich facility.

    In optimising its production facilities Ornua believes it will be “more streamlined, more customer focused and be able to respond more effectively to market opportunities”.

    The proposal to cease operations at Whitchurch was announced to staff yesterday by senior management.

    The business will commence a statutory consultation period with employees potentially impacted to discuss ways of avoiding the proposed closure; ways to reduce the number of redundancies that will potentially occur as a result; and what other support and assistance can be provided to those potentially affected.

    Ornua’s Nantwich cheese ingredients facility is a well-invested natural cheese formatting operation and the headquarters of Ornua’s Ingredients Europe operations, according to the company.

    It produces multiple grated and diced cheese formats, a range of sliced cheese and delicatessen blocks and is the home of the Spinneyfields foodservice cheese brand....
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    A West Yorkshire farmer has been banned from keeping livestock for seven years, after failing to comply with animal welfare legislation.

    Appearing before Bradford Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 5, Jennifer Pickles (69) of High Royd Farm in Hebden Bridge, Calderdale, pleaded guilty to a number of offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

    The court heard she had also put the safety of the food chain at risk and had not taken the action required to prevent the spread of animal diseases.

    In addition to the livestock ban, Pickles was sentenced to 250 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay over £36,000 to Calderdale Council to cover costs relating to the case.

    Cllr. Susan Press, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Services and Communities, said: “We take animal welfare and disease control very seriously.


    Keeping farm animals is very different from having domestic pets. It’s essential that owners of livestock understand their specific needs and the regulations.

    “If anyone is found to be breaking the rules, we won’t hesitate to take enforcement action to help keep Calderdale safe.

    “The outcome of this case highlights the seriousness of the lack of care shown by Ms. Pickles towards her animals.”...
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    Michael Gove’s landmark speech on the environment

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    There is widespread coverage in Daily Telegraph (p2), Daily Express (p10), Sky News, i (p9) and ITV News of the speech on the environment that Environment Secretary Michael Gove will deliver later today at Kew Gardens.

    Daily Express, i, Sky News, and ITV News report that the Environment Secretary is expected to warn that “time is running out” as global warming accelerates. The Telegraph reports that the Environment Secretary is also expected to say that Margaret Thatcher would have backed the modern day government’s “moral need” to save the...
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    Northamptonshire Police is urging rural communities to look out for any suspicious activity following more incidents within the last week where livestock have been killed and professionally butchered in their fields.

    A total of 14 lambs were killed in a field off the A428 between Crick and West Haddon, sometime between 4:00pm on Sunday, July 7 and the same time the next day.

    The carcasses of 12 lambs were stolen and the remains left in the field, with a further two killed but left at the scene.

    Between 8:00am on Tuesday, July 9, and 8:00am on Wednesday, July 10, 21 lambs were slaughtered and stolen from a field off the Nobottle Road near Whilton in Daventry, with their remains left behind in the field.

    On Saturday morning (July 13), the remains of at least 10 sheep were found in a field in Harrington Road, Kelmarsh, and in Moulton, a lamb was found injured in a field in Boughton Road, after being tied up with electric fence wire.

    Across the three incidents at least 45 sheep have been killed.

    To help protect livestock and catch those responsible, Northamptonshire Police is urging people who live and work in rural locations to report anything suspicious they see.

    Neighbourhood Inspector Scott Little said: “To have this many incidents in just a few days is extremely concerning and we are appealing for information from the rural community to help...
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    Written by John Swire

    The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) is encouraging everybody involved with the farming industry to heighten their awareness of farm safety issues.

    This year’s annual Farm Safety Week runs from 15 to 19 July and provides an opportunity to shine a light on the safety record of our industry and to concentrate on practical ways of preventing accidents and fatalities on farms.

    TFA chief executive, George Dunn, said “Each and every accidental death on farms is a tragedy for the families, work colleagues, and friends of the deceased. With the Health and Safety Executive reporting that there were 39 fatalities on farms over the past 12 months and 3690 non-fatal accidents – twice the all industries figure – we all need to do a lot more to prevent accidents from occurring on farms.

    ”Whilst every farming situation will be different and require bespoke risk assessments, there is a lot of general advice that will be applicable to every farm business including properly planning activities, using well-maintained equipment, allowing enough time, having the correct protective clothing and having measures in place for lone workers.“

    We all must take responsibility to call out poor or dangerous practices on farms. Given the stresses and strains that occur in everyday farming life, it can be tempting to take shortcuts, particularly at busy times of the year. Whether...