1. Cap Reform.eu
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    Apr 4, 2018
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    The CAP and migration

    Written by Alan Matthews

    One of the more unexpected sections in the Commission Communication The Future of Food and Farming published in November 2017 was the very final section on Migration. This begins “The future CAP must play a larger role in implementing the outcome of the Valetta (sic) Summit, addressing the root causes of migration.” This is, to my knowledge, the first time that an explicit link has been made between the CAP and migration pressures from countries outside the EU in a Commission publication. For example, in the most recent EU Policy Coherence for Development report from 2015, the section on agricultural policy makes no reference to migration.

    The root causes of migration

    However, 2015 was the year in which more than one million undocumented migrants and refugees arrived in Europe, and several thousands more died in their attempt to cross the Mediterranean. In May of that year, the Commission published its communication A European Agenda on Migration. This referred briefly to the need to address the root causes of irregular migration and...
  2. The Guardian RSS
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    Apr 4, 2018
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    USDA secretary accused of siding with industry over science in new report

    Written by Jessica Glenza in New York

    A Union of Concerned Scientists report said Sonny Perdue was ‘sidelining science’ and called for congressional scrutiny of the agency


    Donald Trump’s agriculture secretary, Sonny Perdue, has been criticized for rolling back school nutrition standards, attempting to upend the food stamps program, rejecting World Health Organization guidelines on antibiotics in agriculture and ending a pesticide ban, in a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) advocacy group.

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  3. Rock and Roll Farming RSS
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    Apr 4, 2018
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    054 Twice Around the World

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    Tonight I'm delighted to be heading up to Perthshire in Scotland to talk to farmer, consultant, and host of the Pasture Pod Podcast Michael Blanche @totallyewesome

    We start off with talking about how the hell he developed an interest in farming, given he's the son of an accountant and a teacher, and how he got his first sheep and a tractor at the tender age of 3.

    We discuss how he went from being an almost beret-wearing English student, to being a tweed underpants wearing REALM student at Harper Adams, and how this in turn led to a job in land agency.

    We go into why ultimately this wasn't for him, and the next step which was working as a farm advisor for SAC, before talking about his first steps into the zany World of sheep farming, which was partly inspired by a life changing trip to Wales.

    We talk about the initial challenges, and how in the first five years he TRAVELLED THE EQUIVALENT OF TWICE AROUND THE WORLD (?!) to see his sheep, and also the heartbreak of being repeatedly turned down for farm tenancies.

    We hear at length about his Nuffield scholarship 'The Farming Ladder', and how the experiences he had, and 1st generation farmers he met from all around the World, changed his outlook and increased his determination and need to farm even more.

    We also talk about how eventually, at the 8th time of...
  4. AHDB Potatoes RSS
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    Apr 3, 2018
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    AHDB Guidance to help with new rules for water

    Written by Jimmy.Phillips@ahdb.org.uk

    From 2 April 2018 all farmers in England will need to meet new government rules to protect water quality.

    The farming rules for water build upon the good practice already in operation and relate to managing fertilisers, manures and soils.

    Release Date:
    Tue, 04/03/2018

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  5. News
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    Apr 3, 2018


    A new gold plus identifier has been introduced to help ram buyers identify top stock with the most productive genetics which could improve their profitability.

    The new identifier was created following the success of Signet Breeding Services’ ‘Seek the Standard’ campaign in 2017, and indicates rams in the top 5 per cent of their breed, based on index.

    This is in addition to the gold and silver identifiers which indicate rams in the top 10 and 25 per cent of their breed, respectively.

    Emma Steele, Signet Specialist Breeding Adviser, said: “High-index rams can increase profitability by £3-4 per lamb. Over a ram’s lifetime, this is an extra £1,000. These identifiers are part of the ‘Seek the Standard’ campaign, which encourages breeders to ‘Seek, Check and Review’ to ensure they buy rams with high genetic merit.

    “The response to the 2017 campaign was brilliant and we had breeders making their own identifiers to show their stock had higher indexes than the top 10 per cent. Due to this demand, we are running the campaign again with an additional ‘gold plus’ identifier, so ram buyers can easily spot rams in the top 5 per cent of their breed, as well as the top 10 and 25 per cent.”

    Matt Harding, pedigree breeder of Bentley Suffolks, has used the identifiers and said: “The 2017 campaign gave us another opportunity to make our stock stand out at sales. The gold and silver identifiers made it easy for buyers to spot high-index rams at a glance.

    “We’re looking forward to...
  6. News
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    Apr 3, 2018


    From 2 April 2018 all farmers in England will need to meet new government rules to protect water quality.

    The farming rules for water build upon the good practice already in operation and relate to managing fertilisers, manures and soils.

    AHDB has a wealth of relevant information to help farmers, including guidance on soil testing and nutrient management planning in the Nutrient Management Guide (RB209), managing field drainage and on soil management.

    Dr Nicola Dunn, AHDB Resource Management Scientist, says: “The agricultural industry has already taken great steps to lessen its impact on and improve the local environment. AHDB will continue to help farmers and growers with best practice on soil, nutrient and manure management through our guidance, workshops and events.”

    The new rules are broken down into eight parts, five about managing fertilisers and manures and three on managing soils.

    The fertiliser rules require farmers to test their soils, then plan and apply fertiliser or manure to improve soil nutrient levels and meet crop needs. They include minimum storage and spreading distances from water bodies. They also require farmers to assess weather and soil conditions to reduce the risk of runoff and soil erosion.

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  7. CPM RSS
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    Apr 2, 2018
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    Written by Jane

    CPM find out why blight control strategies will have to change this season if potato growers are to combat the spread of a new aggressive, fungicide-insensitive/resistant strain of the disease. Agronomy firm Hutchinsons state the dark green 37_A2 form of Phytopthora infestans has quickly spread across Europe, reaching England two years ago when five cases were reported. Around 20 cases were officially recorded in 2017, mainly in the West Mids, Yorks and Kent, and more recently in Suffolk, but Hutchinsons root crop technical manager Darryl Shailes believes the actual figure could be higher and all crops no matter where they are grown are potentially at risk. The new strain is at least, if not more, aggressive than the dominant blue 13_A2 and pink 6_A1, but the crucial difference is that it appears equally aggressive on foliar and tuber blight, he warns. “There was a massive failure of fluazinam at the Eurofins blight trials last year and dark green 37_A2 was implicated in several cases of store breakdown,” says Darryl. Darryl Shailes, Hutchisons root crop technical manager Furthermore, dark green 37_A2 has reduced sensitivity to fluazinam, which is in many fungicides often used towards the end of the season to reduce…
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    Written by Jane

    Increasing access to soil resources by improving root health offers a largely untapped opportunity to boost flagging cereal crop potential, says Syngenta. Accordingly, this will be one of several themes from the company at this year’s Cereals Event (13 and 14 June 2018, Chrishall Grange, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, stand number 619). “Healthier roots are essential to enable crops to fully utilise what the soil has to offer,” says Syngenta seedcare campaign manager, Mark Bullen. “As well as providing a larger surface area for absorbing water and nutrients, deeper roots can aid plant vigour and drought tolerance and, ultimately, support higher outputs. “It’s been suggested that a decline in root density is behind the current plateauing of wheat yields.” Since last autumn, Syngenta has been collating root growth results from farms around the country where its new SDHI-based fungicide seed treatment, Vibrance Duo (fludioxinil+ sedaxane) has been used. Launched in the UK from last autumn, for use on seed of winter wheat, winter triticale, winter rye and spring oats, Vibrance Duo is first and foremost for control of establishment diseases such as seed-borne fusarium, says Mark, but it has also shown clear root-enhancing effects. “Latest on-farm results have been fantastic. Root mass…
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  9. The Guardian RSS
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    Apr 1, 2018
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    Pacific workers, not backpackers, should do Australia’s regional work – World Bank

    Written by Ben Doherty

    Boost to Pacific economies would be equivalent to 26% of Australia’s entire aid budget for the region, report argues

    Australia should consider abolishing the three-month regional work requirement for holidaying backpackers and fill the labour gap with an expanded seasonal worker program to help boost Pacific economies, the World Bank argues in a new report.

    Backpackers outnumber seasonal workers by six to one in Australia’s agricultural sector, with more than 36,000 taking jobs, mainly in horticulture, each year.

    Related: 'Get naked if you like': the Australian working holiday from hell

    Related: Hungry, poor, exploited: alarm over Australia's import of farm workers

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  10. News
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    Mar 30, 2018


    Why reading the guidance first could save you time and effort


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    We update our guidance every year, so it’s important to read it to find out what’s changed, before you submit an application or complete a form. All of the guidance is in one place on GOV.UK, so it's easy to find.

    For example, the ‘Basic Payment Scheme: rules for 2018’, as well as the ‘How to claim BPS online in 2018’ and the ‘How to apply using a paper form in 2018’ guides, explain what’s new for the current year.

    We’ve found that many people are missing important information that could save them having to complete a form at all because they don’t read the guidance first.

    It could also mean that people could submit a BPS application without fully understanding the new Greening requirements introduced this year.

    Most people search for the RLE1 form online, then start to complete it right away. They only read the guidance if they have a problem.

    Reading the guidance before you submit an application or complete a form, will clearly tell you:

    • what you need to do
    • how you need to do it
    • whether you actually need to do something in the first place
    If you think you need to change your maps
    Following our recent mapping updates, if you want to amend your land maps you may not need to...