Shocking figures show that pig virus PMWS, which is present on 99% of pig farms, costs producers as much as £84 per animal, according to a study aimed at combating endemic disease.
A farm consultancy in Northamptonshire has joined forces with a national arable company to organise farm scale crop demonstrations to help growers cut production costs.
Farmers and rural businesses will see some benefits from last month’s Budget – but there was frustration too that the government could have done more.
NFU leaders met Tesco representatives to discuss the supermarket’s commitments to “source closer to home” and build partnerships with British farmers.
Hundreds of jobs could be created by an industry-led apprenticeship programme to boost training opportunities in food and farming and help young people develop careers in agriculture.
Patchy oilseed rape crops will need closer monitoring to avoid pollen beetle damage this season, warns eastern counties independent agronomist Andrew Blazey, of Prime Agriculture.
Tributes are being paid to former farm minister Jim Paice, who has chosen to stand down as an MP at the next general election.
The Country Land and Business Association is urging local councils in the region to undertake vital repairs to minor roads and rural routes seriously damaged by winter weather.
Animal health advisers are being reminded to ensure that farmers make the most of limited grass when their cattle are turned out this spring.
Spring cropping with pulses can help to fight the ever-increasing problems from blackgrass in cereal crops, growers are bring told.