Farmers reported a much improved service from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for 2012 – which is certainly in contrast to earlier years. The checklist (below) provides some key issues to be aware of before making your claim, says Ed Barker.
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.
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.
Dairy farmers will have more power to get a good deal in the marketplace under changes that came into effect on Monday (8 April), says the government.
Harlow MP Robert Halfon met glasshouse growers at the House of Commons last month to mark National Salad Awareness Day.
Former farm minister Jim Paice has been appointed to the board of NIAB – the Cambridge-based centre for applied crop research and knowledge transfer.
NFU sugar board chairman William Martin and sugar board member John Goodchild have both been re-elected to the board for a further three years.