Barbers Rural News

  • NFU warns of delays to CAP changes

    12th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    The NFU have warned that changes to the way in which farmers receive their single farm payment are likely to be delayed beyond the European Commission's 2014 deadline for CAP reform.

    Maeve Whyte, director of the NFU's Brussels office, said debate about what the proposals will look like was still going ahead between leaders in Europe – despite the plans being formally unveiled by European farm commissioner Dacian Ciolos on Wednesday (12 October).

    Speaking at an NFU council...

  • Sainsburys to double the amount of British food.

    12th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has announced plans to double the amount of British food it sells by 2020.  The target is part of its '20 by 20 Sustainability Plan' which sets out 20 sustainability targets to be achieved over the next nine years, including water stewardship, cutting relative carbon emissions by 65% and increasing sales of fair trade products to £1 billion.

    It also wants all meat, poultry, eggs, game and dairy products to be sourced from suppliers who "adhere to...

  • Halifax says house prices are 'lacking direction'.

    6th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    House prices are "lacking genuine direction", according to the Halifax, as it reported a 0.5% fall in values in September compared with August.

    Prices were down 2.3% from a year ago, leaving the average home in the UK worth £161,132, the lender said.

    It said there had been a mixed pattern of monthly changes in prices, but broad stability overall.

    And the lender said it expected little change in prices and activity during the...

  • Fight to save Bumblebees gets £340k boost.

    6th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    THE battle against dwindling bumblebee numbers has been given a £340,000 boost.

    The Bumblebee Conservation Trust (BBCT) is due to start a three year programme it hopes will halt the decline of some of the UK’s rarest bees.

    The Stirling University-based trust was awarded the cash by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and members of the BBCT will work with landowners, farmers, the public and schools to raise awareness of the the importance of...

  • Paice says CAP reforms risk turning back the clock.

    6th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    Farm minister Jim Paice says that plans to reform the Common Agricultural Policy are too comples and risk turning the clock back for UK farmers.  He went on to say that plans due to be unveiled in Europe next week needed to be simplified if the industry was going to become more competitive and increase food production.

    In a damning criticism of Europe’s farming commissioner, Mr Paice said Dacian Ciolos seemed intent on returning to the past of EU agriculture, to the detriment of...

  • Asda praised for changing misleading beef labels.

    5th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    The NFU has praised Asda for changing ‘misleading’ labels on packets of its fresh beef.

    The supermarket had originally stocked ‘Butchers Selection’ Hereford beef imported from Uruguay on its shelves but had not clearly indicated to consumers that the product was imported from South America.

    This led to the NFU publicly challenging the retailer to change the labels to ensure consumers knew what they are putting in their trolley.


  • Wheat prices at lowest point for a year.

    5th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    A report in the Farmers Weekly says that wheat prices have reached their lowest point for a year, falling by about £25/tonne over the past four weeks.  This puts the spot feed wheat price at around £140/tonne ex farm. 

    Grain markets are under severe pressure on fears of lower demand on a poor world economic outlook and higher harvests than had been expected. However, prices have now dipped low enough to create some buying interest.

    The Russian Grain Union is forecasting a...

  • Decision on badger cull expected soon.

    5th OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    Speaking at the Conservative party conference earlier this week, farm minister Jim Paice, said that a decision over whether to allow a pilot badger cull to tackle bovine TB willb e made within weeks.  He went on to admit that it had taken longer than expected to come up with firm cull proposals, but he hope progress would be made soon.

    “It’s been a lot harder than I thought it would be to deal with the minutia to make sure we will be in a position to respond to and rebut a judicial...

  • Spelman says the Government is backing British farmers.

    3rd OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor

    THE coalition Government is backing British farmers, Defra Secretary Caroline Spelman has told the Conservative Party Conference.

    Mrs Spelman said her Government was promoting a ‘rural renaissance’, with farming at the heart of its plans.

    Last week, her Shadow, Mary Creagh, claimed in Liverpool that Labour was ‘the party of the countryside’.

    This week in Manchester, Mrs Spelman hit back insisting the coalition was ‘prioritising the...

  • Euro exchange rate set for 2011 SFP

    3rd OctoberPosted by Louise Taylor


    The European Central Bank has released the Euro exchange rate that will be used for calculating SPS 2011 payments. It will be 0.86665.
    Every year, according to the Rural Payments Agency, 500-600 claimants fail to notify the Agency of a change of bank details leading to these farmers not being paid as early as they could be.

    Farmers in England are advised to check their records now and,  if necessary, provide RPA with up to date bank account details, especially...