Covid-19

‘Flexibility in Covid-19 job retention scheme needed for rural Scotland’ – SLE

‘Flexibility in Covid-19 job retention scheme needed for rural Scotland’ – SLE

Limitations in the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is one of the chief concerns of rural companies during the Covid-19 crisis,...

April 12, 2020

Farmers report surge in fly-tipping incidents as lockdown sees dumps closed

Farmers report surge in fly-tipping incidents as lockdown sees dumps closed

Rural areas around the UK have seen a dramatic increase in fly-tipping over the last number of weeks, with many...

April 12, 2020

NI vets could be drafted into hospitals in Covid-19 continguency plan

NI vets could be drafted into hospitals in Covid-19 continguency plan

Northern Ireland vets could be drafted into hospitals to help with the Covid-19 response, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and...

April 10, 2020

DAERA relaxes herd restrictions for herds overdue TB tests

DAERA relaxes herd restrictions for herds overdue TB tests

Northern Ireland’s Minister of Agriculture Edwin Poots has relaxed herd restrictions for herds overdue their TB tests. The decision comes...

April 9, 2020

Farmers urged to reduce risks as Northern Ireland’s Air Ambulance is grounded

Farmers urged to reduce risks as Northern Ireland’s Air Ambulance is grounded

Farmers in Northern Ireland have been urged to take extra measures to reduce their risk of an accident while working....

April 8, 2020

UK farmers forced to dump milk as Covid-19 knocks processing capacity

UK farmers forced to dump milk as Covid-19 knocks processing capacity

Farmers in parts of England say they have been asked to dump their milk as processors struggle to work through...

April 6, 2020

NFU Mutual launches £32 million industry support package

NFU Mutual launches £32 million industry support package

A £32 million support package to support agriculture through Covid-19 has been made available by rural insurer NFU Mutual. The...

April 6, 2020

Scottish rural organisations plea with those exercising in the countryside

Scottish rural organisations plea with those exercising in the countryside

With the country in lockdown and all gyms and sporting facilities closed; people have taken to new forms of exercise...

April 4, 2020

Scottish flock of sheep enlisted in battle against Covid-19

Scottish flock of sheep enlisted in battle against Covid-19

Researchers at the University of Dundee are using sheep in the fight against Covid-19. The flock will be used to...

April 3, 2020

DAERA minister calls for halt to prescribed burning

DAERA minister calls for halt to prescribed burning

Northern Ireland Minister of Agriculture Edwin Poots has urged farmers and land managers to halt all prescribed burning in the...

April 2, 2020

Emergency measures to support Welsh farmers during Covid-19 unveiled

Emergency measures to support Welsh farmers during Covid-19 unveiled

A series of emergency measures to support Welsh farmers during the Covid-19 outbreak has been announced by Minister for Environment,...

April 2, 2020

Food prices likely to rise as Covid-19 takes toll on supply chains

Food prices likely to rise as Covid-19 takes toll on supply chains

UK food prices are likely to rise according to retailers, as labour shortages, and supply chain disruption caused by Covid-19...

April 2, 2020

Opinion: ‘We face a fast-paced, unfamiliar and invisible enemy – but we face it together’

Opinion: ‘We face a fast-paced, unfamiliar and invisible enemy – but we face it together’

By Edwin Poots – Minister for Agriculture for Northern Ireland As a nation, we are facing the biggest health crisis...

April 1, 2020

NI NAP derogation and accounts submission deadlines extended

NI NAP derogation and accounts submission deadlines extended

Key nutrient paperwork deadlines have been extended until April 30 in Northern Ireland, Minister Edwin Poots has confirmed. Farmers will now...

April 1, 2020

Balmoral Park under consideration to become NI field hospital

Balmoral Park under consideration to become NI field hospital

May is always a lively time at Balmoral showgrounds but despite the postponement of the 2020 show, this spring the...

April 1, 2020

UK facing flour shortages as baking becomes lockdown pastime

UK facing flour shortages as baking becomes lockdown pastime

The UK is self-sufficient in flour, producing about 90,000t every week. Yet many people are experiencing shortages in supermarkets and...

April 1, 2020

APHA to defer rollout of new 6-month TB testing regime

APHA to defer rollout of new 6-month TB testing regime

Plans to implement tighter, six-monthly TB tests in Shropshire and Staffordshire will be deferred until after the Covid-19 pandemic is...

March 30, 2020

NI farmers urged to complete Single Application now

NI farmers urged to complete Single Application now

The Minister for Agriculture in Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots has urged all farmers and agents to continue to submit their...

March 30, 2020