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  1. August 7, 2014

    EU stands ready to support farmers from sanctions fallout

    Russian food Moscow’s ban on western food imports poses a grave challenge to the EU, although European pig farmers have...

  2. August 7, 2014

    Russia threatens to go beyond food sanctions

    Fears of a damaging trade war between Russia and the west grew as Moscow banned imports of a wide range of agricultural and...

  1. January 24, 2014

    Purple tomato juice from Canadian GM crop heads for trial in UK

    Two thousand litres of purple tomato juice, pressed from genetically modified fruit grown in Canada, are heading for Britain...

  2. January 23, 2014

    UK scientists genetically modify crops to produce fish oil

    Scientists think they may have found a way to modify crops genetically to produce the two most important fatty acids in fish...

  3. December 2, 2013

    German farmers reap benefits of harvesting renewable energy

    Dirk Ketelsen is a farmer but these days most of his income comes from harvesting the wind. On Germany’s North Sea coast,...

  4. October 20, 2013

    France maintains hard line on EU transatlantic trade talks

    Paris will keep up pressure on EU negotiators to stick to a hard line on key agricultural issues in talks with the US on a...

  5. September 27, 2013

    Wheat prices jump to two-month high

    Grain traders adjusted their positions ahead of Monday’s quarterly inventory report from the US government, pushing wheat to...

  6. June 26, 2013

    EU agricultural overhaul puts onus on farmers to be green

    Subsidy payments worth tens of billions of euros to EU farmers under the bloc’s agricultural policy will increasingly depend...

  7. June 20, 2013

    Lib Dems attack Owen Paterson as ‘cheerleading for GM industry’

    Owen Paterson’s rallying call in favour of GM crops prompted a backlash from Liberal Democrats, who urged the environment...

  8. May 31, 2013

    Organic farmer says figures show need for badger cull

    Charles Mann is admiring a couple of his prize Aberdeen Angus cattle when the subject turns to badgers. “If only we had...

  9. March 13, 2013

    Brussels sugar quotas look set to stay

    The EU’s system of sugar quotas looks set to continue at least until 2020 after MEPs voted on Wednesday to preserve it, in...

  10. March 8, 2013

    UK set for GM food push in Europe

    Britain is preparing to champion genetically modified crops in Europe in an attempt to overturn en­trenched resistance among...

  11. March 6, 2013

    Study recommends bigger cull of deer

    First, it was the badger. Now the deer is staring down the barrel of a gun as scientists warn rapidly rising numbers of...

  12. February 19, 2013

    Developing world boost for GM crops

    More than half of the world’s genetically modified crop area in 2012 was in developing rather than industrialised countries...

  13. February 17, 2013

    US union warns Obama on trade talk tactics

    The largest US labour union has warned the Obama administration and the European Commission not to use fresh transatlantic...

  14. February 14, 2013

    Badger culling unlikely to stop spread of TB

    A widespread badger culling programme will not stop tuberculosis spreading in cattle completely because the animals have...

  15. January 9, 2013

    Poor harvests force Hovis to turn to EU grain

    Hovis, one of the UK’s top-selling breads, is to abandon its pledge to use only British wheat in its loaves following...

  16. January 3, 2013

    Farmers count cost of extreme weather

    With a third of his livelihood under water – for the third time in as many months – Richard Bramley, an arable farmer in...

  17. November 25, 2012

    EU disaccord stresses Paris-Berlin divide

    François Hollande, the French president, and Angela Merkel, German chancellor, were determined to put a brave face on the...

  18. November 22, 2012

    Morrison puts foreign meat on shelves

    William Morrison, the UK’s fourth biggest supermarket and hitherto a stalwart supporter of British agriculture, has quietly...

  19. November 18, 2012

    EU makes budget plans without UK

    EU officials have begun work on a plan to create a long-term budget without the UK in a move that reflects mounting...

  20. November 15, 2012

    France rejects EU budget compromise

    France has dismissed a compromise proposal for the EU’s long-term budget as unacceptable, further complicating efforts to...

  21. November 13, 2012

    EU states fight UK spending campaign

    Sixteen EU states have stepped up their lobbying against a UK-led campaign to freeze EU spending, warning it could harm the...

  22. October 29, 2012

    Members on guard ahead of EU budget

    A proliferation of competing national claims for rebates from Brussels is complicating efforts to broker a deal over the...

  23. October 16, 2012

    Brussels to unveil new biofuels policy

    The European Commission will on Wednesday present a revamp of its policy for biofuels despite furious objections from the...

  24. October 16, 2012

    Golden glow set to fade from UK fields

    Britain’s canary-yellow fields of rapeseed are set to become a rarer sight after an EU rethink on biofuel – delivering a...

  25. October 5, 2012

    Portugal’s graduates plough into farming

    If André Ferreira were a typical Portuguese farmer, as defined by official statistics, he would be 63 and have only a...

  26. September 20, 2012

    EU faces bacon shortage as herds fall

    A global shortage of bacon beckons as European farmers continue to cull their pig herds in the face of higher feed prices,...

  27. September 17, 2012

    Brussels rethinks rules on biofuels

    The European Commission is to overhaul rules encouraging the use of biofuels amid concerns that the policies may have...

  28. September 17, 2012

    Licence to shoot badgers issued

    Authorities have issued England’s first shooting licence for a widespread badger cull in an effort to to stop the spread of...

  29. September 10, 2012

    Pig farmers quit as feed prices soar

    The traditional British bacon and egg fry-up could become a rarer treat as the rising cost of animal feed forces a growing...

  30. August 22, 2012

    Farmers battle to bring home the bacon

    To hear some recount it, the tale of British agriculture is one of a paradise lost. Farming’s share of economic output has...

  31. August 22, 2012

    Farmers urged to organise to fight corner

    The government and union leaders are urging farmers to meet the might of supermarkets by organising themselves into producer...

  32. August 9, 2012

    High temperatures scorch Balkans economies

    In the fields around Belciugatele, a village east of Bucharest, the sunflowers are shrivelled and drooping, the maize plants...

  33. July 27, 2012

    Expect more drama in milk wars saga

    So much for bucolic scenes of contented farmers herding milch cows in the hot July sun. This week, hundreds of dairy farmers...

  34. July 20, 2012

    The Long View: a diet of hard truths

    There is a kind of honesty in commodity markets. They tend to turn a mirror to the state of the economy rather more directly...

  35. July 17, 2012

    Dairy Crest eases milk contract terms

    Dairy Crest, the milk processor, has agreed to loosen the terms on its contracts with dairy farmers in a bid to head off a...

  36. July 10, 2012

    Legal action threat over flooded fields

    Farmers in the south-west of England are considering legal action against the Environment Agency over its refusal to use...

  37. July 10, 2012

    Low level of UK food security highlighted

    The UK has the lowest level of food security in western Europe, according to research published on Tuesday. The UK is far...

  38. July 6, 2012

    Dairy farmers in ‘milk strike’ threat

    Britain faces the prospect of a “milk strike” during the Olympic Games partly because of a collapse in cream prices across...

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