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Outdated farm labour laws abolished

Defra’s plans to scrap the Agricultural Wages Board (AWB) – a panel setting pay abolished in all other sectors almost 20 years ago – were today included in a bill going through Parliament. It will mean that the law governing agricultural wages will be harmonised with the rest of the economy. This will end an […]

RSPCA celebrates success of Hunting Act with landmark case

RSPCA celebrates success of Hunting Act with landmark case

The RSPCA celebrated the success of its first ever prosecution of a traditional hunt when the Heythrop Hunt today pleaded guilty to four charges of intentionally hunting a fox with dogs on several occasions* (17 December) – an activity illegal under the Act. The case, based on footage of foxes being deliberately chased by dogs, […]

Landowners beware of overage payments when developing renewables projects

Landowners beware of overage payments when developing renewables projects

If the land was purchased in the last 50 years, previous owners may be entitled to a percentage of future capital land value increase as a result of gaining planning permission. The terms vary on the overage restrictions but generally a clause is designed to bind a purchaser and other future owners to pay the […]

DuPont Pioneer Forage Inoculant Patent upheld

DuPont Pioneer Forage Inoculant Patent upheld

The decision in favor of Pioneer by the European Patent Office (EPO) means that the key bacterial strain designed to improve fiber digestibility for livestock is patent-protected and covers all Pioneer fiber technology as silage inoculants. The Pioneer patent was challenged by Lactosan Starterkulturen GmbH & Co.KG, a subsidiary of H. Wilhelm Schaumann GmbH. The […]

Specialist agriculture law firm receives Top Tier industry ranking

Thrings also received recommendation for their work across a number of other specialisms, including corporate and commercial law, dispute resolution, finance, real estate and insurance. Described as having ‘formidable expertise and coverage along the M4 corridor’, the firm is commended for their work for the NFU and Isle of Wight farmer Brownrigg Poultry, as well […]

Farmers recommended to seek advice before signing National Grid Carbon (NGC) agreements

Farmers recommended to seek advice before signing National Grid Carbon (NGC) agreements

East Riding farmers and landowners in the preferred route corridor for the National Grid Carbon Capture and Storage Pipeline Project should ensure that they are taking appropriate advice before allowing any access or signing any agreements. The pipeline project would involve transporting carbon dioxide captured from the proposed Don Valley Power Project at Stainforth, via […]

NFU response to sustainable pesticide use legislation

The Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012 will come into force from July 18 2012 with the aim of encouraging best practice and reducing the risks associated with using pesticides including their effects on the environment. The NFU believes that the legislation will only have a small impact on regular spray operators who already […]

ADAS grow environmental services by offering tailored archaeological assessments

ADAS grow environmental services by offering tailored archaeological assessments

With local authorities requesting considerations to be made for heritage sites, ADAS has assembled a team of consultants with experience in archaeological plans, strategies, standards and systems on projects across the country. The archaeology team offers a number of services based on developers’ needs, starting with the Desk Based Assessment (DBA). The DBA looks at […]

NFU heralds landmark Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill

After more than a decade of campaigning, today’s announcement means that trade associations, such as the NFU, should be able to protect farmers and growers who, for too long, have been subjected to unfair practices by the major supermarkets. NFU President Peter Kendall said that Government had chosen to take a strong stance against an […]

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