The drive to ban Glythosate has been questioned by MEPs insisting it is an attack on Monsanto and not based on sound Science. A debate was held on Monday (20 November) after the potion from across the EU looking to ban the use of Glythosate was signed by 1.3 million.
German agrochemical giant Bayer has teamed up with Bosch to develop a smart spraying system which could reduce chemical usage by 20%. It will automatically detect the type of weeds and switch the herbicide in use as well as only target the areas where weeds are present. Very interesting.
Just a reminder to everyone that TractAir will be attending Croptec on the 29th-30th November see you their.
Protecting and enhancing soil health is expected to be ‘at heart’ of a flagship environment scheme by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This new type of scheme could be at the centre of the governments agricultural policy’s for post-Brexit Britain. These comments where made at the Tenant Farmers Association conference at Stoneleigh.
NFU Scotland has raised concerns over the plan which would raise the minimum wage for all agricultural workers regardless of age and duty. This would mean far higher expenditure for farmers who employ workers. NFUS has warned that as a result farmers may have to turn to contractors in the future in order to keep down costs during a time of falling incomes, as well as greatly increasing the cost of Scottish food in comparison to the rest of the United Kingdom.
Fresh doubt has been cast over the future usage of Glyphosate after EU member states failed to agree on a proposal to renew its licence. On Thursday the 9th The Standing Committee on Plant Animal Food and Feed met to discuss the European Commission proposal to renew Glyphosate however failed to do so, following an exchange of views from representatives of the member states.
Mr Breitmeyer succeeds Ross Murray as the 53rd president in the CLA’s 110-year history. Mr Breitmeyer comes to the head of the organisation during a time of great change for the agricultural sector and has said “It is an opportunity to do better for farming, for our environment and wider land use and for investment in rural communities. I look forward to leading the association as we play our role in shaping policy at this crucial time.” The CLA is the membership organisation for owners of land, property and business in rural England and Wales. Mr Breitmeyer himself farms 1,600 acres as well as contract-farming a further 3,200 acres.
A joint letter released by four farming unions NFU, NFU Cyrmu, NFU Scotland and the Ulster farmers’ Union has been sent to president Junker, EU farm commissioner Phil Hogan and Eu health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis. The letter comes as the European Commission decided to not extend the products licence beyond the next 5 years. Experts predict that with no current viable alternative available that their will be far reaching consequences.
A recent 20-page briefing by Chatham House says that the UK will need to develop new agricultural policies for every potential Brexit outcome, as well as climate change, disease and economic downturn. The slash to subsides is recommend in order to boost benefits from free trade and to protect the environment in the long term. This is one model suggested within the article where cost administration costs could lower and a payment system where it can incentive’s environmentally protective measures. This model would increase production as it would also allow for uneconomic farms to continue production as the support is decoupled from the production.
See the full Publication here: http://bit.ly/2j2MaQz
TractAir is exhibiting at LAMMA 2018 this event is taking place 17th and 18th January 2018. Maybe make it a new years resolution to come and see us? LAMMA is being held at East of England Showground Peterborough. Attendance to the event is free with free car parking provided for up to 10,000 cars. More information on LAMMA 2018 here.