1. Agriland RSS
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    Written by Hayley Lynch

    An accessible farm in the Carse of Stirling is for sale in two lots. Gogar Mains Farm is located at Blairlogie, Stirling and extends around 76.62ac in total.

    Blairlogie village is 1 mile in distance, while Stirling is four miles and Edinburgh is 40 miles. The M9 and M80 motorways are within easy reach giving access to Glasgow, Edinburgh and the south.

    The area is well catered for by established agricultural contractors and suppliers with the renowned Stirling Agricultural Centre lying approximately five miles to the west.

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    Lot 1 extends circa 3.52ac and includes the steading, farmhouse and bungalow.

    The farm buildings are predominately made of stone construction set under slate, corrugated iron and corrugated asbestos roof.

    There is an open-sided, general purpose shed of concrete portal frame construction set under a corrugated asbestos roof.

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    The farm steading benefits from planning consent granted by Stirling Council on January 31, 2018. It allows for the demolition of the existing buildings and the erection of eight new-build houses.

    Gogar Mains Farmhouse is a two-storey dwelling, which is...
  2. The Guardian RSS
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    Feb 17, 2019 at 3:12 PM
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    Chemicals firms move regulation to EU in case of no-deal Brexit

    Written by Jasper Jolly

    Fears of no-deal Brexit prompt 50 firms with UK operations to seek to use EU regulators

    The threat of a no-deal Brexit has prompted a slew of chemicals companies to move regulatory approvals from the UK to the EU to protect their ability to do business legally.

    More than 50 British chemicals companies with operations in the UK have applied to use EU regulators for critical authorisations that will become worthless if there is no transition arrangement following 29 March, the planned date of Brexit, according to data provided to the Guardian by the European commission.

    Related: Harmful household chemicals must be banned – health before commerce | Andreas Kortenkamp

    Related: Key EU medicines regulator closes London office with loss of 900 jobs

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  3. Agriland RSS
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    Feb 17, 2019 at 2:03 PM
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    The National Farmers’ Union has helped to mark the relaunch of the Hill Farming All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG).

    The group made up of MPs from across the political spectrum will work towards building a productive, profitable and sustainable uplands farming sector post-Brexit.

    Politicians at the event hosted by the NFU and MP Tim Farron earlier this week heard about the significant contributions of hill and uplands farming in producing food for the nation, maintaining and enhancing the environment and driving the rural community.

    Speakers also included Farming Minister George Eustice.

    NFU uplands forum chairman Thomas Binns said: “Upland farming is at the core of rural communities in Britain and plays a crucial role in producing high quality, safe and sustainable food for the nation.


    Farming this land also delivers a multitude of benefits for our cherished countryside, from grazing livestock to maintaining public footpaths. Caring for the environment and our iconic landscape is at the centre of all we do.

    “As we look ahead to a future outside of the EU, it has never been more important that new policy decisions recognise the vital contribution of the uplands to the nation and ensure these agricultural areas are valued for all the public goods they deliver, long into the future.”

    An uncertain future...
  4. Agriland RSS
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    Feb 17, 2019 at 12:02 PM
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    Belfast-headquartered agri-tech company Devenish is looking for an agricultural expert ready for an opportunity of a lifetime.

    The firm is on the hunt for a country manager to take the reins of its operations in Uganda.

    Devenish’s work in Uganda


    So far the Devenish has invested more than £1 million into supporting sustainable farming practices in Uganda, Africa.

    The venture is aimed at transforming the pig and feeds industry in Hoima, Western Uganda, by introducing high-quality products to farmers for the first time to help them make the transition from subsidence farming to sustainable commercial farming.

    The firm’s ‘One Health’ model links the health of soil to the health of society.

    With the improvement in the quality and quantity of pigs in the region, Devenish expects pork consumption and therefore protein levels amongst young schoolchildren to increase, which in turn has been shown to have a positive impact on academic performance.

    Devenish began the project in June 2013 supported by the Africa Agri-Development Fund and the Departments of Agriculture and Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Republic of Ireland.

    Michael Maguire, Devenish’s East African director, said: “Our aim is to promote and encourage sustainable agriculture whilst enriching livelihoods in Africa. We have seen significant progress in this area and as...
  5. The Guardian RSS
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    Feb 17, 2019 at 11:02 AM
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    Florida's farmers plot new course after Hurricane Michael's deadly tear

    Written by Richard Luscombe in Miami

    Storm’s assault through Panhandle has left growers moving away from traditional farming towards alternatives like hemp and hops

    Hurricane Michael’s deadly tear through Florida’s Panhandle four months ago will help fuel a transformation of the state’s agricultural industry, experts are predicting, with significant numbers of growers moving away from traditional farming and towards a future of alternative crops such as hemp and hops.

    Related: Florida: seafood industry struggles to recover after Hurricane Michael

    Related: The US won't be prepared for the next natural disaster

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    Feb 17, 2019 at 10:32 AM
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    Northern Irish farmers and their families hoping to pick up a few tips for the UK’s new tax rules have just two opportunities left to attend CAFRE’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ seminars.

    The seminars focusing on areas impacting on farm businesses have been organised by the College of Agri-Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) in partnership with Rural Support.

    The penultimate session will be delivered in Friel’s Restaurant, Swatragh on Thursday, February 21, 2019, with the last to be held at Greenmount Campus, Antrim on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

    The seminars are delivered by Lowry Grant from accountancy firm PKF-FPM and will include an overview of the new HMRC ‘Making Tax Digital’ system, specifically addressing issues surrounding the submission of records, choice of appropriate software and the cost implications for the farm business.

    To-date, more than 2,000 people have attended 20 seminars across Northern Ireland.

    The two additional sessions have been arranged due to demand. Both seminars are free to farmers, members of the farm family and employees.

    Attendees do not need to pre-register and should bring details of their Farm Business ID with them to register on the night.

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    Virtual fences, robot workers, stacked crops: farming in 2040

    Written by Jamie Doward

    Population growth and climate change mean we need hi-tech to boost crops, says a new report
    It is 2040 and Britain’s green and pleasant countryside is populated by robots. We have vertical farms of leafy salads, fruit and vegetables, and livestock is protected by virtual fencing. Changing diets have seen a decline in meat consumption while new biotech production techniques not only help preserve crops but also make them more nutritious.

    This is the picture painted in a report from the National Farmers Union which attempts to sketch out what British food and farming will look like in 20 years’ time.

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  8. Agriland RSS
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    Feb 17, 2019 at 5:12 AM
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    Robots, vertical farms and virtual fencing could soon be the farming of the future, according to a new trailblazing report from the National Farmers’ Union exploring what British food and farming will look like in 20 years.

    The ‘Future of Food 2040’ report highlights the importance of establishing a future domestic agricultural policy that enables the farming industry to increase its productivity, profitability and resilience in the future, which will be crucial for businesses to thrive in an increasingly volatile world.


    Looking beyond Brexit to how the country will evolve socially, technologically and environmentally, the report delves into:

    • How changing trends will impact food production;
    • What we’ll be eating;
    • How we’ll be buying it; and
    • How food will be produced.


    It also poses the question, what impact will this have on British farms and what’s needed to ensure the UK can take full advantage?

    Three case studies showcase cutting-edge technologies which are already being developed to revolutionise the way we farm by maximising productivity, data collection, precision and efficiency, all while benefitting the environment.

    NFU head of policy services, and author of the report, Dr. Andrea Graham said: “This report is a catalyst to encourage us all to start the debate about our food and our future so we can start to...
  9. AHDB Potatoes RSS
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    Uncertainty means it is the right time for additional storage provision

    Written by Jimmy.Phillips@ahdb.org.uk

    Industry view: Jonathan Papworth – Fen Edge Farming Ltd


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    At the time of writing yet another EU standing committee meeting has passed without a vote on CIPC. The uncertainty continues.

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    Sat, 02/16/2019

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  10. Agriland RSS
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    Written by Hayley Lynch

    Situated in a well-known and productive farming area is Blairfowl Farm, Fyvie, Turiff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Comprised in the sale is 407.96ac of land, a farmhouse, and a range of farm buildings.

    Turiff is 13 miles in distance, while Inverurie is 14 miles and Aberdeen is 25 miles.

    Inverurie includes accessibility to everyday amenities, as well as agricultural suppliers, an auction market and an abbatoir. Additionally, Turiff includes agricultural suppliers and an abbatoir as well.

    ‘Productive and fertile land’


    Blairfowl, which is situated in central Aberdeenshire, is in an area that is well known for its productive and fertile land.

    Lot 1 includes the farmhouse, farm outbuildings, 17 enclosures and 345.87ac; lot 2 comprises three enclosures and extends to 62.10ac – which is classified as Grade 3(2) with the moss being 5(3).

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    The land, in general, extends to 407.96ac and comprises two separate blocks; however, it is currently farmed as one. There is good accessibility via access from the public road network.

    The land, situated on the banks of the Ythan, is classified as LFA. According to the James Hutton Institute the...