Category: FUW News

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Farmers from Brecon and radnor have highlighted their concerns about the future of farming during a recent farm visit in south east Wales. Opening the gates to his farm Pencoedcae near Tredegar, FUW Vice President Brian Bowen welcomed newly elected mP Fay Jones to discuss issues such as the agricultural Bill, the urgent need for frameworks and Brexit. Brian runs a mixed suckler cow and hill sheep unit and the farm consists of 150 acres of owned land with a further 1,000 rented acres and 1,200 acres of common rights on three separate commons. speaking about the agriculture Bill, Brian Bowen said: “The Bill does nothing to ensure food imported to the UK meets UK standards – despite ministerial assurances that imported food would meet our standards. That is a huge concern for our farmers.” While Clause 27 of the Bill, gives the secretary of state powers to impose written contracts or specific contract terms, it still falls short he stressed. “The Bill does not extend the powers of the Groceries adjudicator to cover the whole supply chain. We will therefore continue to stress that farmers selling produce to a supermarket via an intermediary or processor will remain vulnerable.” Farmers further highlighted the urgent need for frameworks in the UK if the UK’s ‘home market’ is to continue working properly and fairly. “We need frameworks to prevent unfair competition between producers in different parts of the UK. The Direct Payments to Farmers (Legislative Continuity) Order illustrates our fears: It removes the eU Pillar 1 financial ceilings mainly to allow scotland to pay more money to farmers following Lord Bew’s review of payments. “If an additional windfall promised by the UK Government in august 2019 is paid through the BPs in 2020, the difference between average scottish and Welsh farm payments will be around £16,200. Paying such an additional sum was not possible under the eU framework as it would have exceeded the Pillar 1 financial ceiling,” said Brian Bowen.

FarMers in Caernarfonshire have been urged not to join the long list of fatality statistics, and make their safety on farm a priority. speaking after a recent County executive meeting, FUW Caernarfonshire County Chairman...

Farming fears raised with MP

Farmers from Brecon and radnor have highlighted their concerns about the future of farming during a recent farm visit in south east Wales. Opening the gates to his farm Pencoedcae near Tredegar, FUW Vice...

Helping farmland birds survive

Farmers across Wales are embracing conservation work and aiming to increase biodiversity on their holdings. many are actively providing habitats that will help reverse a decline in species, often without grant aid. John and...

Avoid penalties

Farmers are being urged to remember the hedge cutting regulations which are in place as part of cross compliance to avoid a penalty on their BPs payment. FUW Deputy President Ian rickman said: “most...

Positive impact

At a meeting hosted by Castell Howell, FUW Senior Policy Officer, Dr Hazel Wright, met with Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe, in order to discuss how the Well Being of Future Generations Act could...

Amaethyddiaeth: Ddoe, heddiw ac yfory…

gan euros Jones, swyddog Cynlluniau amaeth-amgylcheddol FUW MAe’r berthynas rhwng cynaliadwyedd ag amaethyddiaeth yn ddyrys, ond yn hanfodol. Yng Nghymru, mae’r diwydiant amaeth yn rheoli’r amgylchedd, yn greiddiol i’r strwythur economaidd, ac yn asgwrn...

Work underway to tackle ash dieback disease

woRk is underway in Carmarthenshire to tackle a serious fungal disease which is affecting ash trees across the country. It is estimated that 90 per cent of ash trees could die from ash dieback...

Su’mae o swyddfa Caernarfon

Gwynedd Watkin Uwch Swyddog Gweithredol Sirol Pa mor hir gyda’r Undeb? 28 mlynedd, 136 diwrnod (ar y 10fed o Chwefror!!!) ac ychydig o oriau, yn ddibynol ar faint o’r gloch y byddwch chi’n darllen...