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Friday 10 April 2015

Wales

FUW Anglesey farmers get chance to question general election candidates on future of rural industry

FUW Anglesey farmers get chance to question general election candidates on future of rural industry

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Thursday 09 April 2015

Wales

Action needed to boost farmgate prices, says FUW

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has warned of a desperate need for improved farmgate returns given low farm incomes and the uncertainty facing the industry over the coming years.

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Tuesday 07 April 2015

Wales

FUW Ceredigion to host general election hustings

The Ceredigion branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is holding a special meeting to provide members and friends of the union with an opportunity to quiz general election candidates in the county.

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Tuesday 31 March 2015

Wales

Milk quota abolition no April Fool’s

Tomorrow sees dairy producers in Wales waking up to the abolition of the European quota system that has operated to limit EU milk production for 30 years.

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Friday 20 March 2015

Wales

FUW urges reporting of found dead badgers

As the warmer spring weather leads to a marked increase in badger activity, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging farmers and members of the public to report badgers killed by vehicles to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) so they can be tested for bovine TB.

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Thursday 19 March 2015

Wales

Budget announcement a sigh of relief for farmers

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed the Chancellor’s budget announcement that farmers will be allowed to average their earnings over a five-year period.

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Wednesday 04 March 2015

Wales

Ceredigion farmer hosts sugar farmer to show support for Fairtrade

A Welsh organic arable and dairy farmer and a sugar farmer from Malawi will compare their different experiences of trying to achieve a fair price for their produce on a visit to a Ceredigion farm on Friday (March 6).

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Thursday 26 February 2015

Wales

Dramatic farm income falls highlight need for focussed RDP

Figures released today by the Welsh Government predicting dramatic falls in farm incomes this financial year highlight the need for a greater emphasis on improving farm incomes under the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan.

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Friday 20 February 2015

Wales

FUW Meirionnydd to host election hustings

The Farmers’ Union of Wales Meirionnydd branch is inviting members and friends of the union to join a lively discussion with representatives of the political parties in at a special meeting held at Dolgellau at the end of February

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Wales

Montgomeryshire Farmers question top level politicians

Farming representatives from the Farmers’ Union of Wales Montgomeryshire branch met with top level politicians when they visited Welshpool Livestock Sales on Monday February 16.

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Wednesday 11 February 2015

Wales

FUW rejects Red Tractor beef lifetime assurance

The Farmers' Union of Wales has rejected proposals to ratchet up Red Tractor Farm Assurance rules on the grounds that it would add to bureaucracy and increase costs along the whole supply chain.

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Tuesday 10 February 2015

Wales

FUW reminds farmers of Glastir Advanced application window

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is highlighting the reopening of the Glastir Advanced window to those farmers who might be interested.

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Thursday 05 February 2015

Wales

FUW Ceredigion celebrates local produce with farmhouse breakfast functions

The Ceredigion branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales joined in the effort to highlight the importance of having a good breakfast by hosting two farmhouse breakfast functions during the annual Farmhouse Breakfast week (January 25 to 31).

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Wales

Meirionnydd breakfasts huge success

The Meirionnydd branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales has held three successful breakfast functions in aid of last month’s annual Farmhouse Breakfast Week (January 25 to 31) - a campaign organised since 2000 by the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) .

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Wednesday 04 February 2015

Wales

Carmarthenshire farmer urges vigilance following sheep theft

Farmers’ Union of Wales member Alan Price who farms at Dafadfa Isaf, Gwynfe, Llangadog, in partnership with his wife Ellen, today urged farmers throughout the county to be vigilant after the recent theft of several in-lamb ewes on the farm.

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Tuesday 03 February 2015

Wales

FUW Glamorgan to host young entrants scheme and succession information evening

The Glamorgan branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is taking the lead on succession planning with an open meeting focused on the opportunities for new entrants and succession planning by holding an open meeting on Monday February 16.

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Thursday 29 January 2015

Wales

FUW welcomes private vet involvement in TB testing

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed deputy farming and food minister Rebecca Evans' announcement that private vets will remain at the heart of TB testing procedures in Wales.

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Friday 23 January 2015

Wales

Procurement of Welsh dairy produce vital for home industry, FUW tells UK supermarkets

In the face of the current dairy crisis, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is once again calling on major UK supermarkets to commit to the procurement of Welsh dairy produce, and to ensure that the prices paid for dairy products are such that confidence in the long term future of the sector is revived.

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Wednesday 21 January 2015

Wales

FUW members discuss future of farming

The Farmers’ Union of Wales Meirionnydd county branch annual general meeting at the end of the month will give members an opportunity to look at the current state of the agricultural industry and consider its future direction.

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Tuesday 20 January 2015

Wales

FUW calls for greater government action to strengthen dairy sector

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has today welcomed the publication of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) dairy prices report and called on the UK government to correct those issues which have allowed supply chain imbalances to continue.

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Wales

FUW Ceredigion to celebrate local produce at breakfast functions

The Ceredigion branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is joining in the effort to highlight the importance of having a good breakfast by hosting two farmhouse breakfast functions next week

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Monday 19 January 2015

Wales

FUW meetings to explore changes to CAP

Four meetings will be held in Carmarthenshire by the Farmers’ Union of Wales to explore and discuss the changes to the current common agricultural policy with its membership.

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Friday 16 January 2015

Wales

Diary Marker - Farm Visit

The Caernarfonshire branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales has organised a farm visit to discuss the dairy industry on Monday January 19 at its County Branch Vice Chairman Tudur Parry’s farm at Pengelli Isaf, Bethel Road, Caernarfon.

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Monday 12 January 2015

Wales

Farmhouse breakfast week 2015 - Tuesday 13 January 2015

On behalf of the Farmers’ Union of Wales, we have great pleasure in inviting you to attend this year’s Wales Farmhouse Breakfast which will be held at Oriel, The Senedd, Cardiff Bay at 8am on Tuesday 13th January 2015. The buffet breakfast, which promotes the very best of Welsh farm produce, is now in its 15th year, and is part of our contribution to Farmhouse Breakfast Week.

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Wales

FUW PR director retires

Farmers’ Union of Wales public relations director Peter Roberts today announced his retirement from the post - but he will continue to edit the union's monthly newspaper Y Tir/Welsh Farmer for the foreseeable future.

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Friday 09 January 2015

Wales

First Milk payment deferral another blow for Welsh farmers

The announcement by dairy co-operative First Milk, to defer payment for milk and to increase member capital contributions, is yet another setback for a Welsh dairy sector which is already reeling from a period of sustained low prices and poor profitability.

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Wednesday 24 December 2014

Wales

Welsh BPS payment regions quashed

Following the instigation of a judicial review by the Farming group ,known as "Fairness in the Uplands", regarding the definition of the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) Moorland Payment Region, the Welsh Government has decided to quash the regulations put in place to define the three BPS Payment Regions in Wales.

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Tuesday 23 December 2014

Wales

New Year’s Message from FUW

As the FUW approaches its 60th anniversary we look back on a year in which falls in farmgate prices and income from the CAP has had a severe impact on farm incomes, but the exceptionally kind weather at least means we are going into 2015 with far more fodder than in previous years.

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Monday 22 December 2014

Wales

Top-up for FUW Somerset appeal

A £500 top-up to the Farmers’ Union of Wales Somerset floods appeal fund has been handed over by Gamallt Concrete Ltd, Cardigan.

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Tuesday 16 December 2014

Wales

FUW welcomes £20m boost to help develop Aberystwyth Innovation and Enterprise Campus

Welsh Government finance and business minister Jane Hutt’s announcement that Aberystwyth University’s Innovation and Enterprise Campus (AIEC) will be the first multi-million pound project to receive substantial backing through the new £2 billion EU funding programme 2014-2020 was welcomed today by the Farmers’ Union of Wales.

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Wednesday 10 December 2014

Wales

Edwards of Conwy invited to Downing Street to mark Small Business Saturday

A small business from Conwy, North Wales was one of less than 100 from around the country invited to represent the UK’s 5.2 million small businesses in Downing Street on Friday to mark the UK’s second Small Business Saturday the following day - on December 6th - when small, independent businesses in communities across the country were put in the national spotlight.

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Wednesday 03 December 2014

Wales

Familiar FUW face bows out

One of the most familiar Farmers' Union of Wales faces Dei Charles Jones has retired after serving as an area officer in Meirionnydd for over 30 years.

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Tuesday 02 December 2014

Wales

FUW highlights concerns over exclusion of grazed woodland

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has written to newly-appointed EC Agricultural Commissioner Phil Hogan asking for rules which will exclude large tracts of land with trees on from eligibility under the new Basic Payment Scheme.

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Wales

FUW launches its new website

A new and fresher-looking union website was launched today (Tuesday December 2) by the Farmers' Union of Wales.

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Monday 01 December 2014

Wales

FUW welcomes acceptance of Farming Connect recommendations

Deputy farming and food minister Rebecca Evans’s announcement this morning (Monday December 1) that the recommendations of the independent review into Farming Connect, commissioned by Welsh Government earlier this year, had been accepted in full was welcomed by the Farmers’ Union of Wales.

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Wales

FUW welcomes SP release but highlights impact of lower payments

The Farmers’ Union of Wales welcomed today’s announcement (Monday December 1) by deputy farming and food minister Rebecca Evans that 90% of Single Payments have been made on the first day of the payment window - but highlighted the impact of a 20%-plus fall in payment values.

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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Wales

Details emerge on claiming additional farm payment entitlements in Wales

Further details have emerged on the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in Wales which comes in force in January including how to apply for entitlements under Wales Regional Reserve .

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Tuesday 25 November 2014

Wales

FUW Christmas card boost for charities

The Farmers’ Union of Wales president’s chosen charities - Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith children’s hospices - will be the big winners thanks to the union’s annual children’s competition to design a Christmas card with a farming theme that once again attracted hundreds of entries.

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Tuesday 18 November 2014

Wales

Farmers urged to register for training before deadline

The Farmers' Union of Wales is urging farmers to ensure they make the most of the funding available for training under the current Rural Development Plan before it closes to new applications on Friday of next week (November 28).

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Wales

Time running out to appeal against moorland classification

Time is running out for farmers with land in Wales to appeal against the classification of their land for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) grant purposes.

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Wednesday 12 November 2014

Wales

Changes ahead for private landlords in Wales

Farmers and landowners in Wales with private rented houses will soon have to register their rental properties and become licensed.

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Wednesday 05 November 2014

Wales

Local food issues and Welsh dairy farmers’ plight raised at Anglesey Day

Food, farming and tourism were in the spotlight for the fourth annual Anglesey Day in Westminster hosted by the island’s MP Albert Owen and featuring Farmers' Union of Wales members promoting their food products.

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Tuesday 04 November 2014

Wales

FUW hosts General Election hustings

The Caernarfonshire Branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales has organised a General Election hustings for its members this Friday November 7, at the Marine Hotel, Cricieth, starting at 7.30pm, an evening that will be kindly sponsored by HSBC once again.

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Wales

FUW warns horse owners to watch out for Sycamore killer

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is warning horse owners to be vigilant for their animals showing signs of muscular weakness or stiffness, colic like symptoms, sweating or trembling which could be an indication of Atypical Myopothy - a seasonal condition associated with the seeds of the Sycamore tree (acer pseudoplatanus).

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Monday 03 November 2014

Wales

FUW welcomes Welsh Government badger survey

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed the launch today (Monday November 3) of a survey of badgers found dead in Wales.

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Friday 31 October 2014

Wales

FUW reminds farmers of moorland appeals deadline

The Farmers’ Union of Wales today reminded farmers who have been unsuccessful in their initial appeals to remove land from the Welsh Government’s moorland area that they have until November 28 to submit stage 2 appeals.

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Wednesday 29 October 2014

Wales

Former FUW director takes top Carmarthenshire farming award

Former Farmers' Union of Wales director of agricultural policy Mary James has received this year's FUW/United Counties Agricultural & Hunters Society award for outstanding service to agriculture in Carmarthenshire.

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Monday 27 October 2014

Wales

Brecon & Radnor’s excellent shop window at Westminster

Brecon & Radnor Day organised by the Farmers' Union of Wales at the House of Commons on October 22 was an excellent shop window to show a wide audience what the county offers, the local MP told dozens of fellow MPs and peers.

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Wales

Longest serving FUW staff member retires

The longest serving member of the Farmers' Union of Wales staff, Llanrwst-based Gwyn Williams, is retiring at the end of this month after more than 39 years with the organisation.

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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wales

FUW welcomes retention of TB compensation system

The Farmers’ Union of Wales today welcomed deputy farming and food minister Rebecca Evans’ announcement that Welsh TB compensation rates for compulsorily purchased cattle will continue to use the current valuation system.

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