UK farming contributed £5.8 billion to our economy in 2007 (as measured by Gross Value Added at basic prices). It uses around three quarters of this country's land area, and employs over half a million people. One of our major tasks is to help this vital industry to operate as efficiently as possible. We administer support policies agreed in Brussels which provide around £3 billion to UK agriculture.
The August 2008 edition of Farming Link - our newspaper for farmers and growers - has now been published.
- Women's Land Army - How to apply for a badge...
- Bluetongue disease - Information on the latest situation in the UK.
- Attend the Defra workshop for livestock farmers on statutory record keeping requirements taking place on 11 September 2008.
Plant health, seeds and varieties, GM crops and industrial crops, also updates on the EU regimes covering cereals, rice, fodder and sugar.
The health and welfare, identification and movement of farm animals.
- Environmental management
Land management, landscape features, and land use and planning, common land, rights of way, climate change, air and water and water courses.
- Organic farming
Organic certification and standards as well as guidance on funding and converting to organic systems.
- Waste and resources
Key issues for farmers and land managers including fly-tipping, landfill, incineration, composting, sewage and slurry, packaging, recycling and energy efficiency.
- Wildlife and plants
Wild birds, protected plants, pest control, bats, badgers and other species.
- Working in farming
Employment and wages, training, new entrants, tenancies, diversification, health and safety and the Women's Land Army..
- Retail and trade
Farm shops and farmers markets, import and export of plants, animals and animal products.
- Single Payment Scheme
CAP Reform, Farm Regulation and Charging Strategy, the sustainable farming and food strategy, the Farming for the Future Programme, and the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative (PSFPI).
- Whole Farm Approach (WFA) - a faster and more efficient way of doing business between government and the farming industry.
- Contacts and dialogue
Farming Link; contact points
- Horticulture - horticultural production and marketing, potatoes and hops.
- Food and drink - milk and milk products, eggs, meat and poultry sectors.
Page last modified: 18 August 2008