Call for Irish Grass Fed Beef PGI to include Northern Ireland

Call for Irish Grass Fed Beef PGI to include Northern Ireland

Organisations representing the Northern Ireland beef industry are calling for an application to register Irish Grass Fed Beef as a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) to include the geographic area of Northern Ireland from the outset before it is submitted to the European Commission for registration. The Livestock and Meat Commission... View Article

Farmers advised to register for Brexit Trade Support Service

Farmers advised to register for Brexit Trade Support Service

Ulster Farmers’ Union says members who move goods into and out of Northern Ireland from Great Britain, or bring goods into NI from outside the UK, must sign up to the Trader Support Service (TSS). Registration before November 23 will be an automatic process, but if done later a separate... View Article

Grant extension available for farms adversely affected by Covid

Grant extension available for farms adversely affected by Covid

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) grant has been extended to help mitigate ongoing market disruptions caused by Covid-19 including adversely affected farm businesses. The extension opens to applications on November 20, offering two further grants for three-month periods covering November 2020 to January 2021 and February to April 2021.... View Article

UFU welcomes strengthened Trade & Agriculture Commission

UFU welcomes strengthened Trade & Agriculture Commission

News of a strengthened remit for the Trade and Agriculture Commission, announced by Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss on November 1, has been welcomed as a major breakthrough by the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). “This is a landmark moment in the Brexit process that has been long... View Article

New Red Tractor chair urged to champion UK standards

New Red Tractor chair urged to champion UK standards

Ulster Farmers’ Union has written to Red Tractor Chief Executive Jim Moseley to express its optimism the next Red Tractor chairman will champion the world-leading production standards upheld by Northern Ireland farmers. The letter was authored after current chairman, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, announced that she will leave the organisation at the... View Article

NI backs local farmers with greener shopping habits

NI backs local farmers with greener shopping habits

Research released today by Barclays has uncovered the impact of the pandemic on consumer grocery shopping habits, as more than a quarter of those in Northern Ireland now suggest they buy produce in local shops and farm stores[1], instead of supermarket-only purchasing pre-Covid. Over 300,000(2) people in Northern Ireland had... View Article

UFU disappointed by Agriculture Bill amendment rejection

UFU disappointed by Agriculture Bill amendment rejection

MPs’ rejection of the Lord Curry amendment to the UK Agriculture Bill is not only a huge blow for UK agriculture but also for consumers, says the Ulster Farmers’ Union, as it would have ensured all imports met UK animal welfare and environmental standards. “While we recognise the UK Government’s... View Article

UFU lobbies for Agriculture Bill amendments on food standards

UFU lobbies for Agriculture Bill amendments on food standards

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) is supporting proposals to insert Clause 49, the Lord Curry Amendment, into the UK Agriculture Bill. Inclusion would help safeguard the UK’s food standards for consumers and ensure that the UK farming sector is not unfairly undermined, while also giving government the ability to negotiate and... View Article

UFU welcomes Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan

UFU welcomes Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan

Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement of ongoing government support for jobs and businesses during the Covid-19 has been welcomed by the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU). “In what has been a turbulent and unprecedented year, the Chancellor’s plan will be welcomed by farm businesses,” said David Brown, deputy president, UFU. “The agri-food... View Article

Deadline approaching for Covid-19 support fund

Deadline approaching for Covid-19 support fund

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) is encouraging members to check if they are eligible for the £21.4m coronavirus (Covid-19) support scheme which is available for farm businesses affected by the pandemic. “Many of our farmers have been hit hard by Covid-19 and are continuing to feel the impact of the virus,”... View Article