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New Defra Secretary of State

A new Defra Secretary of State has been appointed following a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The new position will be held by George Eustice MP – the former Farming Minister – and a former member of a Young Farmers' Club. The change in the leading...

Support wellbeing of seasonal workers

Support wellbeing of seasonal workers

Ensuring the wellbeing of seasonal workers is the responsibility of employers and providing poor conditions can be a trigger for mental health problems. Seasonal working, modern day slavery and labour exploitation is an ongoing concern in the agricultural industry....

Are you compliant?

Are you compliant?

At the start of the new year, it’s a good time to ensure your business has sorted its compliance and is ready for seasonal teams in 2020.  It’s important that growers check they have key documents ready and up to date – such as contracts, insurance and employment...

Farm Payments Bill introduced for 2020

Farm Payments Bill introduced for 2020

New legislation has been introduced that ensures farmers will continue to receive Direct Payments in 2020. The Government introduced the new bill at the start of the year and it is hoped this will provide stability for farmers ahead of future reforms. The Direct...

New Agriculture Bill introduced

New Agriculture Bill introduced

The government has introduced a new Agriculture Bill which aims to reward farmers and land managers with public money for providing public goods.  The new legislation has incorporated feedback from those working in the agricultural sector and includes more focus...

New controls for protecting plants from disease

New controls for protecting plants from disease

New Plant Health Regulations came into force on 14 December 2019 as part of the Government’s Smarter Rules for Safer Foods package.  The rules are intended to support growers and farmers by providing:  a simpler and more consistent plant passport formata...

Policy planning

Policy planning

Ensuring your business has the updated policies in place to meet legal requirements might feel daunting but they’re vital for any business. When adequately written and adhered to, policies protect organisations, employers and employees and can be used to measure...