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Young Farmers' Scheme progress welcomed
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the progress made in relation to the Young Farmers’ Scheme under the 2015 Common Agriculture Policy Reform.   Read More.....
Created: 24/07/2014 16:40:13

UFU challenge retailers on their lamb sourcing policies
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has written to a number of major retailers challenging them on their lamb sourcing policies following their lack of commitment and failure to deliver on promises to source local lamb, which is evident from the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) Beef and Lamb watch initiatives latest findings.   Read More.....
Created: 21/07/2014 15:46:59

Office Closure
Closure over July Period   Read More.....
Created: 11/07/2014 10:24:39

Grandfather Rights Exemption Guidance
Are you prepared for the changes to the "Grandfather Rights" exemption? The exemption will cease on 26 November 2015 and those who operate under it may need to get a qualification to continue spraying.   Read More.....
Created: 09/07/2014 12:11:57

UFU prepare response to Nitrates Action Programme
The Ulster Farmers’ Union have started to prepare its response to the European Commission review of the Northern Ireland Nitrates Action Programme   Read More.....
Created: 08/07/2014 14:48:09

UFU concerned by significant drop in lamb prices
Ulster Farmers’ Union Beef and Lamb Policy Chairman Robert Davidson is extremely concerned that lamb prices have dropped so significantly   Read More.....
Created: 03/07/2014 14:52:01

UFU welcomes launch of farm safety tool
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the launch of FarmSafeNet, an online farm safety tool aimed at making farmers, farm workers and farm families more aware of the dangers that exist on the farm.   Read More.....
Created: 03/07/2014 14:29:51

Support Local Northern Ireland Potatoes
Ulster Farmers’ Union Potato Policy Committee Chairman Adrian Jamison has highlighted that this is a timely opportunity for consumers to support their local potato producer.   Read More.....
Created: 03/07/2014 12:15:08

Beef summit overlooks short term issues
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has said that NI’s beef farmers won’t be happy after Defra’s recent beef summit merely glossed over the immediate issue of farm gate beef prices in favour of discussing more medium to longer term issues...   Read More.....
Created: 02/07/2014 14:45:22

UFU warns against bank scam
The Ulster Farmers’ Union are warning the farming community to be vigilant following reports that fraudsters are obtaining farmers bank   Read More.....
Created: 02/07/2014 10:27:00

Farmers breathe a sigh of relief as final elements of the CAP deal agreed
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has said that while the final positions on regionalisation and transition decided by the NI Executive today (26 June) are not exactly what the Union was hoping for, farmers will be relieved that an agreement has finally been reached and Northern Ireland will not face a default position of an immediate transition to a single flat rate payment come 1st August.   Read More.....
Created: 26/06/2014 14:34:41

Genuine opportunities for NI products in China – UFU
Ulster Farmers’ Union president Ian Marshall believes that genuine opportunities exist in the Chinese market for Northern Ireland food products,   Read More.....
Created: 19/06/2014 14:11:38

UFU welcomes launch of loan scheme for poultry litter processing plants
Ulster Farmers’ Union Poultry Chairman Roy Campbell has welcomed the joint announcement made by Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster and Agriculture Minister Michelle O'Neill   Read More.....
Created: 18/06/2014 10:45:58

Be there for Barn Owls
Would you like to do your bit for one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic, and elusive, species? Then come along to one of Ulster Wildlife’s Barn Owl workshops in July.   Read More.....
Created: 18/06/2014 09:33:03

Farmers frustrated with grid connection problems
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has written to NIE and the Utility Regulator to express farmers’ frustration with the on-going grid connection problems.   Read More.....
Created: 17/06/2014 14:43:49

Scots announce plans for CAP implementation while NI farmers wait
This week the Scottish government announced its final decisions on implementing the new CAP post 2015, leaving Northern Ireland as the only UK region still to decide on big issues such as regionalisation and implementation.   Read More.....
Created: 13/06/2014 12:43:44

UFU welcomes upbeat EU analysis of dairy price and market prospects
Chairman of the Ulster Farmers’ Union Dairy Committee, Jonathan Moore has welcomed the market forecasts made by the Economic Board of the EU   Read More.....
Created: 12/06/2014 10:48:06

Farming unions meet to discuss beef price issue
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has met with farming union leaders from the Irish Farmers’ Association, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru, and the National Farmers’ Union at a Presidential Summit in London (9 June) on the current beef situation.   Read More.....
Created: 11/06/2014 09:48:19

Beef crisis meeting to be held by UK and Irish Farm Unions
Following urgent discussions held between the UK Farm Unions and IFA Livestock Chairmen on Wednesday it has been confirmed that a meeting will   Read More.....
Created: 06/06/2014 09:26:08

Farmers let down by DARD following TVR announcement
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has said that farmers have been let down by DARD following the announcement of a scaled back Test and Vaccinate or Remove Wildlife Intervention Research Project.   Read More.....
Created: 03/06/2014 14:36:02

Beef industry on the brink
Following reports that beef prices have fallen again this week, the Ulster Farmers’ Union has expressed its serious concern for the future of Northern Ireland’s beef farmers.   Read More.....
Created: 30/05/2014 12:04:38

UFU commends Chair of Farm Safety Partnership
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has written to the Chairman of the Farm Safety Partnership for Northern Ireland George Lucas to commend him on his efforts   Read More.....
Created: 28/05/2014 09:08:05

Supermarkets beware farmers are watching - UFU
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the launch of the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland’s (LMC) beef and lamb watch initiative saying that it is an important tool which will allow consumers and farmers to monitor how well retailers are delivering on promises to source more red meat from local sources.   Read More.....
Created: 22/05/2014 15:13:21

UFU welcome EU decision to drop Framework Directive on Soil
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the EU Commission decision to drop plans for a Framework Directive on soil. The UFU says   Read More.....
Created: 22/05/2014 08:34:48

UK farming union Presidents issue joint call-to-arms
The presidents of the four farming unions have jointly issued a call for farmers to make their voices known at the ballot box tomorrow   Read More.....
Created: 21/05/2014 15:59:01

UFU welcomes Young Farmers’ Scheme announcement
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed NI Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s announcement in relation to young farmer support under the reformed CAP.   Read More.....
Created: 16/05/2014 09:54:56

UFU DISCUSS BEEF SITUATION WITH UK AND IRELAND FARMING UNIONS
The Ulster Farmers’ Union have engaged with the other UK and Ireland Farming Unions to discuss the current beef situation and the difficulties beef producers are facing in Northern Ireland and across the regions.   Read More.....
Created: 14/05/2014 10:34:13

Survey on the needs of young farmers
The European Commission has launched a major study to identify the needs of young farmers and at the same time review agricultural exchange schemes for young farmers   Read More.....
Created: 13/05/2014 15:12:54

UFU announce MPI Review Findings
The Ulster Farmers’ Union have now completed its first annual review of the UFU’s Milk Price Indicator (MPI) and have made a few changes to enhance the robustness of the MPI model.   Read More.....
Created: 13/05/2014 14:32:53

Stop and think about the water you drink – use pesticides responsibly
The Water Catchment Partnership (WCP) is calling on everyone to take care when using and disposing of chemicals and pesticides to help improve water quality   Read More.....
Created: 13/05/2014 11:38:34

Job Vacancy
UFU Assistant Group Manager - Lisburn Group Office   Read More.....
Created: 08/05/2014 16:13:29

Balmoral Show tickets now on sale in Group Offices
With the 2014 Balmoral Show now only two weeks away, excitement is building as the UFU prepares for its second year at the new show grounds.   Read More.....
Created: 08/05/2014 15:16:30

UFU voice reservations on calls for further “soft landing” on Milk Quota
Ulster Farmers’ Union Dairy Policy Chairman Jonathon Moore has voiced reservations in relation to COPA-COGECA’s position paper urging the EU   Read More.....
Created: 08/05/2014 15:13:53

Union warning as Mercosur look to resume EU trade discussions
The Ulster Farmers’ Union President Ian Marshall has warned that the reopening of EU/Mercosur negotiations could have serious repercussions for the Northern Ireland beef industry.   Read More.....
Created: 08/05/2014 11:18:29

UFU Office Closure
UFU Headquarters will be closed on Monday 5th May for the public holiday.   Read More.....
Created: 02/05/2014 12:12:45

Beef farmers vent frustration at meat plant lack of communication
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has expressed its continued frustration and disappointment at the lack of transparency and communication between meat plants and their suppliers following reports that some meat plants in Northern Ireland are planning to remove the bonus structure and supposedly incorporate the bonus in the base price.   Read More.....
Created: 02/05/2014 10:07:25

Farmers fed up with lack of progress
UFU President Ian Marshall has said farmers are frustrated and fed up with lack of progress being made in relation to the big decisions   Read More.....
Created: 01/05/2014 16:40:09

UFU MPI 12-month Review
The Ulster Farmers’ Union are set to review the UFU’s Milk Price Indicator (MPI) following its first year of operation. The UFU MPI was introduced   Read More.....
Created: 01/05/2014 16:19:40

New leadership team elected at UFU AGM
The Ulster Farmers’ Union elected a new leadership team yesterday (30th April) at its Annual General Meeting held at Greenmount College. Markethill dairy farmer Ian Marshall   Read More.....
Created: 01/05/2014 11:36:58

Minister criticised for selective approach to hearing farmers’ views
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has criticised the DARD Minister Michelle O’Neill MLA for the selective approach she has taken when it comes to hearing the views of grassroots farmers on the implementation of CAP reform.   Read More.....
Created: 25/04/2014 13:19:06

Union slam DARD over “Active Farmer” bureaucratic shambles
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has criticised DARD over the bureaucratic shambles which is emerging around who can be defined as an active farmer.   Read More.....
Created: 24/04/2014 10:48:15

UFU Welcomes progress toward Officially Brucellosis Free (OBF) status
Ulster Farmers’ Union President Harry Sinclair has said that he is pleased with the progress made to date towards Northern Ireland potentially achieving Officially Brucellosis Free (OBF) status   Read More.....
Created: 18/04/2014 10:07:46

Forest Fire Risk Warning
Given recent weather patterns, presence of Atlantic High Pressure systems and the impacts of resulting weather patterns on flammability   Read More.....
Created: 17/04/2014 12:13:10

UFU welcomes launch of the Milk Market Observatory
The Ulster Farmers’ Union have welcomed the launch of the European Milk Market Observatory (MMO) by European Commissioner for Agriculture   Read More.....
Created: 17/04/2014 11:28:24

Spotlight on PTO safety this spring
This week the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) is highlighting the importance of PTO safety for local farmers.   Read More.....
Created: 16/04/2014 12:37:21

UFU HIT OUT AT SDLP POSITION ON CAP REFORM
The President of the UFU, Harry Sinclair, has described the SDLP’s recently announced position on CAP Reform as ‘unbelievable’. Speaking after the   Read More.....
Created: 14/04/2014 08:11:33

More clarity for farmers as Minister announces CAP technical decisions
Ulster Farmers’ Union President Harry Sinclair has said that the NI Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s announcement of a number of technical decisions in relation to the implementation of Pillar 1 direct payments under the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) has provided a bit more clarity for farmers who are trying to plan for the future of their businesses.   Read More.....
Created: 09/04/2014 16:19:43

Rural Support Questionnaire
Recently Rural Support has identified an evidence gap in relation to how people from rural areas access information and support as well as research regarding stress and emotional wellbeing. In order to address these issues Rural Support are undertaking a research project and have designed   Read More.....
Created: 09/04/2014 15:57:26

UFU comments on latest beef developments
The Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association (NIMEA) and the Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) that there will be no major changes to in-spec incentives offered by the meat plants in Northern Ireland this week.   Read More.....
Created: 02/04/2014 14:31:36

UK farming unions join forces on key issues
Last week the Ulster Farmers’ Union hosted its annual farming summit with representatives from NFU, NFU Scotland, and NFU Cymru to discuss a range to important issues.   Read More.....
Created: 01/04/2014 15:50:20

UFU hosts 2014 Annual Dinner
Ulster Farmers’ Union President Harry Sinclair welcomed key representatives   Read More.....
Created: 01/04/2014 10:53:07

UFU welcomes Agri-Food Loan Scheme first phase re-opening for poultry but encourages farmers to do their research
Ulster Farmers’ Union Deputy President Ian Marshall has welcomed the news that the ‘Agri-Food Loan Scheme’ (AFLS) has been re-opened for poultry   Read More.....
Created: 27/03/2014 14:59:35

Potato and vegetable industries raise concerns over 2015 land availability
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has hosted a meeting for growers from Northern Ireland’s potato and vegetable industries with senior officials from the Department of Agriculture (DARD) to discuss concerns over the availability of conacre land in 2015. Over 50 growers, packers and processors attended the meeting held at UFU headquarters.   Read More.....
Created: 26/03/2014 12:58:11

UFU welcomes re-opening of Manure Efficiency Technology Scheme
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the long awaited announcement that the Manure Efficiency Technology Scheme (METS) will re-open on 31st March 2014.   Read More.....
Created: 21/03/2014 11:53:32

Farming Unions seek clarification on customer specification requirements
The Ulster Farmers’ Union along with National Farmers’ Union, NFU Scotland, NFU Cymru and the Irish Farmers’ Association are seeking clarification   Read More.....
Created: 19/03/2014 12:25:57

Office closure
UFU headquarters will be closed on Monday 17 March. We will reopen Tuesday 18 March at 9am.   Read More.....
Created: 14/03/2014 16:47:37

UFU welcomes DARD Minister’s announcement on entitlements
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed NI Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s announcement on several of the pressing practical points associated with Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) reform implementation in Northern Ireland.   Read More.....
Created: 14/03/2014 16:04:09

UFU and IFA meet to tackle beef issues
This week the Ulster Farmers’ Union met with representatives of the Irish Farmers’ Association to discuss pressing issues affecting the beef sector   Read More.....
Created: 13/03/2014 09:33:24

UFU responds to MEP comments
Following comments by Martina Anderson MEP the Ulster Farmers’ Union has responded to her assertion that the Union’s two region policy does not   Read More.....
Created: 12/03/2014 12:04:16

UFU host meeting with NIMEA and beef industry stakeholders to discuss proposed penalties
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has hosted a meeting with beef industry representatives to discuss the proposed penalties on cattle with more than four residencies   Read More.....
Created: 07/03/2014 11:38:51

UFU highlights significant differences with DARD Minister on CAP implementation
The UFU has met with DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill to discuss implementation of the reformed CAP.   Read More.....
Created: 05/03/2014 15:07:14

UFU recognises top silage growers
The Ulster Farmers’ Union have recognised Northern Ireland’s top silage growers of 2013 as the UFU and Sponsors Ecosyl   Read More.....
Created: 05/03/2014 12:41:06

UFU comment on suspected illegal animal slaughter
Ulster Farmers’ Union President Harry Sinclair has said any fraudulent activity in relation to agriculture should be taken seriously and has welcomed the ongoing   Read More.....
Created: 04/03/2014 14:37:09

Trading entitlements deadline extended to 2 May 2014
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed NI Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s announcement yesterday (25 February) that the deadline for transferring entitlements has been extended until 2nd May 2014.   Read More.....
Created: 26/02/2014 12:26:20

UFU hit out at NIMEA over penalties and prices
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has hit out at the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters’ Association (NIMEA) following the announcement that they intend to introduce a £150 penalty from   Read More.....
Created: 26/02/2014 11:28:47

UFU raise concerns regarding future ANC Designation
Ulster Farmers’ Union President Harry Sinclair and Chief Executive Clarke Black have met with Senior European Commission Officials in Brussels   Read More.....
Created: 25/02/2014 16:34:08

Countdown to 2014 deadline for Single Farm Payment entitlements transfer
Those thinking of transferring Single Farm Payment (SFP) entitlements for 2014 are reminded that the deadline for doing so is fast approaching.   Read More.....
Created: 21/02/2014 08:48:56

UK and Irish Unions thrash out livestock concerns
UK and Irish farming unions met this week in Stirling to discuss issues facing the livestock industry.   Read More.....
Created: 20/02/2014 13:40:45

UFU presents CAP Position to NI Assembly’s Agriculture Committee
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has today met with the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Agriculture Committee to discuss in more detail the Union’s   Read More.....
Created: 17/02/2014 15:49:14

UFU meet Agri-Food Strategy Board on CAP support for productive agriculture
Following a very positive meeting yesterday (13 February) with members of the Agri-Food Strategy Board (AFSB), Ulster Farmers’ Union President Harry Sinclair   Read More.....
Created: 14/02/2014 08:58:36

UFU disappointed by NIMEA’s apathetic attitude towards beef producers
Following an urgent meeting yesterday (10 February) to discuss the considerable drop in beef prices over the last few weeks, the Ulster Farmer’ Union has expressed its disappointment at NIMEA’s indifferent attitude towards beef producers.   Read More.....
Created: 11/02/2014 09:26:17

Active Farmer Q&A
DARD has published a Q&A intended to provide an update on developments regarding the definition of an active farmer under CAP Reform and its potential implications from 2015.   Read More.....
Created: 05/02/2014 16:11:54

UFU to hold urgent meeting with NIMEA following significant drop in beef prices
The Ulster Farmer’ Union is to meet with the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters Association (NIMEA) early next week following the significant drop in beef prices.   Read More.....
Created: 05/02/2014 11:05:22

UFU Executive requests meetings with NI Agriculture Minister and Assembly’s Agriculture Committee
The Ulster Farmers' Union Executive has held its first meeting of 2014 and has reaffirmed its strong support of the CAP implementation position it reached   Read More.....
Created: 31/01/2014 10:09:06

Farm income growth highlights Agriculture Industry potential
The Ulster Farmers’ Union says the increase in farm incomes for 2013 illustrates the agriculture industry’s potential to contribute significantly to the Northern Ireland economy   Read More.....
Created: 30/01/2014 15:36:30

UFU encourages farmers to use farm nutrients efficiently
With the end of the closed period in sight, the Ulster Farmers’ Union is encouraging farmers to use farm nutrients efficiently to ensure a   Read More.....
Created: 28/01/2014 14:04:46

Launch of UFU student membership
The Ulster Farmers’ Union is delighted to announce the launch of its free student membership for agri-students. This fantastic offer gives students a ‘taster’ of the benefits of being   Read More.....
Created: 28/01/2014 12:12:43

UFU speaks out on CAP debate
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has taken quite a bit of heat this week over its position on implementing the new CAP. Farming Life sat down with UFU President Harry Sinclair and Chief Executive   Read More.....
Created: 27/01/2014 15:39:54

Shake Up Your Wake Up with New Breakfast Recipes
It’s Farmhouse Breakfast Week (26 January – 1 February 2014) and to inspire you to make time for the most important meal of the day, here are six deliciously easy breakfast recipes.   Read More.....
Created: 27/01/2014 12:50:42

CAP tops agenda at successful arable conference
John Best, Chairman of the UFU Seeds & Cereals Committee said; “There was a large turnout for the conference and this is evidence that CAP reform   Read More.....
Created: 23/01/2014 14:31:56

UFU meets Environment Minister to discuss new direction for small scale renewables
The Ulster Farmers’ Union together with Down District Farmers for Renewable Energy (DDFFRE) has met with Environment Minister Mark H Durkan   Read More.....
Created: 22/01/2014 12:26:28

UFU encourages potato producers to secure a fair price for their produce
Ulster Farmer’ Union Potato Chairman Adrian Jamison is calling on all producers to market remaining potato stocks strongly over the coming weeks in order to secure a fair return for their quality produce.   Read More.....
Created: 22/01/2014 09:21:38

Local breakfast foods championed at annual Farmhouse Breakfast
Representatives from the Ulster Farmers’ Union and other agri-food industry organisations were on hand today to champion local breakfast foods at the annual HGCA Farmhouse Breakfast, held at Greenmount College.   Read More.....
Created: 21/01/2014 08:08:46

Collect your CPD points at the 2014 Annual NRoSO Operators Roadshows
The dates for the 2014 Annual NRoSO Operators Roadshows entitled ‘Activity and Coverage’ have now been announced.   Read More.....
Created: 17/01/2014 11:44:04

CAFRE /UAS/UFU 2nd Annual Arable Conference Programme
With plans all in place for the 2014 Agronomy and Business Management Conference for Arable Growers on Tuesday 21st January 2014,   Read More.....
Created: 17/01/2014 10:19:24

Opportunity for NI Executive to back the growth and development of our agri-food industry must not be missed
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has said that it is vital that the Northern Ireland Executive commits to 50:50 match funding the next Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme (NIRDP) 2014-2020 and that the NIRDP budget is allocated strategically   Read More.....
Created: 16/01/2014 15:25:22

UFU recognises top cereal growers of 2013
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has recognised Northern Ireland’s top cereal growers of 2013 as the UFU and Sponsors hosted their Annual Cereal Competition awards   Read More.....
Created: 09/01/2014 16:32:16

Ulster Farmers’ Union take to the road on CAP
The Ulster Farmers' Union is taking to the road this January for our annual series of President’s Area meetings. This year the primary focus will be CAP implementation   Read More.....
Created: 06/01/2014 09:38:12

Register NOW for 2014 Arable Conference
Plans are progressing well for the 2014 Agronomy and Business Management Conference for Arable Growers on Tuesday 21st January 2014 at Greenmount Campus, Antrim from 9.30am – 5.00pm.   Read More.....
Created: 03/01/2014 10:35:48

UFU comments on Zero transfer of farm money for Northern Ireland
Ulster Farmers’ Union President Harry Sinclair has welcomed the news that there will be no transfer of funding from Pillar 1 (Direct Support) to Pillar 2 (Rural Development)   Read More.....
Created: 02/01/2014 16:40:58

New Year message from UFU President Harry Sinclair
As we say goodbye to 2013, UFU President Harry Sinclair has taken some time to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the past year as well as looking ahead to what’s in store for 2014.   Read More.....
Created: 02/01/2014 08:37:58