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EU Commissioner Phil Hogan delivers positive message at UFU dinner
The Ulster Farmers’ Union is delighted to have welcomed EU Commissioner Phil Hogan to Northern Ireland as the keynote speaker at its annual   Read More.....
Created: 30/03/2015 15:53:40

UFU host meeting of UK and Irish Farming Unions
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has hosted its annual meeting with the UK and Irish Farming Unions to discuss current agricultural issues including   Read More.....
Created: 30/03/2015 15:52:34

UFU discuss Greening Difficulties with DARD
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has met Senior DARD officials to discuss the difficulties associated with the implementation of Greening in Northern Ireland.   Read More.....
Created: 23/03/2015 12:28:55

Use it or lose it – warning from UFU on Farm Business Improvement Scheme
The Ulster Farmers’ Union is calling on all farmers to urgently complete the Whole Farm Needs Assessment Survey (WFNA) if the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is to have any chance of securing the funding   Read More.....
Created: 19/03/2015 11:37:40

Office Closure
UFU headquarters will be closed Tuesday 17th March for St Patrick's Day Bank Holiday    Read More.....
Created: 16/03/2015 15:33:28

Farmer fury as DARD continues to fail on CAP rules clarity
Following a week of intense conversations with members the Ulster Farmers’ Union has said many farmers are at their wits end as DARD continues to make painstakingly slow progress in clarifying key CAP implementation rules and regulations.   Read More.....
Created: 13/03/2015 11:50:41

Top Silage Growers Honoured
The top silage growers in Northern Ireland have been honoured in the 23rd annual Ulster Farmers’ Union Silage Competition, sponsored by Ecosyl (Volac)   Read More.....
Created: 10/03/2015 14:49:09

International agriculture conference coming to Northern Ireland
The Ulster Farmers’ Union is delighted to announce that it will host the 37th biennial North American and European Union Agricultural Conference on the 22nd-23rd October 2015.   Read More.....
Created: 10/03/2015 13:04:33

UFU welcomes 2016 Year of Food announcement
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed DETI Minister Arlene Foster’s announcement that 2016 will be the Year of Food in Northern Ireland.   Read More.....
Created: 06/03/2015 11:56:48

Farmers urged to complete Whole Farm Needs Assessment survey
Following DARD’s announcement of the launch of the Whole Farm Needs Assessment survey, which is the first element of the 2014-2020 NI Rural Development Programme’s Farm Business Improvement Scheme (FBIS), the Ulster Farmers’ Union is encouraging farmers to take part in this positive exercise and complete the survey.   Read More.....
Created: 06/03/2015 11:55:49

UFU meet EU Commission officials on land availability issues
Ulster Farmers’ Union Deputy President Ivor Ferguson has led a delegation, which included UFU Potato Policy Committee Chair Adrian Jamison and UFU Vegetable Policy Committee Chair Roy Lyttle, to Brussels to meet with Mr Pierre Bascou, Director of the EU Commission’s Directorate of Direct Support   Read More.....
Created: 06/03/2015 11:51:26

GAA on board to promote and encourage Farm Safety
Ulster Farmers’ Union President Ian Marshall has led a delegation from the Farm Safety Partnership to meet with Ulster GAA President Martin   Read More.....
Created: 05/03/2015 15:19:15

UFU Call for UK Government support on a review of dairy intervention price levels
Ulster Farmers’ Union Dairy Policy Committee Chairman Jonathan Moore, Vice Chairman William Irvine and Senior Policy Officer Chris   Read More.....
Created: 05/03/2015 14:34:07

UFU welcomes DETI Minister Grid Summit announcement
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed DETI Minister Arlene Foster’s announcement during question and answer time at the Northern Ireland   Read More.....
Created: 05/03/2015 10:40:52

New fuel marker dye aims to banish fuel fraud
From the 1st April 2015 the UK and Irish Governments will bring in a new product, produced by Dow Chemical Company, to mark rebated fuels,   Read More.....
Created: 03/03/2015 14:37:56

UFU welcomes BBCNI’s announcement on farming news coverage
Following BBCNI’s announcement of its plans for agriculture coverage, Ulster Farmers’ Union President Ian Marshall has said that farmers   Read More.....
Created: 03/03/2015 14:37:08

Official Brucellosis Free status within NI’s grasp
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed the announcement from Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill that there has not been a case of Brucellosis   Read More.....
Created: 03/03/2015 14:36:27

UFU welcomes draft report on prospects for the EU Dairy Sector
Ulster Farmers’ Union Dairy Chairman Jonathan Moore has welcomed a draft report by Jim Nicolson MEP on the prospects for the   Read More.....
Created: 03/03/2015 09:46:13

UFU feed into EU Commissioner’s CAP simplification review
he Ulster Farmers’ Union has submitted its views to EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan on possible ways to simplify the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).   Read More.....
Created: 27/02/2015 15:19:52

Greening shambles – Farmer anger as DARD fail to deliver
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has hit out at DARD for the complete and utter disaster many farmers, in particular arable farmers, are facing as a result of the mess DARD has made in relation to clarifying and communicating greening requirements under the newly reformed CAP.   Read More.....
Created: 27/02/2015 15:18:51

UFU rejects Red Tractor proposals on Lifetime Assurance for Beef
Following a comprehensive internal consultation process, the UFU’s Executive Committee has rejected proposals made by Red Tractor for the implementation of Red Tractor Lifetime Assurance for beef and has questioned the approach taken by Red Tractor as to how they have proposed these changes.   Read More.....
Created: 26/02/2015 14:30:42

UFU pigs committee discuss current situation with processor Karro
The Ulster Farmers’ Union pigs policy committee have met with senior representatives from the processing company Karro, including   Read More.....
Created: 25/02/2015 11:09:54

Reappointment of the NI Agri-Food Strategy Board a positive move
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has said the decision by Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill and Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster to reappoint   Read More.....
Created: 25/02/2015 10:48:58

Job Vacancies
The UFU has two positions which have become available within the Union’s Policy Team.   Read More.....
Created: 21/02/2015 09:04:15

UFU still has serious reservations over DARD HQ move
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has said that despite the economic boost rural communities in the North West may experience as a result of DARD   Read More.....
Created: 19/02/2015 14:03:49

UFU meets with local MEPs as land availability difficulties for potato and vegetable growers worsens
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has met with Northern Ireland's European Parliament Agriculture Committee Members, MEPs Jim Nicholson and Diane Dodds,   Read More.....
Created: 19/02/2015 09:14:36

UFU President encourages farmers to complete Farm Safety Partnership survey
The Ulster Farmers’ Union is calling on the 8,000 farm businesses selected at random to complete and return the voluntary Farm Safety Partnership Survey.   Read More.....
Created: 11/02/2015 14:38:36

UFU urges Poultry farmers to be vigilant
UFU Poulty Chairman Roy Campbell said; “While there are no issues for either human health or food safety, this is a serious, notifiable disease in poultry   Read More.....
Created: 06/02/2015 10:54:54

Northern Ireland Pig Industry meet with BPEX
Representatives from the Northern Ireland Pig Industry have met with the British Pigs Executive (BPEX) to exchange views on the pig industry   Read More.....
Created: 06/02/2015 10:02:42

NITRATES DEROGATION DEADLINE – 1 MARCH 2015
Ulster Farmers’ Union President Ian Marshall is reminding farmers that the deadline for applying for nitrates derogation for 2015 is 1 March 2015.   Read More.....
Created: 05/02/2015 12:07:22

Fonterra GDT Auction up by 9.4% - Optimism builds
Optimism in global dairy markets is building as the latest Fonterra (GDT) auction realised an average increase of 9.4% and saw   Read More.....
Created: 04/02/2015 12:39:20

Slurry gas – one breath can kill
Testimonial from William Hyde who recalls his near miss with slurry gas, and his wife Liz ponders the consequences if things had turned out differently that day. “Liz and I bought our own farm in 1986 and though we were very busy, with bills coming in, a loan to pay off and a young son to support, things were going well.   Read More.....
Created: 04/02/2015 08:57:04

Groceries Code Adjudicator to be given power to fine Supermarkets for unfair practice
The Ulster Farmers’ Union is pleased to hear that legislation has been tabled in Parliament to grant Christine Tacon, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA)   Read More.....
Created: 04/02/2015 08:49:51

UFU comment on PSNI restructuring announcement
he Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed a firm commitment from senior PSNI officers that policing in rural areas and the confidence of rural dwellers in that policing will remain a priority in the coming shake-up of the policing structure.   Read More.....
Created: 30/01/2015 12:29:05

Slump in farm incomes highlights difficult year for farmers
Ulster Farmers’ Union President Ian Marshall has said that following the difficult year experienced by farmers across all sectors it is not surprising that farm incomes were down in 2014 and the figures highlight the challenging cash flow situation faced by many farmers.   Read More.....
Created: 29/01/2015 16:37:42

Transitional scheme will help ease blow for DA farmers
Ulster Farmers’ Union Hill Farming Chairman Ian Buchanan has said that the confirmation that applications will open for a Transitional Payment to the Disadvantaged Area (DA) Scheme from 1st February 2015 will help to ease the blow to DA farmers who will not be eligible for the Areas of Natural Constraint Scheme proposed under the new Rural Development Programme.   Read More.....
Created: 22/01/2015 10:18:11

UFU comment on EFRA report on dairy prices
The House of Commons’ Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee have put forward a number of recommendations that   Read More.....
Created: 21/01/2015 11:41:21

UFU take action on growing NI/GB pig price differential
Following an emergency meeting of the UFU’s Pork & Bacon Committee, the Union is taking a series of actions to address the growing   Read More.....
Created: 16/01/2015 12:10:21

Controlled Heather Burning and Bracken Control Information Meeting
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has teamed up with the D.A.B. Farmers’ Group to organise a ‘Controlled Heather Burning and Bracken Control’ information meeting on Monday 19th January   Read More.....
Created: 13/01/2015 12:11:25

UFU welcomes LFA payment announcement
The Ulster Farmers’ Union has welcomed Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill’s announcement that the rates for the 2015 Less   Read More.....
Created: 13/01/2015 11:36:46

UFU meet with Health Minister regarding the future of Rural Healthcare Provision
Ulster Farmers’ Union Deputy President Barclay Bell has led a delegation of representatives from the UFU to meet with the Minister for Health, Social Services   Read More.....
Created: 12/01/2015 10:12:59

Cautious optimism for global dairy commodity prices
Ulster Farmers’ Union Dairy Chairman Jonathan Moore has said that the increase in the latest Fonterra Auction (Tuesday 6th January) is welcome news,   Read More.....
Created: 07/01/2015 15:56:46

Ulster Farmers’ Union take to the road with President’s Area Meetings
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   Read More.....
Created: 06/01/2015 12:54:46

NEW YEAR MESSAGE FROM UFU PRESIDENT IAN MARSHALL
A New Year message from the Ulster Farmers’ Union President Ian Marshall:   Read More.....
Created: 05/01/2015 10:47:20