Its Panto time

The Glyphosate saga is more reminiscent of a Christmas panto than an informed political debate, according to NFU vice president Guy Smith.

In the latest edition of Farm Business, he outlines the complex EU ‘politics’ that has led us to situation where this vital chemical has still not had its licence renewed – as the deadline rapidly approaches. At least in this ‘ridiculous farce’, the UK Government is firmly in the ‘full reauthorisation’ camp.

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The same can’t be said for neonicotinoids, however. Michael Gove has announced that the UK is now backing EU plans for a blanket ban on the pesticides, as he continues to strive to enhance UK environmental standards and deliver a green Brexit. We look at what Mr Gove’s rapid elevation to the champion of the green movement means for farming.

Also in this edition, we look at the latest recommendations for tenancy reform, cover a Brussels Youth Agricultural Summit and consider the possible fall out from a future US trade deal.

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About The Author

Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.