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Mid Down members enjoy visit from vice-president Ferguson

The Mid Down Group of the Ulster Farmers’ Union recently hosted vice-president Ivor Ferguson, who gave members a round-up of the current issues that the policy team and office-bearers are dealing with.

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Travel Solutions trips

Travel Solutions trips

One of the benefits of being a member of the Ulster Farmers’ Union is being able to avail of a range of exclusive services and discounts.

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Phil Hogan

Hogan determined to maintain direct payments post-2020

Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan has defended the CAP system of direct payments and argued that they should remain in place post-2020.

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Beef cattle at grass

Building bridges in the red meat sector

Northern Ireland has a rich history of producing food for the growing population in the British Isles and further afield.

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Private Storage Aid (PSA) comes to an end

Private Storage Aid (PSA) comes to an end

It is widely expected that the European Commission will not be reopening PSA for butter and cheese in March due to improvements in the markets.

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Neill Patterson, Michelle McIlveen, (DAERA Minister), Allan Chambers (Seeds Cereals Chairman) and Victor Chestnutt (UFU Deputy President)

Glyphosate – Members, your Union urgently needs your help

The clock is ticking and the countdown is on to ensure the active substance glyphosate should be re-authorised by the European Commission before 31 December 2017.

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Ian Marshall

UFU judicial review result – collective strength delivers

This week the judgement of a judicial review, taken by the Ulster Farmers’ Union against the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) and the Department of Agriculture (DARD), was delivered and found in favour of the UFU position and proves that collective strength can deliver.

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Voluntary Initiative Check it Out Tool launched

Voluntary Initiative Check it Out Tool launched

The Voluntary Initiative Check it Out Tool, developed by the Crop Protection Association with support from Catchment Sensitive Farming, has been designed to help farmers review and improve spraying practices.

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Membership Plus competition

Membership Plus competition

The Ulster Farmers’ Union would like to remind members to register their ‘two-in-one’ 2017 UFU Membership and Membership Plus card online to be in with the chance of winning one of two £50 gift cards everyone that registers their 2017 card by February 14th 2017 will go into the draw.

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UFU President Barclay Bell and the Presidents of the UK Farming Unions with Albert Dess and Paolo de Castro in European Parliament this week. Greening simplification, trade and avian influenza was on the agenda.

NFU presidents in lobbying offensive

The presidents of the four UK farming unions were in Brussels this week for key meetings in the European Commission and the European Parliament.

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Clement Lynch, group chairman, greets Joe Healey, IFA Chairman, with Brian Prue, group manger, Ivor Ferguson, UFU Deputy President, and Richard Halleron.

Brexit debate prompts plenty of discussion

With a packed audience in the White Horse, Campsie, the NW Derry UFU group hosted a very topical Brexit debate event last Monday night.

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South Antrim UFU Group

South Antrim to host AGM at Greenmount

It has been a busy winter for UFU members in South Antrim, with a packed programme of events.

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Slurry exports deadline approaches

Slurry exports deadline approaches

The UFU would like to remind farmers that under the Nitrates Action Programme (2015-2017) a record of all organic manure exports off (including slurry, farmyard manure and poultry litter/manure) the farm must have been recorded and submitted to NIEA by 31 January for the previous calendar year.

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2017 Membership and Membership Plus Card update

2017 Membership and Membership Plus Card update

The Ulster Farmers’ Union would like to inform members that they should have received their ‘two-in-one’ 2017 UFU Membership and Membership Plus card in the post. Like the 2016 card, your UFU membership card will have your Membership Plus credentials featured on the reverse side.

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Annual VI Operator Road Shows

Annual VI Operator Road Shows

This week the 2017 VI Operator Road Shows got underway in Coleraine and Poyntzpass. These workshops are being delivered jointly by the Ulster Farmers’ Union and CAFRE at various locations around Northern Ireland.

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Farming and organic energy storage

Farming and organic energy storage

Northern Ireland needs technologies that can cost-effectively store renewable energy.

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Open Farm Weekend recruitment ongoing

Open Farm Weekend recruitment ongoing

Recruitment for farms to participate in Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend 2017 is still open. The event will run on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June with school visits, by prior arrangement, planned for Friday 16th.

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It could take as long as 40 years for Northern Ireland to achieve TB free status

TB eradication – who should pay what and why?

For the last two years, the five independent members of the TB Strategic Partnership Group have endeavoured to develop a holistic, long-term strategy to eradicate Tuberculosis in Northern Ireland.

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2017 kicks off with new format roadshow

2017 kicks off with new format roadshow

We started 2017 with the newly formatted UFU Winter Roadshow on Monday 9th January in the Killyhevlin Hotel.

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Ensure slurry export forms are submitted

Ensure slurry export forms are submitted

The Ulster Farmers’ Union would remind farmers that the deadline to submit records of slurry and all other organic manures exported from farms during 2016 is fast approaching.

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