The NFU has criticised the UK government for refusing to take advantage of aid funding from the EU Commission.
The results of a review by experts at the University of California Davis suggest that no-till agriculture could lead to yield reductions in wetter areas around the world. However, supporters of the practice – which is a key component of conservation agriculture – maintain that its benefits go further than crop yield.
Continued drastic declines in bird species reliant on farmland habitat have led conservationists to demand assurances that Defra will prioritise subsidy spending on measures that support wildlife.
Attempts to reduce food losses and waste, which account for one third of food produced for human consumption, have received a boost through a new online platform.
Research agency FERA said that the controversial new report shows that more integrated approaches to growing and protecting crops are now necessary.