The first half of September has been the driest for more than 50 years according to the BBC
Defra has updated its guidance for farmers at risk of incurring payment cuts under 'double funding' rules. 4,000 farmers in ELS could be affected.
The NFU has released a five-point manifesto it claims will help farming flourish, as the final party conference season before the next general election gets underway.
Delivering a final address ahead of Thursday's vote on Scottish Independence, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has said UK ministers have only supported Scottish interests in Europe when doing so coincided with Westminster's desires, and claimed an independent Scotland would be "warmly welcomed" into the EU.
About 805 million people in the world, or one in nine, suffer from hunger, according to a new UN report released today.