The EU Commission has unveiled targeted support measures, designed to help farmers affected by the Russian trade embargo, but also to protect against the high level of suspected bogus claims received in August.
The Single Payment rate for 2014 has been set at €1 to £0.77730
The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has called for a fundamental shift in world agriculture towards more sustainable production, though there has been a massive backlash against the 'Alliance' upon which the FAO has pinned its hopes.
England's first Red List for higher plants reveals some shock declines and sparks calls for policy and decision makers to begin working with botanists.
Growers are urged to be vigilant as the risk of phoma has been heightened by recent rains.