In light of some comments on social media and the farming press about instances of over-yeared seed bags breaking, following consultation with several Seed Sector members AIC has issued a press release raising the points below for staff on farm to be aware of.
Following the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed Section (SCoPAFF) Phytopharmaceutical section meeting on 16 / 17 July there was support for the non-renewal of benalaxyl and bromoxynil (and fenamiphos).
Ricardo consulting on behalf of the Scottish Government are carrying out research on the potential for leguminous crops in Scotland which could also support GHG mitigation. Dave Freeman from Ricardo would like to hear your views on this subject.
Following the announcement on the 21st September that the UK Coronavirus Alert Level had been increased from three to four, AIC in consultation with the audit and certification bodies has decided to pause on site audits across all schemes with immediate effect until further notice.
AIC has received confirmation from the Environment Agency (EA) that all feed mills in scope of the Industrial Emissions Directive will still need to comply with the associated legally binding Best Available Techniques (BAT (page 76-78 for animal feed) by the 4 th December 2023 - regardless of any delay in the EA’s start of the Permit review process. The date is set in the legislation and therefore will not change.
Minister Prentis announced on 18 September 2020 that outdoor uses of metaldehyde will be withdrawn. This follows a Defra review of the decision taken in December 2018 to withdraw outdoor uses of metaldehyde.
As covered in briefing S20-20 on trade with the EU from 2021, the Border Operating Model published in July made a number of references to seed and stated a list of plants and plant products that would require pre-notification of import would be published “in due course”.
Background | In August, Defra launched a consultation on whether the Government should introduce a new law designed to prevent forests and other important natural areas from being illegally converted into agricultural land.
AIC has again received requests from multiple companies that in order to meet market demand, a derogation be sought for winter bean seed. The germination level requested would provisionally be 70%, as was the case previously.