Members have made significant use of the inland Place of Destination scheme (PODs) for managing imports of plants and plant products, however it is to be noted these are to be significantly changed and reduced in 2022.
The AIC Seed Dinner 2021 was planned to take place on 2 nd December 2021. However the continued uncertainty over Covid restrictions and the liability this places on member funds as well as the financial commitment from the AIC, leads the AIC to conclude that the risk attached to planning a dinner at a time when there is so much uncertainty would not be seen as a sensible and safe use of member funds.
AIC is pleased to be able to confirm that following lobbying from voluntary schemes seeking recognition under the recast Renewable Energy Directive, the European Commission has agreed to publish a list of schemes that have received a "positive preliminary assessment".
Further to the previous communication (G21 111) we are now able to confirm that information on Rule 1 of Farming Rules for Water, for organic materials being planned for spreading this autumn, has been published by the Environment Agency today, 3 rd August, in the form of a Regulatory Position Statement (RPS). An associated Questions and Answers documents has also been provided (attached).
From Monday the 9 th of August most remaining restrictions will be lifted in Scotland including limits on number of people who can meet up and social distancing rules in most settings. Please note a number of mitigations will remain in place including;
Following on from Tuesday's detailed member briefing on possible exemption from self-isolation for certain employees , Defra has provided a new online form that can be used to make applications for exemption.
FAO have recently published a useful report looking at the role of nutrition in reducing the use of antimicrobials in livestock production. The executive summary highlights some of the tools available: