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Has your local council banned sky lanterns?

Since 2019 the NFU’s petition to ban sky lanterns in the UK has gained over 100,000 signatures as more research is conducted into their potential ability to start wildfires, kill animals, destroy crops, set buildings alight, as well as littering the countryside. To date 188 councils out of 333 have banned them in England and Wales.

Renewed call for strategy to deal with flooding on productive farmland

With Storm Babet leaving vast areas of farmland underwater, the NFU is demanding the government matches its talk about the importance of UK food security with action on water management.

Weather warnings in place as Storm Babet threatens rural areas

Storm Babet is battering large parts of the UK, with a rare red weather alert issued by the Met Office for “exceptional” rainfall in parts of Scotland, stating a risk to life.

Higher risk of mud on roads expected this harvest, NFU Mutual warns

Farmers harvesting bumper maize crops this autumn are being advised to take extra precautions to avoid leaving mud on roads and protect other road users.

HSE reports highest workplace fatalities in agriculture sector

The latest figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) report that, between April and June 2023, the UK agriculture sector has seen more workplace fatalities than any other sector and continues to have the highest rate across all workplaces.

Farmers issued safety advice ahead of Storm Agnes

As Storm Agnes is set to kick off this storm naming season with winds of up to 75mph in many parts of the UK, NFU Mutual is urging farmers to act now and protect their farms before it is too late.

Transporting sugar beet safely – guidance on the rules

With British Sugar recently announcing their factory opening dates, many farmers and haulage companies are preparing to transport sugar beet to the factories this autumn. Keeping farmers and industry workers safe is a key topic right now, here are some important things to consider regarding vehicle load safety and security.

Handling grain – 8 hazards and dangers to consider

The farming industry carries many risks. Some are obvious, such as dealing with heavy or sharp apparatus, working at height or even angry livestock, and others less so, such as handling grain.

Combine harvester blaze in Suffolk spread to three acres of cut crop

Four appliances and a UniMog were deployed to a scene on the outskirts of Ipswich after a fire broke out inside a combine harvester.

Tractor driver seriously injured in collision with lorry

A man driving a tractor was airlifted to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge having sustained serious injuries following a collision with a lorry on the A140 near Little Stonham this Wednesday (2nd August).

Farmers issued tyre safety reminder as part of Farm Safety Week

As Farm Safety Week gets underway, farmers are being reminded to perform vital tyre checks on agricultural machinery to maintain safety on farmland and rural roads.

NFU promotes farm safety with ‘Take 5 to Stay Alive’ campaign

In support of Yellow Wellies’ eleventh Farm Safety Week, the NFU has launched its ‘Take 5 to Stay Alive’ campaign encouraging farmers to pause and evaluate the risks before starting a job to prevent life-changing and fatal accidents.

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