The NFU has announced that it is to support Bayer’s legal challenge on the European Commission's restrictions of the use of neonicotinoids.
NFU director general Andy Robertson said: "The NFU will support Bayer’s legal challenge of the European Commission’s restrictions on neonicotinoids, and as with the Syngenta challenge, we are planning a direct intervention to support the case.
"We are giving our support because we believe the restrictions are a clear example of poor policy making by regulators.
"The NFU is concerned that the restrictions were made without a clear basis in science and as a result will harm NFU members’ ability to farm productively and sustainably.
"This sustainable approach depends in part on the availability of a diverse range of pesticides, and the erosion of active ingredients on unjustifiable grounds increases the risk of pest, weed and disease resistance."