The recent resignation of Paul Temple triggered the need for a poll. But NFU president Peter Kendall said: "There are serious political issues to be dealt with. A June 2009 election would be an unnecessary and unwelcome distraction. The NFU must focus on big policy and not introspective internal issues." Hustings for the elections for all office holders including vice-president start in autumn.
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The new fresh-produce season is around the corner and Brexit just over a year away, yet the Government has still given no indication that it will enable seasonal workers to come to the UK in the volumes the sector requires, either in this season or any other.
Last week's British Independent Fruit Growers Association Technical Day (31 January), heard about the latest research in orchard pests and diseases and how to deal with them.
A tipping point has been reached in the attitude of retailers and the Government to waste plastic which is likely to affect suppliers' future packaging options.
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