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    Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs - DEFRA. The UK Government department tasked with issues such as the environment, rural development, the countryside, wildlife, animal welfare and sustainable development. Formerly MAFF, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Foods.

    Foot and Mouth Disease - Comprehensive information from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the symptoms and transmission of Foot-and-Mouth Disease.

    Institute of Arable Crops Research - The IACR is supported by the BBSRC, MAFF, SBRE Fund, ODA, and the private sector. It conducts basic, strategic and applied research in biological and related sciences; integrating these to optimise crop production systems. Site describes the work of the institute and provides maps of how to get to its sites.

    Intervention Board - Explains the role of the board in helping UK farmers and traders to work within the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

    Information on Farming - UK Government farming site provides information on Common Agricultural Policy reform, agricultural employment, agrimoney, grants and financial assistance, milk quotas, plant health and horticulture.

    National Institute of Agricultural Botany - The NIAB is an independent body specialising in agriculture, horticulture and food. It supplies a number of services including consultancy, training, and technical advice to governments, supra-governmental agencies, agribusiness and farmers.

    MAFF-BSE - Official UK government site which covers a number of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) related subjects.

    UK Pesticides Safety Directorate - Includes a section on LERAPs (Local Environmental Risk Assessments For Pesticides) and a downloadable version of the PSD Consumer model.

    Sheep Dipping - HSE Leaflet AS29 which helps farmers and others involved in dipping sheep to protect their health and the environment.

    Forestry Commission of Great Britain - Regulates the usage and development of forests in Great Britain.

    Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission - Advises the UK government on biotechnology issues and developments which impact on agriculture and the environment.

    Veterinary Medicines Directorate - Executive Agency responsible for issues concerning the use and manufacture of veterinary medicines in the UK. Site provides information and publications concerning the work of the VMD.

    The Veterinary Medicines Directorate - Includes editions of MAVIS (Medicines Act Veterinary Information Service) and AMELIA (Animal Medicines European Licensing Information and Advice).

    Veterinary Laboratories Agency - Regional network of laboratories supported by a central research facility, providing all sectors of the animal health industry with animal disease surveillance, diagnostic services and veterinary scientific research. The Agency's aim is to promote animal heath and welfare and minimise hazards associated with the environment and its principal role is to support the MAFF State Veterinary Service in the national control of farm animal diseases.

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