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    Mail on Sunday front page tommorrow :-(

    Without doubt "I told you so" are collectively the four most aggravating words in the English language. The only logical reason that a farmer would have voted for Brexit would be to pull British Agriculture down to its knees and to then by means known only unto themselves profit from that...
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    Dear my Member of Parliament

    I've been rumbled, had hoped we could keep our feather bedded life secret. I can now reveal the shocking truth, three Spud Men, enjoying their soft lifestyle, carrying a box of gold from the field
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    Dear my Member of Parliament

    Subject : Boris and “mumbo-jumbo” Alex On 27 April 2018, the EU announced a total ban on neonicotinoid insecticide use. On 30th January 2020 the US Environmental Protection Agency announced their “Regulatory Review” of neonicotinoid pesticides which amounted no more than “working with...
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    Dear my Member of Parliament

    Subject: My staff are not “low-skilled workers” Alex Today we are sending 21.7 tons of potatoes to the London markets. That’s about 135,000 potatoes, they ride in 1,955 separate packs. The potatoes don’t wash and grade themselves, they don’t dutifully jump into those packs on their own, they...
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    Dear my Member of Parliament

    A substantial majority of Farmers voted for Brexit, an equally large majority voted in a Government that is now without effective Parliamentary restraint for the next five years. We have dug our hole it is up to us to get ourselves out of it. One of the ways out is too make sure that our MPs are...
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    Minette did well on QT

    Minette is a class act, she had James Cleverly on the ropes on food standards. Time after time he refused to answer the crucial question. Will Boris allow food imports that it would be illegal to produce in the UK? The question was greeted by a full applause from the audience. Cleverly, not an...
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    Brexit humour

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    The best potato planter and harvester

    Spud, here are a couple of videos taken last year. Charlie can fill you in with the details but simply the 400hp Cat engine drives both the many hydraulic pumps and a three phase generator. All the harvesting modules, which get wider as they progress, are hung below the chassis, the steering...
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    The best potato planter and harvester

    Unfortunately Psix met a fiery end through no fault of it's own. Charlie's P3 has now done six hard Essex years, finished a couple of days ago. Don't spend £500k build your own. Photo shows sun can shine on a spud harvester
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    Your current weather.

    The wet was just beginning to soak away but 8mm today puts us back to square one. Our rainfall info curtesy of : https://environment.data.gov.uk/flood-monitoring/assets/demo/index.html
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    Are electric / hybrid cars a busted flush .

    My better half was sure she did not want a "milk float", it took a little trickery to get her into one, the milk float idea lasted ten yards. I found a previous version with a smaller battery with 600 miles on the clock for the same price as a Ford Focus. I have a happy girl. It is hilariously...
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    Kicking out 21 MP’s

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    AHA Rents, DFRA “Farming is Changing” and "No Deal" Brexit

    All Farms are different so the detail of our Arbitration may not fit your farm. The crunch issue for us was the status of the interest charge on the Landlords improvements. The landlord set the review process going by demanding £88 per acre plus £15 per acre for the improvements. The arbitrator...
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    This forum Brexit

    In logic therefore if we have not lost 52% of farmers, in fact not lost hardly any at all, then the EU must be the greatest thing since Muhammed Ali reckoned he was the greatest. The bible of Agricultural statistics is by Marks and Britton they give the 1976 total of Uk farmers as 299,000 ( we...
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    AHA Rents, DFRA “Farming is Changing” and "No Deal" Brexit

    WTO trade distorting Agricultural support, known as Amber Box, runs at 19 billion dollars for the USA and 8 billion dollars for the EU. So certainly not forbidden. The current UK Agriculture Bill envisages zero subsidy in the Amber Box. However we deal here with rent reviews and ELMS. At our...
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    AHA Rents, DFRA “Farming is Changing” and "No Deal" Brexit

    You make a good point. I get told off for being too long winded hence my simplistic statement. In order to survive my understand is that each bill has to be passed by a carry over motion in this case between 3rd and 9th September. Given the controversial nature of the bills and the other matters...
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    This forum Brexit

    Thanks Muckspreader but no need to be concerned that a forum new boy like me might be put off. I find it interesting that despite my prodding over the last week or two not one meaningful line of argument has come forward to justify a farming vote to leave on a No Deal basis. Posts that depend to...
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    This forum Brexit

    It would be good to know which Directives you don't like and you think Boris will dispense with and not replace post Brexit. Whilst you are suspicious of Brussels my experience tells me that Whitehall and Local Government are a far greater problem. I give you two examples. Our local Tory...
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    AHA Rents, DFRA “Farming is Changing” and "No Deal" Brexit

    I can only tell you what was found by the Arbitrator at our last review. Our landlords successfully claimed 50% of the shooting and fishing rents we were not allowed any cost offsets even though we had stocked the reservoir with the carp. They even claimed that we should charge any horse riders...

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