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    Victoria Prentis at NFU Tenants Conference!

    On the first day of this year's virtual NFU Tenant Farmers' Conference, farming minister Victoria Prentis announced that subsidies for farmers would change from year to year. The minister explained that a new mindset was needed, as behaviours the government wants farmers to engage with might...
  2. GOV.UK RSS

    Nuffield Report on Gene Editing

    Nuffield Report on Gene Editing Written by Defra Press Office This morning, there was extensive coverage in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Farming Today and others, of a new Nuffield Council on Bioethics report, urging the Government to ensure that...
  3. EddieB

    Who else woke up to find their SFP in their account?

    Quite a nice surprise to see such prompt payment from the RPA. Are most people in the same boat?
  4. Defra Farming

    How farmers in protected landscapes are using their funding

    How farmers in protected landscapes are using their funding Written by Kate Corfield Re-wiggling of a beck in The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty You might remember that the Farming in Protected Landscapes programme opened for applications in July. In August, we shared...
  5. agcon1

    grant price hike

    we are looking at a piece of equipment and have been discussing price/ specs with manufactures rep...said we were interested but would hold off ordering until the grants had been released....contacted them again last week and said we were applying for grant but would be going ahead whether we...
  6. GOV.UK RSS

    National Tree Week launch media coverage

    National Tree Week launch media coverage Written by Defra Press Office There has been positive coverage of our announcement that we are launching a new coastal community forest in Cumbria, on the first day of National Tree Week (Monday 29 November – Sunday 5 December) in the Daily Mail, News...
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    rspb hedge campaign

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/rspb-english-government-england-defra-b968384.html looks like the rspb is going to start campaigning to convert bps cross compliance rules into legislation. so much for opting out of elms and being able to do what you think is best. not a suprise though.
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    Critical Mass

    To paraphrase some recent posts on here: ‘The EA staff aren’t what they were. Can’t even hang a gate properly.’ ‘The vets aren’t what they were. I seem to know more than they do.’ ‘The Defra staff aren’t what they were. Just don’t understand the practicalities.’ ‘The Ag colleges aren’t what...
  9. Agriland RSS

    Former UK Chief Veterinary Officer wins David Black award for 2021

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland Prof. Jim Scudamore has been awarded the David Black Award 2021 in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the pig industry over the past 20 years. The prestigious award was presented by the Lord Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at...
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    Are There Really Less Lambs?

    Perhaps someone cleverer than me could put up a Poll on how many lambs there are left on farms. The prices indicate that numbers are indeed very short, however the slaughter statistics are significantly lower since August. We would have less lambs to slaughter between now and April, but would...
  11. GOV.UK RSS

    Great British Beach Clean coverage

    Great British Beach Clean coverage Written by Defra Press Office There has been coverage today in the Guardian, the Daily Mail, The Times and The Telegraph of the results of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) 2021 Great British Beach Clean, which found that litter on UK beaches has...
  12. The Agrarian

    Strain B1.1.529

    Thought I'd make a start on what could be big news, depending on current spread and whether it evades vaccine immunity. Thoughts and information here please...
  13. Boysground

    Nroso heavy handed email

    I am at the end of my 3 year cycle for Nroso. What with one thing and another I have not managed to do as many training events as usual and ended up with 29 points. Saw this on my statement and coincidentally my local NIAB conference was last week so I popped along and signed the BASIS and Nroso...
  14. Defra Farming

    Tackling climate change and extinction - the farm that’s showing the way

    Tackling climate change and extinction - the farm that’s showing the way Written by Merrick Denton-Thompson OBE, FLI Farmer Henry Edmunds walking among sainfoin Cholderton is a 1000-hectare estate on the Hampshire/Wiltshire border. It participated in one of Defra's environmental land...
  15. GOV.UK RSS

    New report into sewage discharges during the bathing season

    New report into sewage discharges during the bathing season Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread coverage today including in the Daily Mail, the Guardian, the Independent, the Times, the Telegraph, Daily Express, and Sky News about a new annual report by Surfers Against...
  16. Agriland RSS

    ‘Protecting bird health and welfare is our number 1 priority’ – NFU

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland The National Farmers Union (NFU) is working with its members to ensure they can put in place all the necessary measures to house their birds, as Defra announces new mandatory housing measures will be implemented across the UK from November 29. NFU chief...
  17. CPM RSS

    Farmers urged to respond to Government consultation to reform the AHDB

    Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine The Government is seeking views on proposals to help deliver a more efficient AHDB and value for money, following the outcome of the feedback from the horticulture and potato sectors. The AHDB, an arms-length body of Defra, was established in...
  18. Matt77

    New drill grant

    Maybe a daft question, can’t see the answer on Defra website, can you use a part exchange in the deal without causing a problem with the grant.
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    Muckspreading insanity

    Environment Agency seeks to uphold autumn muckspreading ban © Tim Scrivener The Environment Agency (EA) is showing no signs of softening its approach towards spreading farmyard manure and slurry in the autumn, despite pressure from MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) committee...
  20. Chips

    Is ploughing bad ?

    I know being from plough manufacturer they have a vested interest but an interesting read .
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