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  1. bobk

    The world watches Boris's bold gamble

    Clearly the PM doesn't want to vaccinate kids , therefore taking a chance to develop some herd immunity in the quiet months before the winter virus situation hits our shores Well worth it imo ?
  2. GOV.UK RSS

    Flooding in Europe

    Flooding in Europe Written by Defra Press Office There has been significant media coverage in recent days following the catastrophic flooding that has brought devastation to multiple regions across western Germany and neighbouring countries in Europe, with water reaching levels reportedly...
  3. Old Tip

    Lack of Small Abattoirs

    The RBST and the Sustainabile Food Trust have been banging on about this issue for a bit. But it seems both the latest food report and George Eustice are missing the point re the important role of small abattoirs to farmers who sell direct or to local butchers. The big companies don’t want the...
  4. GOV.UK RSS

    Water companies given green light to invest £2.7 billion on building back greener

    Water companies given green light to invest £2.7 billion on building back greener Written by Defra Press Office Ofwat has today announced a final package of £2.7 billion from water companies as part of the country’s green recovery from the pandemic. The proposals follow an invitation in...
  5. GOV.UK RSS

    Henry Dimbleby’s independent review of the food system

    Henry Dimbleby’s independent review of the food system Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread coverage this morning of Henry Dimbleby’s independent review of the food system. Coverage has appeared in BBC News, Daily Mail, The Times, the Sun, The Daily Telegraph, The...
  6. Farm Business RSS

    National Food Strategy calls for historic reforms to build a ‘better food system for a healthier nation’

    Written by Alistair Driver from Farm Business A new National Food Strategy has today called on the Government to invest £1bn in research and development to help improve the national diet, develop sustainable farming practices and protect the environment. In a landmark report commissioned by...
  7. Still Farming

    Yorkshire show 2021

    Anyone been? On TV tonight. Good show. Never thought there is or has been a Pandemic as looks like all back to normal is it?
  8. Steevo

    Future Farming Resilience Fund - more jobs for consultants?

    Seems like DEFRA are planning to make funds available for consultants to advise farmers (yet again!) on how to survive post direct payments. Am I cynical in thinking it's more like a gravy train for consultants...
  9. Defra Farming

    Regulation workshops: what we did next

    Regulation workshops: what we did next Written by Karen Steele Natural England/Peter Roworth We want a regulatory system for farming that maintains our high standards of animal health and welfare and takes care of our natural environment. Our regulatory system needs to work for those who...
  10. deeplume

    Cut or graze AB8 (Flower Rich Margins & Plots)...?

    Looking at using AB8 for some fairly big chunks of field on my next Stewardship. Do you cut or graze yours? Does anyone make hay from it? I've got cows to graze it with, so thinking that might be the easier / cheaper option but be good to have baling as a back up plan. Fairly happy that the cows...
  11. Agriland RSS

    Nature projects receive funding in efforts to tackle climate change

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland Projects to restore kelp forests, create new woodland, deliver natural flood risk management and improve water quality are among an initial 27 schemes to benefit from a pioneering new fund to drive private investment in nature and tackle climate change...
  12. Defra Farming

    The Future Farming Resilience Fund: providers named

    The Future Farming Resilience Fund: providers named Written by Andrew Powley The Future Farming Resilience Fund is designed to provide business support to farmers and land managers during the early years of the agricultural transition. It does this by awarding grants to organisations who help...
  13. GOV.UK RSS

    Too many water companies still failing to protect environment

    Too many water companies still failing to protect environment Written by Defra Press Office There has been widespread media coverage today (Tuesday 13 July) of Environment Agency’s annual report on the environmental performance of England’s nine water and sewerage companies. The report –...
  14. GOV.UK RSS

    Inaccurate coverage of gulls licensing

    Inaccurate coverage of gulls licensing Written by Defra Press Office There continues to be inaccurate coverage of nuisance gulls and Natural England’s licence management, with reports claiming that residents concerned about gull activity were required to produce doctors’ notes to prove that...
  15. GOV.UK RSS

    Southern Water fined record £90m for dumping sewage

    Southern Water fined record £90m for dumping sewage Written by Defra Press Office There was extensive media coverage this weekend of a record £90 million fine handed to Southern Water on Friday (9 July) following an Environment Agency investigation. The Times, Guardian, Daily Mail...
  16. Agriland RSS

    Government launches Bees’ Needs Week

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland To mark the start of Bees’ Needs Week 2021 (July 12 – July 18), Environment Minister Rebecca Pow is calling on everyone – from individuals, farmers, gardeners, or managers of urban spaces – to take five simple actions to care for bees and other...
  17. GOV.UK RSS

    Buzzing for Bees’ Needs Week 2021

    Buzzing for Bees’ Needs Week 2021 Written by Defra Press Office The Defra-coordinated annual Bees’ Needs Week kicked off today to highlight what everyone can be doing at home to care for bees and other pollinators. There was positive coverage in The Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Farming...
  18. Bald Rick

    Clarkson... Livstock’s champion

    It’s a pity the article is hidden away in today’s Sunday Times magazine but there is nothing like a convert and Mr Clarkson gives it to the British consumer with both barrels. Under the headline: “We should be proud of our animal welfare state.” and it strapline ‘Us Brits like to look after our...
  19. Chris F

    National Food Strategy

    I see the Nation Food Strategy due out next week has been leaked to the papers. Write up in the Times today. Aims - "break the junk food cycle" Headline - "Free fruit and Veg planned for the poor" Mentions for eating Algae instead of meat. A "meat tax" is not going to be included, but...
  20. Grassman

    Hedgecutting for safety

    I have seen quite a few gate entrances with hedges trimmed to improve vision. All good. Then I have seen some who have cut the whole hedge alongside a track and road. Someone says this is OK but I thought otherwise. Anyone know what is acceptable?
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