CPRE warns that the countryside will be blighted by housing developments

South West Farmer: A view across the countryside of Upper Wharfedale showing farms, drystone walls, hay meadows and sheep in the fields. (6707063)

8:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

A new research paper from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) published today shows that steep targets for the amount of land councils must allocate for housing are opening the door to major housing developments in the countryside.

Safe Use of Pesticides Spraying Courses

South West Farmer:

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

The Exmoor Hill Farming Network are offering another round of courses following on from our first round in June. The day will consist of class room based training and the online assessment will be taken at the end of the day (multiple choice questions) you will be given up to an one hour to complete.

Farmland values break £10,000 per acre barrier

South West Farmer: Agricultural land - capital growth key driver for investors

8:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

Farmland values topped £10,000 per acre for the first time ever in the second quarter of 2014 according to rural property services providers, Smiths Gore. Values have increased by 6 per cent over the past 12 months. In the South West of the country, there are 23 per cent more farms for sale compared with the same period in 2013.

Get free tweets to monitor river levels

South West Farmer:

2:00pm Monday 14th July 2014

A free dedicated online and social media tool for monitoring real-time English and Welsh waterways information has been launched to help river users easily access the data they need for their hobby or work.

Trees can reduce flooding risk say The Woodland Trust

South West Farmer: How to help combat climate change

9:00am Sunday 22nd June 2014

The Government needs to focus on long-term investment to mitigate the risk of future flooding, as well as allocating funding for just short-term defence strategies, The Woodland Trust has said.

Statistics show decline in organic land area is slowing

South West Farmer: OF&G welcomes Defra's report on organic land

12:00pm Tuesday 10th June 2014

Statistics reveal a decline in organic land area in the UK has slowed significantly in comparison to drop-offs seen in the last four years. That’s the key fact to be found in the latest Organic Statistics released by Defra and it has been welcomed by leading control body, Organic Farmers & Growers (OF&G).

Shale gas proposals must address landowner concerns, says CLA

South West Farmer: Herefordshire Council "won't be influenced by Goverment" over fracking debate

12:00pm Friday 6th June 2014

The CLA has said that proposals in the Queen’s speech “to open up access to shale and geothermal sites” as part of an Infrastructure Bill, would gift access to private property for commercial companies, and fails to address the concerns of land and property owners.

UK's crop industry under threat from EU pesticide clampdown

South West Farmer: EU regs will lead to more crop imports

11:00am Thursday 29th May 2014

Moves to tighten EU pesticide regulations could remove up to half the available crop protection products. Industry leaders are concerned that the unjustified restrictions will place the UK crop sector under threat making UK crops uncompetitive in the global crop market.

Poultry still best value meat

South West Farmer: Poultry is still the best value meat

9:00am Monday 26th May 2014

Poultry prices have risen by around 1.8 per cent on average, much more slowly than 29 other food categories, according to a report from the Office for National Statistics.

Somerset flood victims offered advice sessions

South West Farmer: The farming community on the Somerset Levels has been badly affected by the floods

7:00pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

The Environment Agency is inviting people living on the Somerset Moors and Levels to another two drop-in surgeries at Aller and Stoke St Gregory.

Moorland farmers to receive more funding

South West Farmer: The Heather flushed moorland

1:00pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

Moorland farmers who help protect some of England's most treasured landscapes will receive about £26 more a hectare under Common Agriculture Policy (CAP) payments from next year.

Is ash dieback here to stay?

South West Farmer: Woodland Trust site manager checks for signs of ash dieback. Photo credit: Reuters/Darren Staples

12:40pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

The Woodland Trust has commented on the latest government publication regarding diseases affecting the nation's trees. The The government's Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Expert Taskforce has published an updated Tree Health Management Plan, alongside a wider Plant Biosecurity Strategy.

Allotments could be key to sustainable farming, study finds

South West Farmer: A full-size allotment at Whitehawk

12:00pm Monday 12th May 2014

An increase in urban allotments could help us meet the rising demand for food throughout the world, without damaging the Earth’s soils, according to new research from the University of Sheffield

Bird survey shows half-million acres of farmland is dedicated to wildlife

South West Farmer: : Starlings were seen on over 40% of the farms taking part and were the most abundant bird recorded in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Big Farmland Bird Count. (Photo credit: Peter Thompson, GWCT.

6:50am Monday 14th April 2014

Bird survey shows half-million acres of farmland is dedicated to wildlife Despite it being the wettest winter since records began more than 500 farmers, covering nearly half-million acres of UK farmland, rose to the challenge of taking part in the first year of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Big Farmland Bird Count in February.

South West Water funding helps keep Penwith wild

South West Farmer: Wild Penwith Volunteer tasks such as clearing invasive plant species helps benefit stream wildlife including otters photo by Elliot Smith

2:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Since last September Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wild Penwith Volunteers have carried out over 160 hours of practical conservation work across west Penwith, helping to restore eight acres of important wildlife habitat; all thanks to funding from South West Water. The Trust, Cornwall’s leading local wildlife charity protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places are delighted that the company have just agreed to support Wild Penwith for another year.

20-acre solar installation secures a bright future for West Devon farm

South West Farmer: Linda and Geoff Petherick retired from milk production in 2006 after a period of low milk prices saw their farm’s overdraft escalate.

9:24am Thursday 10th April 2014

Leasing a proportion of their farm for a solar PV (photovoltaic) development and replacing their dairy cows with sheep has secured the future of Eastacombe Farm for Geoff and Linda Petherick.

Keep pressure up on red tape challenge, says NFU

South West Farmer: Minette Batters is a strong contender in the NFU deputy and vice-presidential elections

1:58pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

The NFU says that although progress is being made by Government in cutting red tape, it must act with more urgency so that farmers can see the benefits on the ground.

Urgent action on food waste needed

South West Farmer: CONTROVERSIAL: A bill to introduce National Service had its second reading in Parliament

9:16am Tuesday 8th April 2014

The House of Lords EU Committee has today called for urgent action on food waste in Europe highlighting that at least 90 million tonnes of food is wasted across the EU each year.

NFU respond to Kendall's AHDB appointment

South West Farmer: CALL: NFU President Peter Kendall during the National Farmer’s Union annual Conference at the ICC, Birmingham

3:38pm Monday 7th April 2014

NFU President Meurig Raymond has said he looks forward to working closely with Peter Kendall.

'Significant' land-based skills shortage in UK

South West Farmer: Plans for huge solar farm on MP Richard Drax’s estate facing judicial review

8:36am Monday 7th April 2014

The Baroness Young of Old Scone hosted an event on Thursday which saw the launch of an updated report on the future skills and employment needs of the land-based and environmental industries.

Five-fold increase in UK landslides

4:00am Saturday 14th September 2013

Over the last 14 months there has been a five-fold increase in reported landslides in the UK, scientists say.

Landowners win sweet chestnut import ban to prevent blight

6:00am Saturday 20th July 2013

The Country Landowners Association has successfully lobbied the government to bring in a ban on imports of sweet chestnut trees from areas affected by blight.

SW farmers dispute the way anti-floods cash is spent

8:38am Monday 22nd April 2013

Farmers on the Somerset Levels, whose land flooded in January, say they do not agree with how a £600,000 help-fund is being spent.

Duchy of Cornwall needs radical overhaul, says peer

10:00am Saturday 6th April 2013

The Duchy of Cornwall should be radically overhauled, according to a Cornish Labour peer.

Common land reclaimed in Cornwall

8:30am Tuesday 19th February 2013

Carn Galva Common, west of Zennor, has been reclaimed as registered common land using legislation pioneered in Cornwall.

Up to 700 farmers helped by Exmoor Hill Farm Project

11:50am Wednesday 13th February 2013

More than 700 livestock farmers have now been helped through a project set up three years ago to give a welcome boost to the Exmoor farming industry.

Soils at all-time nutrient low

8:00am Wednesday 13th February 2013

Soils are at an all-time nutrient low according to the lead agronomist of a firm providing national fertiliser programmes.

Sort out soils or crop yields suffer

10:00am Sunday 10th February 2013

Arable farmers need to ensure they cure any over-wintered compaction ahead of spring drilling, or risk poorer crop performance and lower yields, warns James Kissock, territory manager for Great Plains.

Concerns over low soil nitrogen levels

5:00pm Wednesday 6th February 2013

With difficult growing conditions last season many crops were unlikely to have used all the nitrogen fertiliser applied, so soil reserves were generally higher than you might expect at the end of August.

Bad weather causes high levels of silage spoilage

7:30am Monday 4th February 2013

This has been one of the most challenging years for grassland farmers and many silage clamps this winter have been opened up only to reveal high levels of spoilage caused by secondary fermentation.

'Muck carpet' aids nutrient management

7:30am Wednesday 30th January 2013

A “muck carpet” illustrating how different types and levels of manure can affect grassland is helping get nutrient management messages across to livestock farmers.

Lime is key to improving soil pH and maximising fertiliser utilisation

6:10pm Tuesday 29th January 2013

When it comes to soil husbandry agricultural lime plays a major role in the profitability of both grass and arable crops.

Farmers warned over 'key changes' to pesticide regulations

8:40am Saturday 26th January 2013

Farmers and crop sprayer operators must be aware of new pesticide regulations, according to farm business consultancy firm Strutt & Parker.

Superb land market sales for 2012

South West Farmer: Superb land market sales for 2012

11:20am Thursday 24th January 2013

The 2012 land market saw some superb sales of land reinforced by the lack of supply to meet the demand from both farmers and investors.

Controlling slurry gas is top priority

6:10am Tuesday 22nd January 2013

CONTROLLING the life-threatening gas emitted from stored slurry must now become a top priority health and safety issue for all UK livestock farmers, says Liz Russell, managing director of the Lancashire-based company Envirosystems.

Cuts threaten environmental farming schemes

6:00pm Monday 21st January 2013

A SURVEY of farmers across the south west has revealed that 96 per cent think environmental work on their farms would be impacted if payments for wildlife-friendly farming, known as agri-environment schemes, were stopped or reduced.

Cornish farmers get help to reduce pollutants

11:00am Monday 21st January 2013

FARMERS with land close to the River Fowey in Cornwall are getting a helping hand from South West Water to make improvements to their farms that in turn will help reduce pollutants seeping into the river.

Grants available to south west farmers for improvement grants

2:20pm Sunday 20th January 2013

THE Catchment Sensitive Farming initiative is making a record £21.5 million available this year to help farmers carry out improvement works that will improve drinking water quality and enhance local wetland environments.

Talk on the wildlife and history of west Penwith’s rough ground

11:20am Sunday 20th January 2013

The Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wild Penwith project team will be presenting an evening talk about the moors, heathlands and other habitats of Penwith at the Methodist Hall, Chapel Street, St Just on Thursday 31st January at 6.30pm.

Private woodlands most sought after in UK

6:00pm Monday 14th January 2013

Private woodland is currently the most sought-after property in Britain, according to the leading specialist agents in the sector, with an estimated 100,000 acres per year changing hands, and some parts of the market seeing values rise by as much as 20 per cent over the last two years.

Adding new Sparks at agricultural valuers

South West Farmer: Rebekah Sparks who has just qualified as valuer

11:00am Monday 14th January 2013

A SOMERSET farmer’s daughter has recently qualified as a member of the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers.

South west farmers urged to get advice on business rates

10:20am Monday 7th January 2013

Savills in Cornwall is urging farmers and landowners to seek advice on their business rate liability, following an announcement that the way the payments are processed will change.

Review: Are you burying your head in the soil?

Recently the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) announced that farmers are putting themselves at risk of losing Single Payment Scheme (SPS) payments because they are not completing their Soil Protection Reviews (SPR).

Future of hill farming is 'finely balanced'

9:49am Monday 22nd October 2012

Exmoor farmer Robin Milton, chairman of the NFU upland group, says the future of hill farming is ‘finely balanced’ and if the current CAP reform negotiations don’t go the right way, prospects for family farming will be bleak.

New chairman for commission's poultry advisory group

8:40am Saturday 13th October 2012

NFU poultry board member Charles Bourns has been elected chairman of the European Commission’s influential poultry advisory group.

Crop yields 'variable' after mixed weather

5:43pm Tuesday 9th October 2012

After a summer of persistent and occasionally torrential rain, UK yields for 2012 have been mixed across arable crops, according to results of a NFU members’ survey.

Farmers to gain access to crucial markets

8:30am Saturday 18th August 2012

Arable farmers will gain critical access to biofuel export markets after the Red Tractor and Scottish Quality Crops (SQC) schemes gained commercial recognition on a European level.

Think of animals through the celebrations

8:00am Monday 4th June 2012

While celebrating this summer’s Jubilee and Olympics, the public should think twice before setting off fireworks, releasing balloons and lighting sky lanterns

Prize winner off to the US

8:50am Saturday 2nd June 2012

Kenton Bennett from Kerry Farm, Sturminster Newton will be jetting off to the Alltech Global 500 Conference in Kentucky

New booklet available

12:50pm Friday 1st June 2012

Livestock farmers can evaluate which forage crops to grow, and which varieties give the best yields, using a free Pocket Guide to Forage Crop Trial Results, produced by Limagrain UK.






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