1:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014
7:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014
For the first time this year’s Somerset Honey Show will be held at Long Sutton Village Hall near Langport on Saturday, September 20. The historic show, which dates back to 1885, will attract beekeepers from all over the county competing in 52 classes for the best honey, hive products and honey cookery.
8:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014
The NFU has commented on the Trading Standards Institute's new code of practice for sky lanterns and is calling for total ban. The code offers guidance for those designing, manufacturing, distributing, retailing or using sky lanterns -which have been the subject of sustained NFU lobbying because of the risks they pose, both to crops and livestock
1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014
Network Rail is reminding farmers and farmworkers of the importance of level crossings safety as they gather their crops this harvest. There are hundreds of user-worked crossings on farmland in Britain, which see a marked increase in traffic during the harvest season. Figures collated over the past ten years reveal that the number of collisions and near misses at these types of crossings also sharply increases over the harvest months.
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.
7:00pm Friday 29th August 2014
Frome's annual show, the Cheese Show as it’s been known locally for many years, is fast becoming one of the South West’s most important one day agricultural events. The Frome Agricultural & Cheese Show, to give it its full name, has long been a major showcase for farm machinery manufacturers and dealers making it a ‘must visit’ event for farmers, breeders and others involved in the agricultural industry.
2:50pm Friday 29th August 2014
1:20pm Friday 29th August 2014
Scientists at the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with farming groups and wildlife charities, are investigating the presence of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Cheshire wildlife by testing badgers that have been involved in road collisions.
7:00am Friday 29th August 2014
The latest computer game for those who love farming has been released. Farming Simulator 15 invites you into the challenging world of farming life, including animal husbandry (cows, chicken and sheep), crops and sales
Introduction of water voles to Cornwall sees them return to the every county in England for the first time since 1989.
12:08pm Thursday 28th August 2014
Wildlife experts at the Environment Agency have confirmed that water voles have returned to every county in England, following the final release of 60 captive bred voles within the Bude river catchment in Cornwall.
11:22am Thursday 28th August 2014
1:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014
A recent trial undertaken at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) revealed how limiting badger access to mineral licks, blocks and tubs with an innovative feeder design will improve on-farm biosecurity.
8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014
Animal experts are calling for better health surveillance of wild species to help stop the spread of diseases. Monitoring the health of animals living freely in the wild is crucial for managing infections that can pass into domestic animal and human populations, they say. It is also important for conserving threatened species and maintaining wildlife diversity.
8:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014
4:00pm Monday 25th August 2014
Scientists from Scotland’s Rural College are inviting farmers’ help for a GB wide dung sample survey investigating the prevalence of E. coli O157 infection amongst cattle destined for the food chain. The survey, to be carried out by SRUC and ADAS, is part of a much larger study, funded by the Food Standards Agency and led by the University of Edinburgh.
12:00pm Monday 25th August 2014
The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has published a new code of practice for sky lanterns aimed at and developed by industry. The code was the outcome of discussions between Government and industry hosted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
12:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014
Releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild could prove to be a cheap, effective and environmentally friendly way of pest control according to scientists at the University of East Anglia and Oxford Insect Technologies (Oxitec).
12:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014
7:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014
Saffery Champness is advising those wishing to make a legacy claim for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI support for a scheme installed between 15 July 2009 and 8 April 2014 to get moving. Claims not submitted by the deadline of 8 April 2015 will be ineligible.
2:00pm Monday 18th August 2014
More information has been published for farmers about the new Common Agricultural Policy rules. Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced further details of what the new CAP greening rules will mean for English farmers, whilst calling on the EU to provide urgent clarity on the outstanding issues and review the three crop rule.
1:00pm Monday 18th August 2014
The Soil Association is delighted to announce that the deadline for their Innovation Awards has been extended until Tuesday August 26. Now in their second year, the awards showcase the most innovative approaches to sustainable, low-impact farming and growing.
2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014
Vodafone UK has launched a national programme giving up to 100 rural communities across the UK the opportunity to apply for mobile access. Vodafone is calling for communities to work together, in partnership with their local MP, to apply for the installation of Vodafone’s innovative Open Sure Signal technology in their villages
7:00am Thursday 14th August 2014
The chief executive of Farm Stay says that the company’s new website will boost tourism and deliver many benefits for the rural economy. Andy Woodward said a huge emphasis has been placed on suggesting local activities and nearby tourist attractions for guests to encourage them to use farm accommodation as their gateway to the countryside.
7:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014
A new National Rural Crime Network, endorsed by eighteen of the UK’s Police and Crime Commissioners, including Devon and Cornwall’s Tony Hogg, has been set-up to help tackle rural crime more effectively in England and Wales.
10:00am Monday 11th August 2014
2:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014
An economically viable countryside needs a policy agenda which will encourage business development, increase food production and recognise the cost of maintaining a well managed environment; those were the key messages CLA President Henry Robinson delivered to DEFRA Secretary of State, Liz Truss at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire on Sunday.
6:00am Friday 8th August 2014
Burges Salmon has advised Co-operative Group on the sale of its Farms business. The sale reflects The Co-operative’s decision to focus on its core Retail and Consumer Services divisions, including Food, Funeralcare, General Insurance and Legal Services. The net proceeds of the Farms sale will be used to further reduce The Co-operative’s debt and invest in its core businesses.
1:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014
Local honeybees were the biggest winners when many thousands of visitors swarmed to this weekend’s Taunton Honey Show. Local families and keen gardeners found plenty to enjoy in the colourful feature held at Taunton Flower Show on August 1 and 2.
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.
10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014
The first ever NSA and NFU ‘Vision for British Lamb Production’ report has been launched at the NSA Sheep Event, clearly identifying the current position of UK lamb production and the steps needed to make the most of its future.
12:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014
11:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014
The communications and knowledge transfer team at Potato Council has a new team leader, Dr Philip Burgess, who brings a breadth of technical, scientific and commercial expertise gained from a career dedicated to potatoes.
9:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014
Work led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) has provided new insight into the structure, organisation, and evolution of the large, complex genome of the world’s most widely-grown cereal crop.
11:00am Monday 4th August 2014
6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014
8:00am Monday 28th July 2014
Richard Benyon, who was awarded the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s prestigious 2013 Cotswold Grey Partridge Trophy for the miles of wildlife habitats that he has created for this rare bird, recently passed on the baton to the latest winner of this coveted prize.
7:00am Sunday 27th July 2014
Frogmary Green Farm has become the latest farm to join LEAF’s nationwide network of LEAF Demonstration Farms. It joins over 40 other farms across the country set up to showcase the very best of sustainable farming practices.
7:00am Saturday 26th July 2014
'Square Meal: why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health' is a new report published by The Food Research Collaboration, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the National Trust, the Food Ethics Council, Sustain, the Wildlife Trusts, the Soil Association, Eating Better and Compassion in World Farming.
3:00pm Friday 25th July 2014
A framework for replacement, reduction and refinement needs to be established for the responsible use of antimicrobials along the food supply chain. This is one of the main findings put forward by a top-level roundtable, 'Antimicrobials – Who Needs Them', chaired by the sustainable farming research and development business, the Food Animal Initiative, and pharmaceutical company, Ceva.
6:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014
10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014
9:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014
The NFU is delighted to play its part in ensuring the public sector sources more British food, as the Government launched a new plan for driving more locally sourced food and drink into public procurement.
12:00pm Monday 21st July 2014
The CLA has said Government allocations from the national growth pot must benefit all sections of the economy. The organisation said it welcomed the news that Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will now have more money to benefit and grow the economy.
9:10am Monday 21st July 2014
Taunton Beekeepers’ new centre of excellence at Bradford-on-Tone was officially opened by Taunton MP Jeremy Browne on Saturday July 19. Mr Browne, who champions the work of Taunton beekeepers, joined the President of the British Beekeepers’ Association, Dr David Aston, Somerset Beekeepers’ Chairman Jonathan Friend and local members at the new £83,000 building.
1:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014
8:00am Saturday 19th July 2014
Cornwall Farmers’ new Patch & Acre store in Helston will be unveiled on Saturday July 26 2014 with a family fun day. Store manager, Mark Cole, will be joined by pupils from nearby St Michael’s Primary School in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10.30am, declaring the revamped branch officially open.
9:30am Thursday 17th July 2014
The NFU’s approach to tackling the crisis in the beef sector has been condemned as a ‘fiasco’ by its former national livestock chairman. Devon farmer Richard Haddock says the union has adopted a pitifully weak stance in dealing with the issue - and he has now resigned from it as a result.
7:00am Thursday 17th July 2014
5:40pm Wednesday 16th July 2014
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is urging farmers and their families to be more aware of the dangers for children at this time of year. According to the world’s largest professional health and safety organisation, the school summer holidays bring with them even greater opportunities for youngsters to come into danger on farms.
9:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014
The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, which certifies farmers producing beef and lamb solely on pasture and conserved forage, is looking for more suppliers to fulfill increasing demand from retailers.