Cotswold farmer wins award for giving extra for conservation

South West Farmer:

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.

Frogmary Green Farm Joins Network of LEAF Demonstration Farms

South West Farmer:

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.

New report: why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health

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

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.

Replace, Reduce, Refine – Roundtable discusses antimicrobial use

South West Farmer: Hit-and-run driver leaves cow for dead

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.

Liz Truss to visit Somerset Levels

South West Farmer:

6:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Newly-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss is to visit Somerset to check the progress of a massive dredging programme designed to reduce flooding problems on the Levels.

South West insurer issues warning on farm machinery fires

South West Farmer: Fire crews tackle the burning combine harvester

10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

South West insurance firm Cornish Mutual is issuing a warning to farmers as the hot weather causes an increase in farm machinery fires during intensive haymaking and harvesting work.

NFU welcomes Defra’s £400m food procurement plans

South West Farmer:

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.

Call for ‘Growth Deal’ announcement to benefit rural economy

South West Farmer:

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.

New beekeeping ‘Centre of Excellence’ officially opened

South West Farmer:

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.

Open Farm Sunday a record breaker

South West Farmer: The Leaf Open Farm Sunday was a huge success

1:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

It is official - Open Farm Sunday 2014 was another record-breaking year, with 207,000 visitors, a 3 per cent increase on last year's numbers.

Family fun day for Helston store opening

South West Farmer:

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.

NFU 'a spent force' says former Board Chairman

South West Farmer:

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.

Banks issue fraud warning for businesses

South West Farmer: Telephone scams are a problem in Dartford and Gravesend.

7:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

NatWest and RBS are warning businesses to be vigilant after a new twist on an old scam has seen businesses in the farming community lose hundreds of thousands of pounds so far this year.

Farm work is not child’s play

South West Farmer: A combine harvester working in a field near Pocklington

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.

More pasture-fed producers wanted in south west

South West Farmer:

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.

Inspiring young people key focus at NSA event

South West Farmer:

6:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

The important role of the industry in inspiring young people to enter the sheep sector will be a key focus of the NSA Sheep 2014 event on Wednesday July 30 at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire.

British farmers hit out at Tesco’s failure to deliver on commitments

South West Farmer: Meurig Raymond

5:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

NFU President, Meurig Raymond, has strongly criticised Tesco’s decision to heavily promote New Zealand lamb in the middle of the prime season for British lamb, given previous commitments that they have made.

Owen Paterson sacked as Environment Secretary

South West Farmer: Owen Paterson

11:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

OWEN Paterson has been sacked in the latest Cabinet reshuffle by David Cameron. His role as Environment Secretary has been taken by Liz Truss, (MP for south west Norfolk), after he had been in the post for less than two years.

Badger vaccination programme underway at Cornish resort

South West Farmer:

2:10pm Monday 14th July 2014

The controversial subject of badger culling has been a hot topic in the West Country for a number of years. To cull or to vaccinate has split farmers and land owners across the country, leaving those with smallholdings confused by what options are available to them.

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.

CPA calls for transparency in findings by Task Force on Systemic Pesticides

South West Farmer:

7:00am Monday 14th July 2014

The Crop Protection Association (CPA) has called on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to publish the findings of the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides (TFSP) so that their work can be subjected to appropriate levels of independent and objective scrutiny.

Planting trees can improve the health of sheep

South West Farmer:

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Sheep farmers are being invited to discover how the health and welfare of their animals, and productivity of land, can be improved, by planting trees.

Audit report published on Defra's Payments Agency Accounts

South West Farmer:

12:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Amyas Morse, the Comptroller and Auditor General, has for the first time since 2007-08 provided a clear audit opinion on the accounts of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA).

New online database for calf BVD status

South West Farmer:

4:00pm Saturday 12th July 2014

The ability to easily check a calf’s BVD status online has gained momentum with the announcement by XLVets of the launch of a central, fully accessible web-based database that provides verification of a negative test result for the disease.

Gweek farming brothers fined for TB fraud and tag removal

South West Farmer:

2:20pm Saturday 12th July 2014

Two farming brothers from Gweek have been fined £6,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,000 for offences relating to TB fraud and breaching cattle identification regulations designed to prevent the spread of disease.

NSA call for support for British lamb

South West Farmer: Sunday joint: Roast lamb with fresh asparagus

6:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

With sheep farmers seeing a sudden drop in the price received for their prime lambs this week, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is reminding retailers and consumers that this is the best time of year to support and enjoy British lamb.

US President issues urgent memorandum to save bees

South West Farmer: What is life like in Obama's America?

1:00pm Friday 11th July 2014

The US President, Barack Obama, has issued a Presidential Memorandum called for the creation of a Federal Strategy to promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators.

Growers asked to take part in resistant beetle survey

South West Farmer:

7:00am Friday 11th July 2014

Growers are being asked to send suspected pyrethroid-resistant cabbage stem flea beetle (CSFB) samples this harvest to Rothamsted Research for resistance analysis.

First national model for bovine TB calls for more focus on cattle

South West Farmer:

5:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A team of researchers based at the University of Warwick has produced the first national model to investigate the bovine TB spread.

National Beef Association calls for introduction of Agricultural Ombudsman

South West Farmer: Some of the traditional Hereford beef cattle

1:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

The National Beef Association (NBA) has welcomed the industry coming together to tackle falling prices in the Beef Summit in London, but says tougher tools than a voluntary code of practice are needed.

Government must act on flooding proposals, says CLA

South West Farmer:

10:50am Thursday 10th July 2014

CLA President Henry Robinson has welcomed the Winter Floods report by the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, while urging the Government to take the action recommended to protect agricultural land from flooding.

Proposals to exempt certain self-employed people from health and safety law

South West Farmer: Health and Safety Executive

7:00am Thursday 10th July 2014

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is inviting views on the proposed definitions of those self-employed people who will continue to have duties under health and safety law.

Video launched to help farmers create renewable fertiliser

South West Farmer:

6:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

A new video has been launched which will help more farmers use anaerobic digestate as a renewable fertiliser. The video has been produced by WRAP and is free to use.

More homes are needed to sustain the countryside, says CLA

South West Farmer: Councils to get £16m to boost house building

12:10pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

The CLA has backed a National Housing Federation (NHF) report on rural housing but urged for updates to the planning system to be given more time to take effect.

Calling all innovators in farming and growing: Soil Association launches second Innovation Awards

South West Farmer:

10:00am Wednesday 9th July 2014

The Soil Association is delighted to announce that their Innovation Awards are open for nominations. Now in their second year, the awards showcase the most innovative approaches to sustainable, low-impact farming and growing.

CLA highlights sharing as key for future of farming

South West Farmer:

11:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

A wider uptake of share farming could enable thousands of young people to get their first foot on the farming ladder according to the CLA.

Syngenta withdraws controversial application for banned pesticide

South West Farmer:

8:00am Tuesday 8th July 2014

Syngenta has withdrawn its controversial application to use a banned pesticide in the UK. The decision by global agribusiness follows campaigners warning that the chemical could have a devastating impact on threatened bee populations.

More farmers go online for SPS 2014

South West Farmer:

8:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

More than 14,000 Single Payment Scheme (SPS) applicants in England have moved online in 2014, according to figures from the Rural Payment Agency (RPA)

Fatalities fall but cost of serious farm accidents continues to rise

South West Farmer:

3:00pm Monday 7th July 2014

As The Health & Safety Executive announces a fall in fatalities on British farms, NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, is urging the farming community not to become complacent.

Baroness Verma opens Wyke Farms' £1m water recovery plant

South West Farmer:

11:40am Monday 7th July 2014

Wyke Farms, the UK’s largest independent cheese producer and milk processor welcomed Baroness Verma, (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change), to officially open its £1million water recovery plant.

Buglife says claims of Swedish oil seed rape yield loss are misleading

South West Farmer:

1:00pm Sunday 6th July 2014

NFU vice-president Guy Smith has publicly claimed that farmers in Sweden have reported a 70 per cent loss in spring oil seed rape yields. Similar claims appear on the NFU website and twitter and are central to the NFU's position that the ban on Cruiser (clothianidin) treated seeds must be lifted to prevent crop loss from flea beetles.

New apprenticeship scheme to ensure Somerset’s cider-making future

South West Farmer:

8:00am Saturday 5th July 2014

A leading South West cider producer is launching a specialist Orcharding Apprenticeship scheme to get local youngsters learning the skills of growing cider apples.

Frampton Fair welcomes world famous display team

South West Farmer:

5:00pm Friday 4th July 2014

Organisers of the 29th Frampton Country Fair are promising another bumper show which takes place on Sunday September 14. The normally quiet village of Frampton on Severn is expected to play host to over 12,000 visitors.

Your chance to join the Cereals Development Programme 2014

South West Farmer:

9:00am Friday 4th July 2014

The NFU and grain co-op Openfield are offering the opportunity to learn more about the cereal supply chain, to meet others involved in the sector and to network.

Road Safety competition tests young farmers

South West Farmer:

7:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

Young Farmers from across England and Wales will test their road safety knowledge in the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) competition finals on Saturday July 5. Ten counties have made it through to the final of the competition that will be hosted at the Staffordshire County Showground from 10am as part of NFYFC’s Competitions Day.

Record growth for British raspberry industry over the last ten years

South West Farmer:

12:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

As the British raspberry season launches, industry experts reveal that it is set to become one of the UK’s fastest-growing soft fruit, with commercial production up by 275 per cent from 3,706 to 13,880 tonnes in the last decade.

Smiles and Celebrations at 21st Annual Prize Day

South West Farmer:

7:00am Thursday 3rd July 2014

Duchy College Rosewarne celebrated the achievements and success of all completing students in the 21st annual Prize Day Ceremony which was held at Wesley Chapel recently. Certificates were given to all students completing their courses this summer with special awards going to those who have shown an outstanding dedication to their studies and the College.

UK dairy industry launches ‘Leading the Way’

South West Farmer:

5:00pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

An exciting future for the UK dairy industry was unveiled in Westminster on Monday June 30. Dairy industry leaders and politicians gathered to launch ‘Leading the Way’, the UK dairy industry’s sustainable growth plan, at an event hosted by Devon MP and farming champion Neil Parish.

Farming VIPs pledge support on farm safety

South West Farmer:

3:30pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

NFU President Meurig Raymond has given his support to the Yellow Wellies Farm Safety campaign – by signing a giant pair of wellington boots. Pledging to "support farming safely and encourage others to do the same", he was joined at Livestock Event 2014 on stand BM170 by campaign ambassador Jim Chapman, who lost his arm in a PTO shaft accident aged just 23.

Take extra care of your dog as temperature rises warn BVA vets

South West Farmer:

9:00am Wednesday 2nd July 2014

The summer sun is a welcome visitor for most of the family but dogs can struggle as the temperature rises, vets have warned. Taking extra care on warmer days can help keep furry friends happy and healthy in the sunshine.


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