2:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014
10:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014
7:00pm Monday 15th September 2014
3:00pm Monday 15th September 2014
The Prince's Countryside Fund provides funding towards projects operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that clearly contribute towards one or more of The Prince’s Countryside Fund's objectives. It is now open for applications but be quick because applications need to be in by October 23 2014 We want our funding to have a long-term positive effect on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside, by tackling key rural issues.
11:00am Monday 15th September 2014
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.
1:00pm Friday 12th September 2014
The CLA has backed Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis’ calls to prioritise the building of bungalows for older people, freeing up larger family homes. The organisation said for a number of years it has highlighted the lack of housing available in rural areas for older generations, leaving many with no choice but to relocate to towns.
12:02pm Thursday 11th September 2014
6:00am Thursday 11th September 2014
The National Beef Association [NBA] has just announced the appointment to its Board, commercial expert in animal nutrition and management, Charlie Maclaren. Based in Dumfries in the Borders, he owns and runs MVT Scotland, a specialist animal health company with a science-based focus on minerals, vitamins.
7:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014
Rural theft, including theft of expensive farming vehicles, fertilizers and livestock, is on the rise in the UK, with the figures for 2013 up 5.2 per cent on 2012. According to the latest data from NFU Mutual, which insures three quarters of UK farmers, 2013 was the worst year on record for livestock theft and the cost of crime to the UK’s rural economy reached £44.5m.
12:03pm Tuesday 9th September 2014
5:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014
3:00pm Monday 8th September 2014
The Soil Association has launched 2014’s Organic September campaign – the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic, which takes place in a year which saw the organic market return to growth and scientific evidence showed nutritional differences in organic vegetables, fruit and cereals.
12:50am Saturday 6th September 2014
6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014
Dairy farmers are set for a difficult six months as milk prices look set to fall again. However, producers are being advised to explore feeding options and consider the role of liquids fully before making hasty cost-saving decisions.
9:07am Friday 5th September 2014
2:20pm Thursday 4th September 2014
WORK on adding a further 5,000 tonnes of storage capacity to the existing 20,000 tonnes at Devon Grain’s Cullompton site, is all but finished in time for this harvest, according to store manager Duncan Lyon.
1:59pm Thursday 4th September 2014
8:00am Thursday 4th September 2014
The new code of practice on Sky Lanterns doesn’t go far enough, say event organisers who are calling for a national ban. The National Outdoor Events Association has already branded Sky Lanterns as dangerous to the public, livestock and buildings.
4:17pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
6:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Cutting edge practical information, plenty of content from producers working in the field and interactive sessions to ensure delegates get their views across. That is the promise from organisers of the 2014 Sheep Health and Welfare Conference, designed for people running sheep enterprises of all sizes, large and small, on Wednesday 26th November at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordshire.
12:02am Wednesday 3rd September 2014
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.