Video demonstrates why Government must act to minimise flood risk for farm businesses

South West Farmer:

10:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A poignant video of a farming couple from the Somerset Levels coming to terms with being flooded last winter highlights why the Government must urgently invest to fill the £500m shortfall in the nation’s flood defence funding, the NFU said today.

Learn more about flood management

South West Farmer:

11:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Find out more about water catchment management on the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate to include talks about land management considerations; working in partnership, and moorland site management to slow down water in the upper catchment.

RPA inspectors are using new highly-accurate GPS mapping devices for farm inspections.

South West Farmer:

11:10am Tuesday 7th October 2014

Advanced new GPS mapping devices are being used by Rural Payments Agency (RPA) inspectors this autumn, allowing pinpoint accuracy to within half a metre.

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.

CLA backs call to promote building of bungalows in rural areas

South West Farmer: A bungalow being built at Gladstone Mews, Boscombe

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.

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.

Need to get a move on for RHI legacy claims says Saffery Champness

South West Farmer:

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.

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).

Report highlights farmers' reliance on water

South West Farmer: Householders across Sussex have been reassured by water firms there is no risk of a drought this year.

10:00am Saturday 7th June 2014

Farmers and growers need a reliable source of water says the NFU in response to a new report from the University of Cambridge. A University of Cambridge report is right to suggest that collaboration is crucial to ensuring the careful management of our water resources – and it is essential that farmers and growers can produce food in times of plenty and drought, the NFU has said.

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.

Farm properties facing new tax

South West Farmer: Westfields Farm &‘Tumblestones’, Bellerby, Leyburn

4:40pm Monday 12th May 2014

Many farming families face a new tax on their houses from April 2015, and must act now to reduce their liability. Even those who qualify for exemption must apply, as relief is not given automatically.

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.

Residential farm offers privacy and seclusion

South West Farmer: Brook Farm, Ivybridge

10:40am Friday 11th April 2014

Rarely do farms come available for sale in South Devon as they are what some may describe as a “prize possession” not only because of the lifestyle that may be enjoyed with the wide open spaces but also because of the privacy they offer with the dwelling usually being surrounded by it’s own land.

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.

Where would you build your dream Grand Design home in north Devon

South West Farmer: Body found in search for missing Devon man

10:06am Monday 7th April 2014

AN Opportunity has arisen for buyers to build two ‘grand design’ homes on land at Heal Farm in Umberleigh, north Devon.

'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.

Flooded farmers have until May 9 to apply for grant under Farming Recovery Fund

South West Farmer: Ben Compton of Bruton Knowles

6:50am Friday 4th April 2014

Farmers affected by the severe flooding in early 2014 have until 9 May to apply for a grant under the Farming Recovery Fund (FRF).

Act Now to Take Full Advantage of the Latest Changes to Rural Planning

South West Farmer: Steve Quartermain

11:13am Wednesday 26th March 2014

Rural Solutions the nationwide planning and development specialist is urging rural land owners to act now to take full advantage of the latest changes to Rural Planning policy.

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.

Change in planning rules a victory for common sense, says NFU

3:23pm Monday 13th May 2013

The National Farmers Union is claiming victory in its campaign to make it easier to convert redundant agricultural buildings, following the announcement from Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that planning rules will be relaxed.

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.

Somerset wind farm plan rejected

9:13am Wednesday 10th April 2013

Plans to build four wind turbines on the Somerset Levels have been rejected by Sedgemoor District Council.

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.

Further delay to domestic Renewable Heat Initiative

6:50am Friday 29th March 2013

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for domestic customers has been hit by further delays.

Planning rules "set for further relaxation"

8:58am Friday 22nd March 2013

The Daily Telegraph says it has a recording of a meeting at which Nick Boles, the planning minister, promised some of the country’s biggest property developers he is poised to scrap many development rules.

Renewable energy survey gets underway

2:15pm Tuesday 19th March 2013

A new survey called ‘Renewable Energy: What do you need to know?’ has been launched to identify what information farmers and landowners need to help overcome the confusion surrounding investing in renewable energy.

Farms divided and sold in lots

6:00pm Saturday 16th March 2013

Lower Uppacott at Tawstock, Barnstaple – with attractive period farmhouse and separate cottage, further barns with potential, delightful gardens, woodland and pasture ground and various acreages and totalling 80 acres in all, has been sold in separate lots to three separate purchasers.

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.

Cornish family uses wind to reduce energy costs

2:00pm Monday 18th February 2013

Across the country, from Cornwall to Orkney, people are reducing energy costs and carbon emissions by generating their own energy using the power in the wind.

Farmland prices reach record highs

9:24am Friday 15th February 2013

Farmland prices reached record levels during the second half of 2012, as demand for commercial farmland continued to grow, says the latest Royal Chartered Institution of Surveyors Rural Land Market Survey, H2 2012.

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.

Power to the small wind turbine

4:50pm Friday 8th February 2013

Across the country, from Cornwall to Orkney, people are reducing energy costs and carbon emissions by generating their own energy using the power in the wind.

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.

Dairy farm sells under strong competition

8:00am Wednesday 6th February 2013

Hare Farm at Buckland St Mary near Chard, Somerset has been sold for in excess of the £1.5 million guide price under competition from competing interested parties.


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