Harvesting your rural opinions

When Sarah Morris moved from London to mid Wales in 2013, she realised that the research industry she worked in was failing to listen to people living in rural areas of the UK.

Prince Charles to give up organic farm after 35 years

The Prince of Wales will not be renewing the lease on his 1,000-acre organic farm in Gloucestershire, it has been confirmed.

Scottish farmers hit back at latest proposals to reintroduce lynx

Farming groups have criticised the latest proposals to reintroduce the Eurasian lynx at a site in Scotland, amid fears over predation.

New ELM scheme must be flexible and have farming at its heart, says NFU

The NFU has called for further clarity on the new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), as the government consultation draws to a close today (31st July).

Clarity over removal of greening rules means farmers can plan 2021 harvest with confidence

Farmers will no longer be required to comply with complex rules around crop diversification, Ecological Focus Areas and greening permanent grassland, after government announced the removal of greening rules from the direct payments regime for 2021.

Arable farmer warns food security could be under threat

A Cambridgeshire arable farmer has raised concerns about food security amid government proposals to take thousands of hectares out of food production to plant trees.

Multi-billion pound investment as government unveils plan to tackle flooding

Homes and businesses across the country will be better protected and more resilient in future after the government revealed its long-term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion.

Defra reveals Trade and Ag Commission membership

Retailers, farming unions, consumer, hospitality and environmental bodies have all been included in the membership of the new Trade and Agriculture Commission, the government says.

Tractors descend on Westminster in Ag Bill protest

Farmers drove their tractors into the heart of London this week as part of a socially-distanced protest against the possibility of cheap food imports arriving in the UK.

Farmland rights of way: Everything landowners need to know

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease across the UK, more and more people are venturing into the great outdoors to enjoy some fresh air and get their daily dose of exercise. But for farmers, this can mean an influx of strangers walking across their land. 

Farming groups react to news of Trade and Ag Commission

Trade secretary Liz Truss has announced that, after months of campaigning from farming groups, the government will set up a Trade and Agriculture Commission to help inform trade policy.

Dairy farmers urged to speak up for fair contracts in govt consultation

The UK Government has launched a consultation to find out whether new regulations could help to ensure dairy farmers are treated fairly, which the NFU is describing as a “once in a lifetime opportunity to build a better future for the UK dairy sector”.

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