Category Archives: agriculture

NFU proposals for a new farm subsidy system only fit for cloud cuckoo land

It’s a special anniversary this year – 70 years since the 1947 Farming Act. I will return to this anniversary in more detail later in the year, but today I want to discuss one particular thing.  The 1947 Act was … Continue reading

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clean ponds and encouraging bees: Bayer influences public debate on future of farm subsidies

A public survey, paid for by mega Agrichemical industry business Bayer, has found that three quarters of the public supports farmers continuing to receive subsidies. So far the survey has received little publicity, just a couple of articles in the … Continue reading

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Farmland nature is in intensive care

A week has past and I’m still at home. I finished my latest course of antibiotics yesterday (yay) and am drug-free for the first time in 3 weeks, for which I am very thankful. Now I need to start work … Continue reading

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Time to Put Chemical Farming Indoors by Chris Rose

I’m republishing this (with permission) from Chris Rose’s Three Worlds blog.   Time to put Chemical Farming Indoors A current side-effect of the prospect of Brexit is that Britain’s* green, countryside and wildlife groups are in an unusual fever of … Continue reading

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The Nature of our State

I was looking forward to attending the State of Nature launch, but decided in the end to stay at home at get on with some writing that is now becoming urgent. But despite my noble intentions, I became swept up … Continue reading

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Andrea Leadsom: “farming.. is a bedrock of.. the environment”. Err…

New Defra Secretary of State Andrea Leadsom has sent a statement to Farmers Weekly, the farming newspaper. Although the paper has not published the full statement, here are the quotes it uses: “Nothing is more important than the food we … Continue reading

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Support the NFU as they campaign for Britain to stay in the EU

Is this the most significant moment in the EU referendum campaign so far? The National Farmers Union, representing 50,000 of the largest and wealthiest farming landowners in England (and Wales), who receive the lion’s share of all subsidies provided to … Continue reading

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Cameron woos Welsh farmers: it’s all about the exports

  This from Today’s Farmers Weekly: EU exit could cost UK’s livestock farmers £330m, says PM Livestock farmers would be forced to pay an extra £330m a year to export their goods abroad in the event of an exit from … Continue reading

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Farm leaders make case to stay in EU, to protect exports and their influence in Brussels

Farm business leaders are clearly rattled. They can see that the campaign to take the UK out of the EU is not going away, even if the “leave” camp is currently channelling the amphitheatre scene in Life of Brian, with … Continue reading

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The Answer Lies in the Soil

As Arthur Fallowfield, the farmer character in the legendary Radio 4 comedy series’ Beyond our Ken and Round the Horne, would have said, “The arnswer loies in the soil”. I read with interest and increasing disbelief, an article by George … Continue reading

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