Category Archives: farming

Dorset Chalk downland damage: Natural England respond.

        Following yesterday’s story about the damage to chalk downland in Dorset, I’ve been contacted by Natural England and I thought it would be useful to let you know what they have said. I approached the EIA … Continue reading

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Time to rename Defra the Ministry of Agriculture and Fieldsports

While all talk of the Greenest Government Ever (anyone remember that?) has been quietly abandoned, another question arises. Is the fieldsports lobby getting unprecedented access to ministers in the Environment department and are the Environment NGOs being squeezed out of … Continue reading

Posted in Andrea Leadsom, blood sports, countryside alliance, Defra, farming | Tagged , , , | 12 Comments

Farm Subsidies after Brexit – the first hints from Farm Minister Eustice

We’ve had a first hint from the Brexit side, as to what support farming would receive if the UK left the EU. This from Farmers Weekly” First details have emerged of a plan for British agriculture if the UK leaves … Continue reading

Posted in Brexit, Common Agricultural Policy, farming, George Eustice, NFU, public goods, rewilding | Tagged , , , , | 10 Comments

All Carrot and no stick

Last week a farmer in the Yorkshire Wolds successfully sued East Riding Council for compensation of £14500 for the loss of a field of carrots. The carrot crop was apparently lost when floodwater was pumped onto the field at Burton … Continue reading

Posted in Common Agricultural Policy, drainage, farming, flooding | Tagged , , , | 7 Comments

Food or Floods?

So much has been written about the recent flooding, that I have resisted the temptation to jump in with size 12 boots; not least because, so far, we have escaped the worst of it in the south-west. However, I read … Continue reading

Posted in deregulation, Dieter Helm, farming, flooding, Kerry McCarthy, Liz Truss | Tagged , , , , | 19 Comments

Farmers flout TB rules and campaign against loopholes which let TB spread

You really would think that Britain’s farmers would all be on-side supporting whatever actions are needed to reduce the scourge of Bovine TB, wouldn’t you? ‘Fraid not. Last week I explored Defra’s latest proposals to reduce the spread of bTB … Continue reading

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The CAP no longer fits

If there was any doubt before, the Local and Euro Election results indicate there is no doubt that the future of Britain in the EU and perhaps of the entire EU project, now hangs in the balance. Euro scepticism has … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, Common Agricultural Policy, farming, neoliberalism, Owen Paterson, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments

The CLA reacts hysterically to ideas of removing farm tax-exemptions ; the dependency on state handouts is akin to drug addiction.

I’m tempted to emulate the satire of Tom Pride’s Pride’s Purge with this story, but in truth it needs no satire. Apparently a “leaked document” purports to suggest that Labour are thinking about removing business rate exemptions on Agricultural Land, … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, CLA, farm tax breaks, farming, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 9 Comments

Paterson promises the world to Levels Farmers – they want the Sun too.

Owen Paterson, the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Cabinet, has been missing for months. Where has he been? Not in the limelight. But he popped up yesterday in the West Country to promise the world to the Farmers of the Somerset … Continue reading

Posted in CLA, farming, flooding, NFU, Owen Paterson, Somerset Levels | Tagged , , , | 15 Comments

Guest Blog by Ruth Davis: A Common Good Manifesto 1) Living Wages and Good Food

Today I am delighted to have a guest blog from my old friend Ruth Davis. We used to work at Plantlife together. Ruth is Political Director at Greenpeace though these are her own views. Ruth is starting an open debate … Continue reading

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