NFU backs Great British Beef Week

Somerset County Gazette: £20m river funding ‘not enough’

12:46pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The NFU is calling on more people to eat British beef as it supports Great British Beef Week.

Cereals auction to benefit Prince's Countryside Fund

Somerset County Gazette: EU regs will lead to more crop imports

6:10am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

Following last year’s successful charity fundraising auction at the Cereals Event, Case IH is again organising an auction at Cereals for The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

Polaris delivers for NFU President

Somerset County Gazette: NFU President Meurig Raymond taking delivery of his new Polaris Ranger 400

4:12pm Monday 21st April 2014

Recently elected NFU President Meurig Raymond has taken delivery of a new Polaris Ranger 400, replacing the one he has been working with for the past three years.

Young farmers bury time capsule

Somerset County Gazette: Culm Valley YFC member and NFYFC’s National Vice Chairman of Council Chris Manley, Culm Valley YFC’s Secretary Emily Vallis, Culm Valley YFC’s Chairman Olly Reed and Culm Valley YFC’s President George Kittow

4:08pm Monday 21st April 2014

Young Farmers buried a time capsule in Hemyock, Devon - the site of the first Young Farmers’ Club

Honeybee pollen "contaminated with cocktail of pesticides"

Somerset County Gazette:

7:00am Monday 21st April 2014

More than two thirds of the pollen that honeybees collected from European fields and brought to their hives to feed their larvae is contaminated with a cocktail of up to 17 different toxic pesticides, Greenpeace has claimed.

NFU issues fly-tipping warning

Somerset County Gazette: Rubbish dumped behind bus stop on London Road

6:30am Friday 18th April 2014

The NFU is urging households disposing of waste and rubbish, which ends up dumped on farmland, to take more responsibility or face the risk of prosecution.

Have you got what it takes to be the next Apprentice? (Of Spearhead Academy)

Somerset County Gazette: Current students from the Spearhead Academy

12:00pm Thursday 17th April 2014

Have you got what it takes to be the next Spearhead Apprentice?

GM plants trial given go-ahead

Somerset County Gazette: Two arrests in Rothamsted anti-GM protest

9:54am Thursday 17th April 2014

Scientists have been given permission to grow genetically-modified plants which could help protect against heart disease.

Second Patch & Acrre store for Cornwall Farmers

Somerset County Gazette: The official opening ceremony with Councillor David Gordon, Mayor of Launceston and Claire Butter, Chair of Launceston Young Farmers Club.

6:00am Thursday 17th April 2014

Cornwall Farmers has cut the ribbon to its second Patch & Acre Country Store, in Launceston.

Time capsule to mark YFC anniversary

Somerset County Gazette: Time capsule to mark YFC anniversary

2:33pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Young farmers buried a time capsule in Hemyock, Devon - the site of the first Young Farmers’ Club  - to commemorate the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ 80th anniversary.

Keep dogs under control, plead farmers

Somerset County Gazette: Cllr Sean Anstee and his dog Stanley

3:30pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Dog owners are being warned to keep their animals under control, in particular on farmland.

French connection at Royal Cornwall Show

Somerset County Gazette: Roussin Sheep expert, Michel Duguesne, who will be travelling from Normandy, France to judge the breed at the 2014 Royal Cornwall Show

11:53am Tuesday 15th April 2014

The sheep section at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show will have a distinctly French flavour thanks to a double celebration for the Roussin sheep section.

Sweet smell of success from YFC dung run

Somerset County Gazette: Sweet smell of success from YFC dung run

3:10pm Monday 14th April 2014

Proving that where there's muck there's brass, members of Helston and St Keverne Young Farmers Club in Cornwall raised more than £700 through their annual dung run.

One thousand tyres and 100 gin bottles: Cornish farmer join campaign to tackle flytipping

Somerset County Gazette: One thousand tyres and 100 gin bottles: Cornish farmer join campaign to tackle flytipping

2:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

One thousand tyres, one hundred empty gin bottles and a mini rockery wishing well with four broken garden chairs.

Cornwall Farmers appoints new director as firm speaks of "cautious optimism"

Somerset County Gazette: Newly appointed non-executive director Ashley Masters

12:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

Respected Camel Valley dairy and beef farmer Ashley Masters has been appointed as a non-executive director of Cornwall Farmers.

EU Organic Regulation Consultation

Somerset County Gazette: Nine day festival to be held across Waltham Forest in March

9:29am Monday 14th April 2014

The EU Commission is carrying out a review of the organic regulation which sets the baseline rules for all organic food and farming throughout Europe.

Countess of Wessex takes up Royal Cornwall Show presidency

Somerset County Gazette: RCAA Chairman Michael Williams presents 2014 Royal Cornwall Show president, HRH The Countess of Wessex, with Cornish daffodils, courtesy of Maurice Crouch Growers, and Rodda's clotted cream at the traditional president's reception

9:01am Monday 14th April 2014

Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex has been elected President of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA) at the annual general meeting.

£90 million for centres of innovation - do pigs & poultry want their share?

Somerset County Gazette: £90 million for centres of innovation - do pigs & poultry want their share?

3:32pm Friday 11th April 2014

The Government has made £90 million available for UK centres for innovation as part of its strategy to make UK farming more competitive, productive, resilient and sustainable.

Cornwall Farmers backs rider in world title bid

Somerset County Gazette: Nicky Sherry

10:19am Friday 11th April 2014

Cornwall Farmers is supporting endurance rider Nicky Sherry as she trains for the World Equestrian Games, due to be held in Normandy, France this summer.

Cornish agriculture students get right Royal calling

Somerset County Gazette: L-R: students Amy Sweet, Matthew Wall, Adam Gale, Ben Cavill, tutor David Carlyon.

6:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A group of Cornish agriculture and countryside students have had a royal calling. The hard working four from Duchy College Rosewarne have just accepted places at the prestigious Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, starting in September.

Eat more peas to save the bees, say MPs (and hoverflies too!)

Somerset County Gazette: : The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's recent APPG explained to politicians that although bees are the focus of most attention, other important pollinating insects, such as hoverflies are in an equally perilous state and need help. Photocredit: Peter

3:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Two leading scientists recently expressed their concerns to a cross-party group of politicians that although bees are the focus of most attention, other important pollinating insects, such as hoverflies are in an equally perilous state and need help.

Andrew George MP promoting badger vaccination at the green fair

Somerset County Gazette: n NFU Dorset NFU chairman Paul Gould broadly welcomes the move to protect livestock from bovine TB

1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The MP for the West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly constituency of St Ives, Andrew George, will be supporting the Green Fair at St John’s Hall in Penzance on Saturday, April 12 at 10am.

Butterfly fightback begins

Somerset County Gazette: Small tortoiseshell in barley - photo by Tim Melling, Butterfly Conservation

12:33pm Thursday 10th April 2014

UK butterflies rallied during last summer following their worst year on record, but numbers were still below average, according to the latest results from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme.

Join in the British Farming and Food celebrations!

Somerset County Gazette: Join in the British Farming and Food celebrations!

11:26am Thursday 10th April 2014

On Sunday 8th June hundreds of farms are opening for the biggest date in the farming and food calendar - LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday.

20-acre solar installation secures a bright future for West Devon farm

Somerset County Gazette: 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.

Pilot scheme launched to support work of The Princes Countryside Fund

Somerset County Gazette: Pilot scheme launched to support work of The Princes Countryside Fund

9:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Feather Down Farm Days, the award-winning pioneers of ‘glamping’ and farm stays will be participating in a brand new pilot scheme to support the work of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the charity that supports the people who live and work in the countryside.

Where can you see the best bluebells this spring?

Somerset County Gazette: Where can you see the best bluebells this spring?

8:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Priding itself on its abundance of native bluebells, Godolphin near Helston is preparing to welcome the warm weather and embrace the outdoors amid the beauty of this characteristically springtime flower.

Simple Beef System pays dividends for Devon family farm

Somerset County Gazette: Cecil Partridge with his cattle

7:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

It’s a great testimonial to excellent stockman ship to see cattle all contented and quiet in their sheds on the day of one of the worst storms recorded in the South West.

Keep pressure up on red tape challenge, says NFU

Somerset County Gazette: 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.

Cornwall Farmers appoints new director as annual meeting told of cautious optimism

Somerset County Gazette: Newly appointed non-executive director Ashley Masters

9:55am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Respected Camel Valley dairy and beef farmer, Ashley Masters, has been appointed as a non-executive director of Cornwall Farmers.

Cornwall Farmers opens its second Patch & Acre store

Somerset County Gazette: Cornwall Farmers opens its second Patch & Acre store

3:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Cornwall Farmers’ new-look Patch & Acre Country Store at Launceston will be unveiled on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Cornwall Farmers backs rider in world title bid

Somerset County Gazette: Nicky Sherry

2:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Cornwall Farmers is supporting endurance rider Nicky Sherry as she trains for the World Equestrian Games, due to be held in Normandy, France this summer.

Charity bingo night raises £1,000 for farming families

Somerset County Gazette: Eyes down (left to right) bingo caller Anthony Wilkes, sponsor Mark Davies from Green Farm Seeds, and Gloucestershire R.A.B.I. committee members Mary Wathen and David Hewlett.

11:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

A charity bingo evening at Maisemore village hall on March 22 raised £1,000 to help farming families affected by flooding in Somerset and elsewhere.

Farmer's despair as cattle lost to bovine TB

Somerset County Gazette: Cow trapped

10:50am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Dorset dairy farmer Paul Gould is facing the prospect of losing nearly a quarter of his closed dairy herd after the animals reacted positively at his latest routine bovine TB test.

Urgent action on food waste needed

Somerset County Gazette: 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.

Sponsors announced for Bridgwater College scholarship

Somerset County Gazette: New sponsors and members of Bridgwater College staff.

6:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Bridgwater College’s Scholarship programme, in association with Coombe Farm, Cricketer Farm, Magnox, Micro Bio-Systems, Pattemores Transport, Synergy Farm Health, Thatchers Cider, the University of Exeter and Wessex Water, is back for a second year, for students studying a range of land-based courses.

NFU respond to Kendall's AHDB appointment

Somerset County Gazette: 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.

New Schmallenberg vaccine launched

Somerset County Gazette: New Schmallenberg vaccine launched

12:02pm Monday 7th April 2014

A new Schmallenberg vaccine – SBVvax – is now available from Merial Animal Health after receiving approval for use in sheep and cattle in the UK.

The Duchess of Cornwall accepts Honorary Life Vice-Presidency for Devon County Agricultural Association

Somerset County Gazette: The Duchess of Cornwall

9:41am Monday 7th April 2014

The Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA), which stages the Devon County Show, is delighted to announce that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has accepted a DCAA Honorary Life Vice-Presidency.

'Significant' land-based skills shortage in UK

Somerset County Gazette: 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.

Gassing badgers 'most humane' way to kill them, says Princess Anne

Somerset County Gazette: Princess Anne

12:48pm Friday 4th April 2014

Gassing badgers is the most humane way to control them, according to the Princess Royal.

Humane society welcomes abandonment of badger cull

Somerset County Gazette: Residents show support in city's anti badger cull march

5:06pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Animal welfare charity, Humane Society International UK, says it welcomes the abandonment of the planned roll out of badger culling to new areas of England this year as “a welcome U-turn but a damning indictment on DEFRA’s failed policy”.

NFU respond to Government's TB Free Strategy

Somerset County Gazette: £20m river funding ‘not enough’

4:49pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Farmers will be 'bitterly disappointed' in the decision not to roll out badger culls, say the NFU.

Government abandons plans to roll out badger cull

Somerset County Gazette: Stop the badger cull

2:41pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

The Government has abandoned its plans to roll out the badger cull after two pilot studies in the south west y proved it was ineffective.

Dramatic declines in South West's struggling bees

Somerset County Gazette:

10:27am Thursday 3rd April 2014

A new report on bees in South West England by nature conservation charity Buglife reveals that up to 75% of some of our most threatened bee species have been lost in some counties.

Cornwall Farmers customer wins £999 saddle

Somerset County Gazette: Cornwall Farmers customer wins £999 saddle

6:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Cornwall Farmers’ equine roadshow is underway, and the first event at their Patch & Acre store in Penzance on Saturday 29 March attracted a great turnout.

Auction buzz for beekeepers

Somerset County Gazette: Auction buzz for beekeepers

11:13am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Antique books, blocks of yellow beeswax, stainless steel honey extractors and wooden bee hives made up some of the 200 or so lots at Taunton Beekeepers’ 25th annual auction

Promiscuous female fruit flies prevent male extinction

Somerset County Gazette: Promiscuous female fruit flies prevent male extinction

10:20am Wednesday 2nd April 2014

Female fruit flies with a large number of sexual partners are playing an invaluable role in preventing the extinction of males, new research has shown.

AMC announces discounted margins for farming businesses

Somerset County Gazette: Anaerobic digester has ‘immense potential’

11:14am Monday 31st March 2014

 FARMING businesses are to benefit from discounted margins on financial loans for certain farm investment projects following the announcement of a further tranche of European Investment Bank (EIB) funding through the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC).

Kendall named new President of World Farmers Organisation

Somerset County Gazette: Kendall named new President of World Farmers Organisation

5:00am Sunday 30th March 2014

Former NFU President Peter Kendall has been named the new President of the World Farmers Organisation (WFO).






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