10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014
9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014
2:00pm Monday 20th October 2014
The Somerset branch of the UK's leading wildlife charity has raised almost £1,000 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), a charity dedicated to supporting farm-workers and their families through difficult times.
12:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014
1:30pm Wednesday 15th October 2014
THINK! is launching a new campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of country roads. Sixty per cent of people killed on Britain’s roads die on rural roads, and new research shows many more drivers are needlessly putting themselves at risk of an accident.
2:45pm Wednesday 15th October 2014
Culm Valley Young Farmers Club recently held their annual Harvest Supper at Culmstock Village Hall to celebrate the end of another successful year. The evening highlights included a very entertaining speech from guest speaker Chris Berry, Devon YFC Chairman.
2:00pm Monday 13th October 2014
An exclusive wine tasting and auction held at the Caledonian Club in London has raised more than £15,000 for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). Over 50 people attended the event, which took place on the evening of Wednesday October 1. The proceeds from the auction will go towards funding the GWCT’s vital and ground-breaking scientific research, aimed at conserving the British countryside for generations to come.
1:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014
9:00am Tuesday 7th October 2014
8:40am Tuesday 7th October 2014
The RSPB has recruited the help of some unusual volunteers to help restore heathland and give nature a home on one of its reserves. For the first time the charity has introduced a herd of six Mangalitsa pigs to ‘pig out’ at its Arne nature reserve, in Dorset, to help restore a seven hectare site back to its natural healthland through wild grazing.
8:30am Tuesday 7th October 2014
The Badger Trust will take its legal challenge over the lack of independent monitoring of the badger culls currently being undertaken in Somerset and Gloucestershire to the Court of Appeal on Thursday October 9. This follows a hearing on 11 September where the Vice President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal agreed that the Badger Trust had a real prospect of success in its appeal.
12:00pm Monday 6th October 2014
Exmoor Hill Farming Network is hosting a research and review project to help deliver improved water quality in the Upper Exe. Working with local farmers, land managers and landowners, the team will develop an Action Plan that could feed into a programme of activity to be rolled out in the Upper Exe catchment over the next five years.
7:00am Monday 6th October 2014
A new mobile app, designed to help farmers and growers value the nutrients found in manures, has been nominated for an award with the Soil Association. The Farm Manure Management Application, informally called the “FarmCrapApp” has been developed by the SWARM Knowledge Hub, a project run by the Rural Business School at Duchy College.
Former NFU President Peter Kendall has been named as the Farming Champion for 2014 at the Farmers Weekly awards. Mr Kendall, who stepped down from the role as president at the NFU in February after eight years at the helm, was nominated for his on-going contribution to British farming.
8:00am Saturday 4th October 2014
European Commission ignores scientists’ warnings over routine use of antibiotics in farmed animals, says Soil Association
8:00am Friday 3rd October 2014
European Commission proposal,s published on September 10, for updating regulations on farm antibiotic use ignore advice from the Lancet Infectious Diseases Commission to phase out routine preventative use, according to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics.
11:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014
West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, says he is encouraged by the "good progress" being made in the project to roll out a badger vaccine in West Cornwall. The aim is to tackle the problems of bovine tuberculosis in the local cattle herd; a project he originally proposed last year and in which he has collaborated with the Zoological Society of London.
10:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014
More of the British public think positively about farmers and farming than last year according to a recent OnePoll survey commissioned by the NFU. Following the launch of the Back British Farming campaign, the latest survey results reveal 67 per cent of people think favourably about farmers, a five per cent increase continuing an upward trend from 2012
6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014
Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that mobile networks will be made to improve phone signals in rural areas, At the Conservative Party Conference, Mr Javid criticised the current situation where large areas still only receive poor mobile phone signal and promised to ensure network operators would improve it.
11:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014
4:30pm Monday 29th September 2014
Emergency use of the crop protection product Insyst has been authorised to protect winter oilseed rape from further damage by cabbage stem flea beetle following growing pressure from farmers who have seen significant damage to their crops.
3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014
7:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014
The Rural Payments Agency has announced a package of measures to help farmers get online for the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) including the launch of regional digital support centres offering appointments for one to one sessions for those most in need.
1:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014
8:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014
3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014
Britain’s latest apple sensation has gone on sale - a spectacular new yellow and orange skinned variety with pink flesh. The variety called Surprize, is very sweet and aromatic and has been grown in Herefordshire.
9:00am Sunday 21st September 2014
The days are shortening, harvest and autumn sowing is mostly done, so now is the time to turn your attention to the winter and your stock. You must ask yourself how you intend to help them come through it, says Charlie Maclaren, board member of The National Beef Association (NBA).
2:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014
The European Commission in Brussels has published its proposed package for revised legislation for veterinary medicines and medicated feed. The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) welcomes its publication. It fully supports the Commission’s aim of improving the availability of veterinary medicines throughout Europe.
9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014
6:00am Friday 19th September 2014
Efforts to secure a more promising future for hen harriers in England moved a little closer this week as an e- petition calling for Defra to publish its Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan achieved more than 10,000 signatures. This means that Defra is now obliged to respond in writing about their response.
9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014
Agricultural businesses are being invited to hear the latest updates following the first approval in Cornwall for a residential barn conversion under permitted development rights at a joint seminar to be held on Thursday, October 2 in St Austell.
10:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014
7:00pm Monday 15th September 2014
3:00pm Monday 15th September 2014
The Prince's Countryside Fund provides funding towards projects operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that clearly contribute towards one or more of The Prince’s Countryside Fund's objectives. It is now open for applications but be quick because applications need to be in by October 23 2014 We want our funding to have a long-term positive effect on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside, by tackling key rural issues.
12:02pm Thursday 11th September 2014
12:03pm Tuesday 9th September 2014
12:50am Saturday 6th September 2014
9:07am Friday 5th September 2014
8:00am Thursday 4th September 2014
The new code of practice on Sky Lanterns doesn’t go far enough, say event organisers who are calling for a national ban. The National Outdoor Events Association has already branded Sky Lanterns as dangerous to the public, livestock and buildings.
4:17pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014
6:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Cutting edge practical information, plenty of content from producers working in the field and interactive sessions to ensure delegates get their views across. That is the promise from organisers of the 2014 Sheep Health and Welfare Conference, designed for people running sheep enterprises of all sizes, large and small, on Wednesday 26th November at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordshire.
12:02am Wednesday 3rd September 2014
7:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014
For the first time this year’s Somerset Honey Show will be held at Long Sutton Village Hall near Langport on Saturday, September 20. The historic show, which dates back to 1885, will attract beekeepers from all over the county competing in 52 classes for the best honey, hive products and honey cookery.
8:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014
The NFU has commented on the Trading Standards Institute's new code of practice for sky lanterns and is calling for total ban. The code offers guidance for those designing, manufacturing, distributing, retailing or using sky lanterns -which have been the subject of sustained NFU lobbying because of the risks they pose, both to crops and livestock
1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014
Network Rail is reminding farmers and farmworkers of the importance of level crossings safety as they gather their crops this harvest. There are hundreds of user-worked crossings on farmland in Britain, which see a marked increase in traffic during the harvest season. Figures collated over the past ten years reveal that the number of collisions and near misses at these types of crossings also sharply increases over the harvest months.
2:50pm Friday 29th August 2014
1:20pm Friday 29th August 2014
Scientists at the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with farming groups and wildlife charities, are investigating the presence of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Cheshire wildlife by testing badgers that have been involved in road collisions.
Introduction of water voles to Cornwall sees them return to the every county in England for the first time since 1989.
12:08pm Thursday 28th August 2014
Wildlife experts at the Environment Agency have confirmed that water voles have returned to every county in England, following the final release of 60 captive bred voles within the Bude river catchment in Cornwall.
11:22am Thursday 28th August 2014
1:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014
A recent trial undertaken at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) revealed how limiting badger access to mineral licks, blocks and tubs with an innovative feeder design will improve on-farm biosecurity.