Loan benefits for businesses

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

A CHANGE in the way the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) considers loan proposals from landed estates is set to significantly improve the ability of these businesses to access development and improvement funding.

Harvesting the winter wheat begins

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THIS is the first attempt to harvest the winter wheat at Upper Farm, Milston, near Durrington.

New information defines crop rules

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

DEFRA has released important information on how the new Common Agricultural Policy will be implemented in England, including how the new “greening” requirements will work in practice.

B&B claims hen welfare prize

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

A BED and breakfast near Salisbury has won an award for its dedication to hen welfare.

Change to employee accommodation law

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has just published its final review of employee benefits.

CLA takes the lead on debate over land use

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE Country Landowners’ Association says that a new report, The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land, by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, raises important questions over the future of UK land use.

Threat of crime remains, warns insurer

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

RURAL crime cost the south-west economy an estimated £5.5m in 2013 (a slight decrease from £5.6m in 2012).

Wheat prices can be highly volatile

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

CHIEF arable adviser for the NFU, Guy Gagan, has warned that new European directives, aimed at financial services, could see UK farmers inadvertently treated as financial institutions, forcing them out of a key market.

Stickers to combat frustration

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

AS part of its Back British Farming campaign, the NFU has had printed large stickers which can be applied to the bodywork of farm vehicles including trailers, tractors and combine harvesters.

Winners from the New Forest Show

Salisbury Journal:

10:36am Thursday 7th August 2014

THERE were plenty of winners at this year's New Forest Show - and visitors were among them.

Down on the Farm

Salisbury Journal:

10:27am Thursday 7th August 2014

MY father took the weekend off! writes jo Parsons.

Reeling in rod licence cheats

10:02am Thursday 31st July 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL Agency enforcement teams are continuing to clamp down on rod licence cheats, notching up more than 13,000 licence checks across England in May.

Bidding open to extract shale gas

Salisbury Journal:

10:01am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Government has opened the bidding process for new licences to extract shale gas using the controversial fracking process.

Liz Truss: what will she do for farming?

Salisbury Journal:

9:51am Thursday 24th July 2014

LIZ Truss’s surprise elevation to Defra Secretary of State has been met with “uneasy optimism” by the agricultural community, a large number of whom had a grudging respect for Owen Cameron who, after a shaky start, had earned this respect through his no-nonsense approach and appetite for hard work.

Vigilance over PED

Salisbury Journal: Pigs at the ready for pannage season

9:53am Thursday 24th July 2014

PORCINE epidemic diarrhoea (PED) has spread through more than 30 states in the USA this year, driving up the price of pork products.

Demand for venison rising as sales increase

Salisbury Journal:

9:54am Thursday 24th July 2014

VENISON sales have risen by more than 400 per cent over the past year.

‘Share farming’ ideal for young

Salisbury Journal:

10:02am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE CLA has launched a drive to encourage share farming, maintaining that a wider uptake of this could open up new opportunities for young people to get their first foot on the farming ladder.

Good news – banger boost for school meals

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

AFTER our recent article on the Government’s decision to require schools to provide free milk for children, this week it’s good news for sausages.

Database to check calves’ BVD status

Salisbury Journal:

9:59am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE ability to easily check a calf’s BVD status online has gained momentum with the announcement by XLVets of the launch of a central, fully-accessible web-based database that provides verification of a negative test result for the disease.

Back from the dead - wild boar

Salisbury Journal:

10:11am Thursday 10th July 2014

NEARLY 300 years after they were hunted to extinction, wild boar are back in the New Forest – this time within an enclosed natural environment.

Beef and sheep sectors need profit reversal

Salisbury Journal:

10:13am Thursday 10th July 2014

FARM business consultant Andersons has published a report stating that the beef and sheep sectors need radical change to reverse poor profitability.

More homes set to receive superfast broadband

Salisbury Journal:

10:09am Thursday 10th July 2014

AN additional 1,700 New Forest premises are to receive superfast broadband following a successful £1m bid to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Fair weather brings good news and decent harvest

Salisbury Journal:

10:26am Thursday 3rd July 2014

WE have had some fair weather recently, just in the nick of time, providing perfect conditions for silage-, hay- and grain-ripening.

College offers apprenticeships in cider-making and orchard care

10:21am Thursday 3rd July 2014

APPRENTICESHIPS in cider-making and orchard care are being offered at Yeovil College after a two-year trial in Herefordshire and Shropshire College’s Holme Lacy Campus was hailed a success.

Research shows public ignorance over what is grown in UK

Salisbury Journal:

10:20am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MORE than 20 per cent of people surveyed recently were unaware that apples are grown in Britain.

Farmers at centre of fuel revolution

Salisbury Journal: Farmers at centre of fuel revolution

3:13pm Thursday 26th June 2014

ALTERNATIVE energy has a key role to play in reducing fossil-based transport fuel use on-farm, according to a report published by the Royal Agricultural Society of England report published last week.

Free milk for children boost

3:10pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THE Government’s decision to require schools to provide free milk for children will help shape future consumption trends, according to the NFU.

Retribution fears over code

Salisbury Journal: Retribution fears over code

3:09pm Thursday 26th June 2014

FARMERS, producers and suppliers to major retailers are not raising groceries code issues because of fear of retribution, according to the results of a YouGov survey into the effectiveness of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Vote now for pig industry awards

4:10pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

NOMINATIONS for the pig industry’s David Black Award are now open.

Farming leaders meet to discuss beef issues

4:08pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

FARMING union leaders from the whole of the UK met in London on June 9 for a summit about the current beef situation.

Decision over greening measures

4:07pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

PLANTING nitrogen-fixing crops such as peas and beans will count towards farmers’ greening measures under new CAP rules.

Raging farmers target Dairy Crest over cuts

Salisbury Journal: Raging farmers target Dairy Crest over cuts

10:12am Thursday 12th June 2014

FARMERS once again blockaded the Dairy Crest (DC) plant at Foston in Derbyshire on Friday, May 30 and Sunday, June 1.

Meatstats now available online

5:06pm Thursday 5th June 2014

AN online library of facts and figures about the meat industry has been launched by EBLEX and BPEX.

Farm gates set to open to the public

5:00pm Thursday 5th June 2014

OPEN Farm Sunday (OFS) takes place this weekend. More than one million people have visited farms on OFS since its inception in 2006.

Soil directive thrown out

3:04pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE European Commission has finally withdrawn its proposal for a Soil Framework Directive.

Action over culling

3:03pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE Badger Trust has launched legal action against the decision to continue badger culling in Gloucestershire and Somerset this year.

Institute fined for biosecurity breeches

3:02pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE Pirbright Institute in Surrey has been fined £72,350 (£22,350 in fines and £50,000 in costs) by City of London magistrates after admitting it failed to ensure biosecurity when carrying out experiments on cattle infected with the foot-and-mouth virus.

Compensation deal in place for next year

3:00pm Thursday 29th May 2014

THE Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE) chairman Michael Seals has announced that new compensation arrangements for animal disease in England should be in place next year.

GLA moves to the Home Office

8:03am Saturday 24th May 2014

RESPONSIBILITY for the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA) has moved from Defra to the Home Office, with immediate effect.

Big profits for Sainsbury's

8:02am Saturday 24th May 2014

SAINSBURY’S has posted pre-tax profits of £898 million for the year to March 15, up 16.3 per cent on last year.

Open Farm Sunday

Salisbury Journal: Open Farm Sunday

8:01am Saturday 24th May 2014

OPEN Farm Sunday is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories.

Success at dairy

Salisbury Journal: Success at dairy

2:00pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

THE Martin family has been farming at Nunton Farm, a few miles south of Salisbury, since 1929, when John Martin established the business with 29 cattle.

Warning over disease spread

1:09pm Thursday 8th May 2014

PIG producers must make sure they have biosecurity measures in place to reduce the risk of disease spreading from livestock lorries.

New employment allowance scheme will help farmers

3:43pm Thursday 1st May 2014

A NEW scheme to help fund the cost of employing staff, which should be extremely useful to rural businesses, was introduced on April 6.

Takeaway scandal 'a slap in the face'

Salisbury Journal: Farmers told to supplement ewes

1:42pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

THE National Sheep Association (NSA) has described new evidence suggesting nearly 30 per cent of “lamb” takeaway meals contain meat other than lamb as “a slap in the face” for sheep farmers.

Camelid bTB controls

1:40pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

DEFRA has published proposals to tighten up bTB controls on alpacas and llamas, following growing concern about the spread of the disease in camelids.

Quarter of herd could be lost to bovine TB

1:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

DAIRY farmer Paul Gould, who farms near Gillingham in Dorset, 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.

Meat purchasing app upgraded

1:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

AN upgrade to the Meat Purchasing Guide App is now available.

Funds for forest

3:59pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

PROJECTS which promote sustainability in the New Forest are set to benefit from a new fund offering grants of up to £50,000.

PGI is a boost to the whole region

Salisbury Journal: PGI is a boost to the whole region

2:12pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

INTEREST from farmers, processors and retailers in the newly-published Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs) for West Country beef and lamb has been incredibly positive, with many seeing it as a huge boost for the region.


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