Agriculture in the news - January 23

A round up of farming news from across the UK.

Commission moves to ease crop concerns

Fears that Scottish farmers may face crop diversification demands they cannot meet have been dispelled by a senior European Commission official.

Agriculture spokesman Roger Waite said there was every chance of the commission changing its Common Agricultural Policy (Cap) greening plans if Scotland identified the problems it could have in meeting them.

The Press and Journal

Police urge walkers ‘Control your dog’

RECENT incidents of dogs attacking sheep and one in which a cat was killed have prompted the police to issue a statement asking that owners keep their dogs under control – particularly as lambing season has already begun.

Isle of Man Today

Land going back to farmers

Land prices in the county are now getting back to pre-boom levels, but still fetching a good ‘farming’ price, a leading Donegal auctioneer said this week.

Keith Anderson of Anderson Auuctioners in Donegal Town was commenting after a number of farm land sales in the county fetched what was said to be a “good” price in recent weeks.

Donegal Democrat

CountyShow’s new boss plans to celebrate farming

Cheese queen Mary Quicke has been elected president of the Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA), which organises the annual Devon County Show.

She heads the family firm, which has a world-wide reputation for the quality of the traditional cheeses it produces on its farm at Newton St Cyres, near Exeter.

Express and Echo

Environmentally friendly plans for pig farm

PLANS have been submitted this week for a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly pig breeding unit at a Doddington Farm.

Rattlerow Farms has applied to Fenland Council for permission to build a new weaner/grower and farrowing pig building on vacant agricultural land at Coneywood Farm off Coneywood Road.

Fenland Citizen

Coppers market advice

POLICE have been meeting local farmer’s at market in an attempt to crack down on agricultural theft.

Officers set up stands in the Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre last week to advise farmer’s on ways to protect their equipment and livestock.

Matlock Mercury

Whaley farm redevelopment given go-ahead

REVISED plans to convert a Whaley Bridge farmhouse and agricultural buildings into six homes have been welcomed by councillors.

The proposals for Reddish Farm had improved earlier plans and no longer included four new-build properties.

Buxton Advertiser

Mushroom grower vows to carry on in dark times

SIMON Cooper is possibly the only small grower of mushrooms left in this district as he says the rest have “seen the light” and moved on to other crops.

However, Simon is still growing mushrooms in six large, dimly-lit sheds on his farm at Gedney Hill, something he has done at R & S R Cooper since he took over from his father in about 1976.

Spalding Guardian

National Park gains 4G mobile phone boost

Northumberland National Park Authority has welcomed news that Ofcom has increased the mobile coverage obligation for rural UK from 95 per cent to 98 per cent - enabling the use of bandwidth-hungry smartphones and tablets.

In addition, Ofcom has agreed that 4G mobile broadband should prioritise coverage across the existing mobile coverage ‘not spots’ which are all too frequent in rural areas like Northumberland National Park.

Berwick Advertiser

Has a Roman road rubbed salt into wind farm plans?

ANOTHER possible spanner has been thrown into the works as campaigners continue with their fight to oppose plans for a wind farm in south Warwickshire.

Broadview Energy is weeks away from submitting its application for the Starbold site, which, if granted, will see five turbines built on land near Bishops Itchington and the Burton Dassett hills. But the Courier was this week told there may be the archeological remains of an ancient settlement underneath the land - which could act as a barrier to the energy firm’s plans.

Kenilworth Weekly News

SuffolkAgricultural Association spring conference focuses on future of farming

THE future of farming is the theme for the upcoming Suffolk Agricultural Association Spring Conference, which takes place on February 29.

The conference, sponsored by AtlasFram Group, is titled “Our Farming Future” and will discuss the challenges facing the agricultural industry.

East Anglian Daily Times

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