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Feeding 9 billion by 2050 - how?

24th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

How might farmers feed a population of 2050 whilst using fewer natural resources?

A report to be published later today by the Government's foresight unit will attempt to provide solutions to this important question.  It will consider the challenges of making global food supply secure and affordable at the same time as reducing inputs and emissions and protecting wildlife.

Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Sir John Beddington, who led the report,...

How to save money renovating your house.

20th JanuaryPosted by Annabel Fearnall

If you looking to revovate a property, or bring it up to date ready for sale Rosie Millard, Interiors expert for the Telegraph, has some good ideas for saving money, finding the right suppliers and keeping the project on track.

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Soil Association given warning after objecting to large pig farm.

19th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

Last summer the organic farmers' group, the Soil Association, objected to an application from Midland Pig Producers (MPP) for an intensive pig farm for up to 25,000 animals in Foston, Derbyshire.  They raised concerns in general terms about disease, antibiotic resistance and animal welfare in large herds.

The application to South Derbyshire district council was withdrawn after it was ruled that it needed to go to the County Council instread and MPP expect to reapply in the next few...

Can social media help farmers reach consumers?

17th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

Social media has been one of the fastest growing movements on the internet since its inception with millions of people a day continuing to sign up.  Although many people use Facebook and Twitter as a way to keep in touch with friends and communicate with a large number of people, it is being used by farmers as a way of connecting with consumers, sharing knowledge and being part of a thriving community.

Facebook as 500 million users and Twitter has in excess of 100 million and each...

Judge tells farmers and Asda to 'kiss and make up'.

14th JanuaryPosted by Louise Taylor

Farm leaders and retail giant, Asda, have been urged to resolve the differences which led to an injunction to curb milk price protests.

Asda, Tesco and Morrisons have all angered farmers by selling milk for the equivalent of 25p / pint by packaging it in 'two for £2' poly bottles, each containing 2.272 litres.  Sainsbury's is selling single 2.272 litre poly-bottles for £1.

However it was Asda bosses who took out an injunction against members of the Farmers For Action (FFA)...

Jonathan Birchall named as BBC Farmer of the Year.

20th DecemberPosted by Louise Taylor

Hertfordshire farm manager Jonathan Birchall has been named BBC Farmer of the Year, for his work on Pilkington Farm, of the Kings Walden Estate, near Hitchin.

Over the last four years, he has overseen a change in farming systems from a mainly intensive arable system to a large scale extensive grazing system across the 800-hectare (2,000-acre) estate.

Other award winners were Devon-based Darts Farm Shop, which won best local food retailer and Stroud Farmers’ Markers,...

Joseph Heler cheese cashes in on Christmas market.

30th NovemberPosted by Louise Taylor

Local cheesemaker, Joseph Heler, is promoting some of its new seasonal cheeses in the run up to the Christmas period.  The Nantwich based company is the largest independent regional cheese producer in the UK and has got its Red Leicester Truckle into Tesco deli counters from early December.  Helers have also teamed up with Robinson's Brewery to produce 'Cheddar with Old Tom and Mustard'.

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Christmas tree shortage in Wales!

29th NovemberPosted by Louise Taylor

Welsh families have been warned of a Christmas tree shortage after crops suffered damage in last winter's big freeze.  European growers were also shunning the UK market because the poor exchange rate has made it less profitable to export into this country.

Growers and garden centres said the shortage, coupled with a huge demand for the most popular varieties of tree, had seen prices rise this year. 

The Normann fir, which tops the most wanted list because it does not shed its...

Yorkshire farmers on alert against sheep rustlers.

29th NovemberPosted by Louise Taylor

The Yorkshire Post has reported that gangs of sheep rustlers have been targeting farms across Yorkshire as a dramatic rise in the price of lamb has sparked a resurgence of the crime.  And with many of the stolen livestock being killed in unlicensed back-street slaughterhouses before being sold on the region's streets, rural communities have been urged to come together to halt the trend.

There has been a sharp rise in reported sheep thefts across North and East Yorkshire in the past 12...

Farmers for Action planning to disrupt supermarket supplies.

26th NovemberPosted by Louise Taylor

Farmers Weekly report that Farmers for Action (FFA) is drawing up plans to disrupt supermarket supplies across the country in the lead up to Christmas.

The action group say that the threat of nationwide protests has come as a result of the continued refusal of retailers to discuss produce prices, said FFA leader David Handley.  "We are looking at accelerating things towards Christmas," he told Farmers Weekly on Wednesday.  "It's gaining a lot of momentum, and we are looking at...

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