Counting the cost of cancelled Suffolk Show

Posted: June 8th, 2012 | Author: | Comments Off on Counting the cost of cancelled Suffolk Show

CANCELLING the second day of the Suffolk Show was the only sensible option in the face of gale force winds – but abandoning it still comes as a hefty blow. Read the rest of this entry »


Food for thought – Spelman’s speech at Oxford

Posted: January 6th, 2012 | Author: | Comments Off on Food for thought – Spelman’s speech at Oxford

A wordcloud highlights the patriotic farmer-friendly tone of Defra secretary Caroline Spelman’s speech to this year’s Oxford Farming Conference. Read the rest of this entry »


A quiet Oxford life for Caroline Spelman?

Posted: January 3rd, 2012 | Author: | 1 Comment »

DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman will have a lower profile at this week’s Oxford Farming Conference following her 2011 call for the abolition of farm subsidies. Read the rest of this entry »


Behind the scenes – interview with DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman

Posted: September 30th, 2011 | Author: | 1 Comment »

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A ONE-TO-ONE interview with a government minister is rarely a relaxing experience for journalist or politician. Read the rest of this entry »


DEFRA officials should work on farms

Posted: September 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Comments Off on DEFRA officials should work on farms

Sign - Department for Environment, Food & Rural AffairsHow many DEFRA civil servants have worked on a farm?

Not enough, say MPs, who want more government officials to get out from behind their desks and get their boots dirty. Read the rest of this entry »


Cull decision ‘best for farmers’

Posted: July 25th, 2011 | Author: | Comments Off on Cull decision ‘best for farmers’

LONG-AWAITED government plans for a badger cull to combat bovine tuberculosis are the best farmers battling against the disease could have expected.

A statutory nine-week consultation is now all that stands between livestock producers and a badger cull expected to start next summer in two undisclosed pilot areas of south-west England. Read the rest of this entry »