Does farming need a professional body?

Posted: January 16th, 2012 | Author: | Comments Off on Does farming need a professional body?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IS there really room for another farming body? After all, the list of groups is already as long as your arm. 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 »


Red tape tops agenda at Northern Farming Conference

Posted: November 3rd, 2011 | Author: | Comments Off on Red tape tops agenda at Northern Farming Conference

IN LITTLE more than a year, the Northern Farming Conference has established itself as a major event in the agricultural calendar. 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 »


Just what is the UK position on CAP reform?

Posted: March 23rd, 2011 | Author: | Comments Off on Just what is the UK position on CAP reform?

EUROPE’S Common Agricultural Policy is complicated enough, without politicians who seem to perform verbal somersaults whenever they mention it. Read the rest of this entry »