Further details on the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) which comes into force in January 2015 have emerged which could have a significant effect on farming businesses in the area, writes Charlotte Rogerson.
British growers have announced that this year’s strawberry crop has broken records, with a staggering 60,170 tonnes already produced – an increase of eight per cent since 2013 – and still more to come.
According to the 2014 annual report from the Cattle Health and Welfare Group (CHAWG), while some progress has been made in addressing key issues, the industry faces considerable challenges from changing weather and economic patterns, writes John Sumner.
Has your family farm got a future? In 1979 the Northfield Committee concluded that between 60 per cent and 65 per cent of agricultural land in the United Kingdom was “owner occupied” and subsequent surveys suggest that the proportion has remained relatively unaltered, writes Louise Taylor.
Cruckton Ploughing Match celebrates its 82nd event this year and will be held on Saturday, September 20, at Wood Hall Farm, Hanwood, near Shrewsbury, home of Cruckton and District Ploughing Society chairman Richard Savage and family.
A brand new national dairy show will be opening its doors on Wednesday, September 17 . Following two years without a national specialist dairy show, this brand new event has generated unprecedented interest.
Land remains in demand as investors and lifestyle buyers jostle for best plots and shortages of agricultural land continue to stoke prices.
After a flying start to harvest, the catchy weather in the latter half of August frustrated grain growers as later crops stubbornly remain in the field.