Spring was slow in north Shropshire but nature has a way of correcting itself, writes Malcolm Roberts of NFU West Midlands.
What a difference a few days of sunshine make in the spring. It gives a positive feeling of well being to man and animal, writes Christine Downes, county chairman of Shropshire RABI.
Price variations in the farmland market are widening even at a very local level, as agricultural commodity markets remain weak and buyers show more price sensitivity.
A new report has been launched by NFU Cymru setting out recommendations for increasing the consumption of fruit and vegetables, while helping to reverse the current obesity crisis and combatting other diet related illnesses.
NFU Shropshire chairman Richard Yates has backed the next generation to help drive the NFU forward in the county, as the industry looks to bounce back from a difficult year.
The theme for this year’s Oxford Farming Conference was ‘Bold Agriculture’, and Defra minister Liz Truss, giving the conference keynote speech, called for a bold re-shaping of Defra to step up to the increasing opportunities and challenges facing UK farmers of global markets such as China.
The NFU is urging the RPA to give farmers certainty and confidence in lieu of a paid claim as the RPA announces that just 50 per cent of farmers received a BPS payment last month.
The 2015 English Winter Fair, organised by the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society at Bingley Hall, on Staffordshire County Showground, was a great success, building on the much improved event held in 2014.