General News

General News

AgriChatUK - "What future for Upland farms?" discussion 21/03/13

The aim of AgriChatUK is to give everyone involved in agriculture a place to share ideas, discuss pressing rural issues, debate hot topics and connect with people in the industry who may not otherwisebe easily accessible.

It is a weekly 2 hour Q&A discussion session held every Thursday evening between 8-10pm on Twitter.

Tim Farron calls to back British hill farmers by cutting modulation levy

Tim Farron has called on the government to do more to help hill farmers by slashing the modulation levy, which is the amount that the government takes off single farm payments. Tim would like to see a greater recognition of the role that upland farmers play in protecting our towns from flooding, maintaining access to the fells for walkers, developing and protecting our landscape and biodiversity and of course producing the highest quality beef and lamb.

Federation response to Defra EU review of LFAs

The Federation has sent its response to the Defra consultation on EU review of Less Favoured Areas.

We’ve asked our members to look at the new maps and see if it will affect them and it doesn’t as all the common land remains within the new classification called Areas if Natural Constraint.

There still is time to be one of the first commons to join the Commons Council

Does your commoners association want to join a Cumbria Commons Council?

Recently we have sent letters to the Chairmen/ Secretaries of commoners associations who have not yet made a commitment to be part of a Commons Council. We want to encourage them to take part. You can download and read a copy of the letter by clicking below.

Asulam granted 120 day authorisation from 20th May

Asulam, traded as Asulox, will be available for bracken control in 2013 under Emergency Authorisation. This has been confirmed by the Chemical Regulatory Directorate and has this week been signed off by Ministers.

The 120 day authorisation period to use Asulam will start on the 20th May and last until the 16th September.  All stocks must be used according to the label and must be used, destroyed or returned to the manufacturer by 31st October 2013.  

NFU report: Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands

Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands

Keeping livestock on the hills is the key to maintaining the character of areas like the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor, the NFU said this week.  

A new report, ‘Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands’ was launched at the NFU highlights how sheep and cattle have for hundreds of years shaped some of the country’s most iconic landscapes and communities. It also illustrates how producers continue to deliver high quality British beef and lamb in these areas.  

Go-ahead for next steps to create a Cumbria Commons Council

The Federation has got funding to take the commons council forward

Many of you will know that this has been a long road with slow progress at times but we now have Defra support and a fresh momentum for taking things to the next stage – and we need your help to create a Commons Council for Cumbria.

Bracken Control - emergency authorisation has been approved

It's Official:

The Emergency Authorisation has been approved

 

Representatives of the Bracken Control Group (BCG) met in York on February 26th and at the start of the meeeting the Chemicals Regulation Directorate (CRD) announced that the application for an Emergency Authorisation has been approved. 

For more information see http://www.brackencontrol.co.uk/News

 

LFA designation in the spotlight after 40 years - let us know what you think

A new Government consultation on the way LFAs are designated is in process. The European Commission has proposed to replace LFAs with a new designation known as Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC). This requires a mapping exercise to ensure that land which is agriculturally disadvantaged is captured under the new ANC designation.  LFA land is typically associated with the Uplands of England, but changes may see some designated areas lose their status and new areas come in as agricultural land facing constraint may be located anywhere in the country.

Natural England reminds farmers in ES schemes that they can supplementary feed their livestock in severe cold weather

Natural England has confirmed that in the event of further heavy snowfall this winter then livestock farmers - who may have an agri-environment agreement that includes restrictions on carrying out supplementary feeding - would be able to provide their livestock with additional feed.  This would be a temporary relaxation for the duration of any severe cold weather period and it will not be necessary to contact Natural England for consent before carrying out supplementary feeding under these circumstances.

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