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Luxury Hamper Competition Winner is Tom Palmer

Posted by Mark Carlisle on July 11th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

A huge well done to Tom Palmer from Colyford who was the winner of our competition at the recent Axe Vale Show. Tom is now the proud owner of a luxury hamper created by Rachael and Geoffrey Tattershall of Colyford Post Office.   I am a staunch supporter of local businesses and am delighted...

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Government to pay farmers in stewardship agreements by the end of July

Posted by Mark Carlisle on June 21st 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 19th June 2019, the government has confirmed that farmers and land managers in Environmental Stewardship (ES) and Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreements will receive full payment for the amount they were owed, by the end of July.

A significant number of ES and CS customers have not yet received payment for...

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Government publishes guidance on stopping harmful weeds

Posted by Mark Carlisle on June 3rd 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 20 May 2019, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has published guidance on stopping, disposing and reporting spreading harmful weeds on land that are used for grazing livestock or growing crops.

The guidance involves preventing ragwort (an injurious weed) by referring to the Code of Practice on...

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Natural England revokes three general licences for control of wild birds

Posted by Mark Carlisle on April 26th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 25 April 2019, Natural England is revoking three general licences for controlling 16 species of wild birds, following a challenge by a new environmental NGO, Wild Justice (see Natural England press release, General licences for bird control: major changes to licensing requirements, 23 April 2019 and Wild Justice: Projects).

General...

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Feed-in tariffs: Ofgem publishes closure guidance

Posted by Mark Carlisle on March 29th 2019 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

On 21 March 2019, Ofgem published Feed-in Tariffs: Essential guide to closure of the scheme. This guidance explains Ofgem's administration of the closure of the feed-in tariffs (FITs) scheme to new applications from 1 April 2019. The guidance is based on the Feed-In Tariffs (Closure, etc) Order 2018 (SI 2018/1380).

The...

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Government under pressure to provide bridging finance for BPS payments

Posted by Mark Carlisle on November 19th 2018 in AGRICULTURAL AND RURAL AFFAIRS .

Government under pressure to provide bridging finance for BPS payments

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has confirmed it remains fully focused on processing Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) 2018 payments promptly from the start of the payment window (1 December 2018). However, the UK government is coming under pressure from the farming...

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