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27 July 2018

Kent’s crops ‘parched to the bone’ says NFU amid soaring temperatures

CROPS ARE PARCHED TO THE BONE AND ARE BEING IMPACTED BADLY BY WEEKS OF SOARING TEMPERATURES, reports KMTV.  The NFU maintains that the weight and yield of crops have been affected by the lack of rain…

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27 July 2018

Farmer confidence rises in 2018 despite Brexit uncertainty

FARMER CONFIDENCE HAS INCREASED SINCE THE START OF THE YEAR, reports Farming UK.  A new report from Lloyds Bank shows that farmers are feeling more confident of their business prospects thanks to new…

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27 July 2018

Malling Centenary strawberry surpasses 59m plants

A VARIETY OF STRAWBERRY DEVELOPED IN KENT IS PROVING ONE OF THE SUMMER’S SUCCESS STORIES, reports Kent Online.  It is believed that the Malling Centenary, developed at NIAB EMR, will have toppled t…

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27 July 2018

Life will never be the same again

FARMERS ARE WARNED THAT GLOBAL TRADE DEALS SIGNED AFTER BREXIT COULD HIT THEM HARD, reports Kent Business.  The front page article reports Damian Green MP’s stark warning at Rural PLC’s AGM earli…

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27 July 2018

Heatwave puts swallows and house martins in danger

SWALLOWS AND HOUSE MARTINS ARE PARTICULARLY VULNERABLE IN THIS HEATWAVE, reports the Times.  House martins use mud to make their nests but will struggle to find it because the ground is so dry, and f…

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27 July 2018

Rural Kent : Factfile

TURNOVER WAS £557M, reports Kent Business.  While the numbers put the sector ahead of M&S and on a par with Sainsbury’s, there are concerns.  These were identified by Finance Director Mark Lu…

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27 July 2018

Wine Garden of England partnership to host festival in Rochester Cathedral

THE WINE GARDEN OF ENGLAND IS TO HOST A FESTIVAL OF WINE AT ROCHESTER CATHEDRAL, reports Kent Online.  The festival of wine is to take place later this year and is the first major event to be hosted …

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27 July 2018

Why we must plant the seeds of growth

THE RESULTS OF THE BREXIT NEGOTIATIONS ARE OF PARTICULAR IMPORTANCE TO KENT’S FARMERS, writes Pat Crawford in Kent Business.  The county’s farmers are a vital part of the national industry which …

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20 July 2018

Potash Farm unveils Kentish cobnut cereal

A NEW MUESLI HAS BEEN LAUNCHED FEATURING THE KENTISH COBNUT, reports Kent Online.  The country’s leading cobnut and walnut grower has unveiled its line of Kentish cobnut and Bramley apple granola m…

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20 July 2018

Boost for Sittingbourne as Salvatori opens £3 million distribution hub

SALVATORI HAS OPENED A NEW £3M DISTRIBUTION HUB IN SITTINGBOURNE, reports Kent Online.  The company, one of Kent’s leading freight companies, has recruited 45 new drivers and 18 warehouse staff fo…

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20 July 2018

Britain must cherish its trees or lose them

BRITAIN MUST CHERISH ITS TREES OR LOSE THEM, argues the Times.  Prince Charles wants everyone who buys a sapling, bush or plant from a garden centre to ask where they came from and examine them for s…

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20 July 2018

UK imports salad from US, Spain and Poland as heatwave hits crops

GROWERS ARE WARNING THAT THE EFFECTS OF THE DROUGHT COULD HAVE A PRICE IMPACT ON SHOPPERS FOR UP TO 11 MONTHS, reports the Sun and the Guardian.  Carrot growers are warning that they are days away fr…

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20 July 2018

Ten acres of corn destroyed by fire in Stockbury

A NUMBER OF STANDING CORN FIRES HAVE BROKEN OUT IN THE LAST WEEK, reports Kent Online.  By Wednesday, firefighters had been called out to at least four fires within three days, the latest being to a …

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16 July 2018

Sunshine, pageantry and national spirit celebrated at Kent Show

74,000 VISITORS ATTENDED THIS YEAR’S KENT SHOW, reports the Kent County Showground.  Despite being the hottest weekend of the year and England playing in the quarter finals, the event hosted many i…

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16 July 2018

New plans to remove ‘bureaucratic headache’ of farm inspections post-Brexit

THE GOVERNMENT IS PROPOSING A SIMPLIFICATION OF FARM REGULATIONS POST-BREXIT, reports Farming UK.  This could include removing the “extra bureaucratic headache” of farm inspections.  The proposa…

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16 July 2018

Frontier invests in Kent hub

FRONTIER AGRICULTURE’S KENT HUB IN WINGHAM WAS OPENED OFFICIALLY THIS WEEK, reports the Farmers Guardian.  The site previously operated as Grain Harvesters and became part of the Frontier business …

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16 July 2018

Harvest conditions ‘driest in living memory’

CONDITIONS ARE NOW DRYER THAN THE FABLED SUMMER OF 1976, PUTTING UK FARMS AT HIGH RISK OF DEVASTATING FIRES, reports Farming UK.  The UK has basked in prolonged sunshine for weeks, but the heatwave h…

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16 July 2018

British salt marshes to “disappear” as sea levels rise

MARSHLAND IN THE SOUTH-EAST OF ENGLAND COULD START TO VANISH IN ABOUT 20 YEARS DUE TO RISING SEA LEVELS, reports the BBC.  Durham University researchers have studied sediment samples dating back 10,0…

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12 July 2018

34,000kgs of Kent strawberries to be served at Wimbledon

SOME 34,000KGS OF KENTISH STRAWBERRIES ARE EXPECTED TO BE SERVED OVER THE COURSE OF THE TWO-WEEK TOURNAMENT, reports Kent Online.  Hugh Lowe Farms in Mereworth is among the farms contributing to the…

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1 December 2017

Five-year glyphosate renewal approved by EU Member States

 Five-year glyphosate extension has been approved today by Member States The world's most-used herbicide glyphosate has been approved for renewal within the EU today following a turbulen…

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1 December 2017

Gender pay gap in agriculture falls 9 percent in last decade

The gender pay gap in agriculture has fallen by 9 percent in the last decade, according to a new report. The report, by business advisers Informi, shows that women who earned just 77p for every £1 a…

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1 December 2017

Chapel Down launches first gin and vodka as it targets premium spirits market

A winemaker has made its first venture into the spirits market using grapes from last year’s harvest. Chapel Down, which has vineyards in Tenterden, near Blue Bell Hill and in the Weald, has launch…

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26 November 2017

Chancellor’s Budget disappoints farming bodies

Farm industry bodies have expressed disappointment at Chancellor Philip Hammond’s budget statement, which they say missed opportunities to support British agriculture and the rural communi…

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26 November 2017

Farmland bird decline prompts renewed calls for agriculture overhaul

Birds living and breeding on the UK’s farmland have seen numbers decline by almost a tenth in five years, official figures show. Farmland bird populations have declined by 56% since 1970, largel…

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26 November 2017

‘FaceTime a Farmer’ needs new recruits to build on success

Farmers who want to do their bit to promote British agriculture are encouraged to get involved in “FaceTime a Farmer” – a project teaching schoolchildren about farming, food and the env…

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26 November 2017

Farmcare to quit ‘operational’ farming

One of Britain’s largest farming businesses – Farmcare – has announced it is quitting “operational farming” and turning to joint venture arrangements instead. The company, which farms 13,…

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26 November 2017

Ei Managed Investments launches new partnership with Hush Heath Estate

21 November 2017 – Ei Managed Investments, the Ei Group business which invests alongside industry-leading managed house operators, is delighted to announce the launch of its ninth venture, Hush Heat…

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18 November 2017

Ashford: Chapel Down brewery due to open in November 2018

Ashford’s state-of-the-art brewery is set to open next November with construction work starting within a matter of weeks. Bosses at Chapel Down winery in Tenterden are building the £1.3 millio…

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12 November 2017

BIDDENDEN HOSTS KENT COUNTY HARVEST THANKSGIVING

Biddenden Vineyards played host to The Diocese of Canterbury for a special Kent County Harvest Thanksgiving service on the evening of Sunday 22nd October.  Rt Reverend Trevor Willmott, the Bishop of…

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6 November 2017

Cost of agricultural inputs driven up by higher fuel price

The average cost of agricultural production inputs has increased 4.92% in the past 12 months to September 2017, according to new figures. The main driver for the increase, according to Anglia Farme…

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6 November 2017

Defra makes £40m available for farm productivity grants

The government is inviting grant applications from farmers in England looking to improve productivity, or add value to meat, milk and fruit, by investing in new technology. Defra secretary Michael …

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6 November 2017

Farmers urged to bury their underpants to improve quality of their beef

Burying a pair of underpants in a field may not seem the obvious starting point for the perfect roast, but farmers are being urged to dig deep for tastier meat. The Agriculture and Horticu…

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6 November 2017

Number of British wine producers reaches record high to fuel growing demand for ’boutique’ drinks

The number of wine producers in Britain has jumped 13pc over the past year to meet the booming demand for “boutique” drinks, which has also propelled the growth of craft breweries and…

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6 November 2017

Press Release for Greenhouse

The Thanet Earth 100 hectare site near Birchington in Kent has made further strides towards completion this year. Construction is complete on the sixth greenhouse, a dedicated facility approaching 7 h…

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5 November 2017

Meurig Raymond makes ‘very difficult’ decision to step down as NFU president

NFU president Meurig Raymond has announced he will step down as the union’s president. His decision could pave the way for his deputy, Wiltshire farmer Minette Batters, to b…

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29 October 2017

Tesco sign British fruit and veg pledge to show support for farmers

Tesco has signed up to a pledge to back British fruit and vegetable growers, becoming the latest retailer to show commitment to the British farming industry. The pledge, created by the NFU, is a ch…

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29 October 2017

British apple boom brings back hundreds of forgotten varieties

Britain is enjoying a remarkable apple boom, as hundreds of new community orchards revive lost varieties and contribute to a thriving heritage market. According to Steve Oram, who is the apple …

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21 October 2017

Farmers can only look after environment if they’re profitable, NFU says

The NFU has warned that without profitable farming businesses there won't be anyone there to look after the environment. The farming union has said farmers need to keep producing food and remain pr…

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21 October 2017

Government adviser’s warning on land prices ‘misinformed’

Agents and other land professionals say a government adviser’s warning land prices could fall dramatically after Brexit show limited understanding of the land market. Dieter Helm, chairman …

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21 October 2017

GM crops ‘not the answer’ to UK food security

Genetically modified (GM) crop technology is not the answer to helping UK farmers produce more food, according to the head of the country’s top crop research facility. Achim Dobermann, chie…

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21 October 2017

UK could see 30 per cent lamb export boost to US

The UK could see a 30 per cent boost in lamb exports to the United States following a successful visit by the US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Mr Perdue met with Defra Secretary Michael Gove …

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13 October 2017

Gusbourne boosts half-year revenues thanks to growing exports

Exports increased by 30% as 15 countries lapped up its fizz made in Appledore on Romney Marsh. The value of the pound remains about 12% lower than prior to the Brexit vote, which has made British goo…

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13 October 2017

AC Goatham & Son buys eight farms and cold storage across Medway and Swale

A fruit grower which supplies more than one in every five apples sold in the UK has taken over eight farms in the county. AC Goatham & Son, which processes crops at a packing facility near Hoo, c…

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22 September 2017

2017 FW Awards: Specialist Crop Producer finalists

The Farmers Weekly Awards 2017 finalists have been announced and the judges have visited each of the finalists for a three-hour interview and tour. From broad-acre vegetables, to top fruit and la…

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22 September 2017

EU plan for total neonics ban is ‘wanton vandalism

Growers have revealed serious concerns over EU proposals to ban all uses of neonicotinoid seed treatments, including on cereals. In a survey commissioned by Bayer CropScience, some 60% of the 1,260 g…

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22 September 2017

UK barley exports boosted by Spanish demand

The 2017-18 barley export campaign started strongly as UK crops helped to fill the gap in Spanish supplies caused by drought this summer. Spain accounted for 60,000t of the 113,000t of feed barley exp…

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22 September 2017

Hush Heath Estate strikes deal to sell wine in Canada as Prime Minister Theresa May visits for trade talks

A vineyard will send its sparkling wine to Canada after landing a deal with one of the world’s largest alcohol buyers as the Prime Minister visits the country for trade talks. Hush Heath Estate…

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22 September 2017

Shepherd Neame cheers hike in sales as sprucing up its pubs pays off

Britain’s oldest brewer has outshone its competitors after a revamp of its pubs and a shift to seaside resorts drove a steep rise in sales. Shepherd Neame recorded like-for-like sales o…

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18 September 2017

Adam Henson calls for introduction of GCSE in agriculture

Adam Henson, one of Britain’s best-known farmers, has called for the introduction of a GCSE in agriculture. The presenter of BBC's Countryfile told The Times: “You can get a GCSE in religious s…

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18 September 2017

Sell-off in ags has gone far enough, according to broker forecasts

The sell-off in agricultural commodities, which took them back to levels last seen in the global financial crisis, has gone far enough, brokers believe, with forecasts for price recoveries across the …

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18 September 2017

UK apple growers’ labour shortage ‘pushing them towards cliff edge’

Industry body warns over need for seasonal workers after Brexit as growers face 20% shortfall in supply of labour  UK apple growers are in the grip of a 20% shortfall i…

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18 September 2017

Growers produce 1,000 British watermelons in bid to champion local produce

Growers have this summer produced 1,000 British watermelons - an exotic fruit which wouldn’t normally grow on UK soil – in a bid to champion local produce. Asda, whose growers will be supplying…

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18 September 2017

2017 FW Awards: Arable Farmer of the Year finalists

The Farmers Weekly Awards 2017 finalists have been announced and the judges have visited each of them for a three-hour interview and tour. All three finalists have livestock in their rotation, are …

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22 August 2017

Sharp rise in cost of rural crime

THE cost of rural theft has risen sharply in the first half of 2017 – despite a 4% drop last year. Early theft claims statistics for the first half of this year show a sharp rise of ove…

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22 August 2017

Kent sees significant fall in migrant workers registering

Kent has seen a significant fall in the number of migrant workers registering in the county, figures have revealed. The drop will be seen as further evidence of the impact of Brexit and is also likel…

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22 August 2017

Fudge Kitchen and Simply Ice Cream win at Great Taste Awards

A fudge maker and ice cream producer have picked up a host of awards at a blind-taste testing at the world’s largest food and drink awards. Fudge Kitchen took home four prizes at the Great Taste Aw…

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22 August 2017

Tonbridge: Jobs lost as Southern Salads goes out of business

A family-run company that supplied fresh salads to supermarkets, restaurants and travel chains across the UK has gone out of business, costing around 260 people their jobs. Administrators say South…

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22 August 2017

Great news for apricot fans as first British fruit of the year hits stores

Apricot lovers are in for the sweetest of summers this year, after Tesco announced it expects a record amount of English-grown apricots to be available in its stores over the summer season. Apricot…

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22 August 2017

Kent Wool Growers in administration after hundred years of trading

Farmer-owned wool company Kent Wool Growers Ltd (KWG) has gone into administration after one hundred years of trading. KWG was established in Ashford, Kent in 1920 as a co-operative, compromising 7…

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22 August 2017

Kent buys most English wine outside London according to Naked Wines

Kent is the thirstiest place outside London when it comes to English wine, according to new figures. The county is forming part of a bubble across the South East, which accounts for 51% of all English…

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14 August 2017

Food security has to be a Brexit priority

The National Farmers’ Union is correct that “the two main responsibilities of any government are to defend its people and feed its people” (Brexit could leave Britain with a bare larder, farmers…

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14 August 2017

CCTV to be compulsory in all abattoirs in England

Slaughterhouses in England will have to install CCTV as part of government plans to monitor animal welfare. Under rules being phased in over the next year, Food Standards Agency vets will be able to …

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14 August 2017

New export market worth £34m opens for UK beef

A new export deal worth £34 million will soon see UK beef on dinner plates and restaurant menus across the Philippines, Food Minister George Eustice has announced today. Beef reared in the UK, alr…

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14 August 2017

Farm funding needed to stem loss of smaller farms, campaigners warn

A fifth of English farms have disappeared in the past 10 years Campaigners have called for farm funding that will stem the loss of smaller farms and the diversity they provide. A new r…

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14 August 2017

4 in 5 Brits believe UK needs more education on origins of food

The majority of Brits believe consumers need to learn more about the origins of their food, new research reveals.  The survey, conducted by Certas Energy, explored the nation's awareness around Brit…

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4 August 2017

UK sees bumper crop of soft fruit but lack of labour to pick it

Ideal weather conditions are expected to help British growers produce a bumper crop of soft fruit this year. British Summer Fruits, the industry body representing UK fruit growers, says that fruit fa…

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4 August 2017

£200m for businesses and broadband

The government has unveiled £200m in grants for rural businesses and broadband projects. Funding for rural businesses would generate more than 6,000 new jobs and support the growth of r…

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28 July 2017

Making a Buzz thanks to the National Lottery

We are delighted to announce we have been awarded £965,300 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to launch our Making a Buzz for the Coast project, which has been in its development stage. Thanks to National …

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22 July 2017

Scientists in East Malling develop water-control system which could make strawberry farmers nearly £400,000 over three years

Strawberry farmers could improve their income by nearly £400,000 over three years with new water-saving technology developed in Kent. Research by scientists at NIAB EMR – formerly known as the…

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4 July 2017

Kent and Medway Business Fund

We're offering 0% loans between £50,000 and £500,000 to small and medium sized businesses in Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Dover, Gravesham, Maidstone, Medway, Sevenoaks, Shepway, Swale, Thanet, To…

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4 July 2017

Rural crime wave exposed in snapshot survey

More than half of farmers have been targeted by rural criminals over the past 12 months, according to a survey by NFU Mutual. The survey, Farming Snapshot: How rural crime affects you, found 56% of…

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4 July 2017

10 Years of Cheese Making

Ten years ago Cheesemakers of Canterbury made its first batch of cheese – Ashmore Farmhouse – at its dairy at Dargate near Faversham. The 4 kg wheels were pressed, wrapped in muslin for two day…

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4 July 2017

Weather leads to roller-coaster grain market

Grain markets have been on a roller-coaster ride over the past couple of weeks, with November wheat futures soaring to a contract high of £147.75/t on 20 June before dropping back. This rise and fall…

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4 July 2017

Survey shows a third of British children don’t know where milk comes from

New research has revealed that a third of children are not aware that milk comes from cows, and two fifths think cows drink milk rather than produce it.  The survey, by Cadbury's, also revealed that…

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26 June 2017

Record Breaking Local Food Day

Biddenden Vineyards is celebrating after its best ever Food Day in aid of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust.  The 11th annual “Taste the Best of Produced in Kent” Food Day, which wa…

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26 June 2017

Arson suspected in beehive fires on Kent farm

Twenty-six beehives are thought to have been deliberately set on fire in what Kent police are describing as a 'suspicious' attack. Dozens of bees have been killed in the fires on a farm in Sellindg…

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26 June 2017

Growers report 20% slump in migrant workers

A major shortage of migrant workers to harvest crops this summer is being reported by UK farmers and food processors. NFU horticulture chairman Ali Capper issued the warning during a union council mee…

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26 June 2017

Farm leaders welcome Agriculture Bill in Queen’s Speech

Farm leaders have welcomed the new Agriculture Bill mentioned in the Queen’s Speech, and called on the industry to work closely with ministers to strike the best deal for food and farming. The Bill …

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26 June 2017

Conservative MEP fails to stop EU neonicotinoid ban

A Conservative MEP has failed to stop a complete EU ban on neonicotinoid pesticides, which critics say are harmful to Britain's bee population. In March it was reported that draft regulations state…

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19 June 2017

Farmers Weekly Awards 2017: Shortlist announce

Farmers up and down the country entered this year’s Farmers Weekly Awards for 15 categories covering a range of enterprise types and farming excellence. We have now whittled down the entries to a…

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19 June 2017

Quarter of a million people participate in Open Farm Sunday

The public showed its support for British farming en masse last weekend with over a quarter of a million people visiting farms for LEAF Open Farm Sunday. Initial estimates indicate that over 250k p…

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19 June 2017

Nim’s Fruit Crisps in Sittingbourne to break into schools, colleges and university market after signing distribution deal

A fruit and vegetable crisps manufacturer has signed a distribution deal set to put its packets in schools, colleges and universities across the country. Nim’s Fruit Crisps will supply its air-drie…

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19 June 2017

UK could get farm aid for two years after Brexit under EU budget plan

The UK could continue to get farm payments and aid for poorer regions for two years after it leaves the EU, if it agrees to pay into the EU budget until the end of 2020, under plans being considered b…

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19 June 2017

FSOOTY 2017 – Stuart Woods Takes Top Award

The exceptional skills of Kent farm-worker, Stuart Woods, have won him the ultimate accolade of Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year 2017. The prestigious competition’s finalists were rewarded at the I…

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19 June 2017

Michael Gove appointed environment secretary in cabinet reshuffle

Michael Gove has made a shock return to the cabinet as environment secretary after being sacked by Theresa May last year. Gove’s return to the cabinet was the main development of a muted reshuffl…

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13 June 2017

Rural tourism ‘worth more than farming’

TOURISM generates more revenue and provides more employment for the rural sector than farming, delegates at a recent seminar were told. John Hoy, head of rural at consultants Bidwells, wa…

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13 June 2017

Why Kent is so attractive to wine growers and English sparkling wine is entering the world stage

Even the British weather could not take the smile off the face of Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger. The president of the eponymous Grand Marque champagne house – the last still run by its founding family…

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13 June 2017

Two-thirds of food shoppers want British-only ‘preference button’

A new survey commissioned by the NFU has found 64 per cent of shoppers want to have the option to view British-only produce when buying food online. iThe research, carried out by YouGov…

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13 June 2017

Fine developers for ‘sitting on land’ say farming campaigners Rural plc Kent

Property developers who sit on land should be fined by the government to promote housebuilding in the countryside, according to farming campaigners. Pressure group Rural plc Kent said stockpiling of …

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13 June 2017

General Election 2017: Farmers face more uncertainty as Conservatives humiliated at the polls

In a turn of events which is set to leave farmers facing yet more uncertainty, the Conservatives have failed to win a majority of seats in the House of Commons and rumours are swirling about a new…

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2 June 2017

Food exports surge to record highs but business confidence plummets ahead of the General Election

Food and drink exports have surged to their highest point on record at the start of the year, as the “sweet spot” for British exporters continues. Exports of all UK food and drink in the first …

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2 June 2017

Scrapping EU subsidies for farmers could put 250,000 jobs at risk, says report

Leaving the European Union and removing CAP payments to farmers without replacing it with a national policy could result in the loss of up to 250,000 jobs connected to the rural sector, according to a…

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2 June 2017

Lower Thames Crossing debate re-opened as Labour pledge to put brakes on government’s plans

Labour has pledged to reconsider the government's plans for the Lower Thames Crossing. Andy McDonald, the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, said that 'all options' would be considered again …

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23 May 2017

Lib Dems include seven-point plan for farming in manifesto

Maintaining access to the single European market and giving UK citizens a second vote on Brexit form the centrepiece of the Liberal Democrats’ manifesto, released on Wednesday (17 May). “A bad …

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23 May 2017

15 Labour manifesto pledges for British farmers

Jeremy Corbyn has launched Labour’s manifesto, including a pledge to protect UK farmers from cheap food imports. The document was launched by the Labour leader on Tuesday (16 May). “O…

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23 May 2017

Conservative manifesto pledges to extend funding for farmers

The Conservative Party has pledged to extend its commitment to guarantee the current level of financial support for farmers, from 2020 until 2022. The commitment was the headline policy on agriculture…

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23 May 2017

Farmers warn of huge losses as crops refuse to grow in the ‘desert fields’ of Kent

Despite a wet end to the week, farmers are praying for more rain as one of the driest winters in 20 years threatens to turn Kent into a desert. On the Isle of Sheppey one farmer is already predicting …

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23 May 2017

Higher farm debt calls for careful cash monitoring

Farm borrowing rose in the first quarter of 2017, despite the market boost from lower sterling, which also meant BPS payments 18% higher than in the previous year. Farmers borrowed an additional £348…

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23 May 2017

Beekeeper left devastated after thieves swipe over 200,000 bees from Little Sharsted Farm, Doddington

A beekeeper has been left devastated after thieves swiped around 240,000 bees and their hives from a farm. Stewart Farmer said he was gutted by the theft, which has caused him to lose colonies he and …

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15 May 2017

Rural sector in Kent suffers fall in turnover as supermarkets ‘apply price squeeze’ on suppliers

The rural sector in Kent suffered a decline in turnover last year as supermarkets squeezed prices on suppliers – but improved profits as technology reduced labour costs. Revenues in agriculture and …

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15 May 2017

Farmers ‘concerned’ about crops after driest winter in 20 years

Farmers are "increasingly concerned" about fruit and vegetable crops after the driest winter in 20 years. Most rivers across England have been at lower levels than usual, and less than half the averag…

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15 May 2017

Frost bites Kent wine industry as some vineyards expect harvests may be smaller and delayed

Winemakers in Kent are counting the cost of a late frost in April that has damaged vines during the largely hot and dry month. Some vineyards are preparing to put back harvests for a year after th…

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15 May 2017

Decline in land prices slows as supply dries up

Land prices are continuing to fall, but the decline has slowed on the back of a significant drop in supplies. In the first quarter of 2017 the average value of bare farmland in England and Wales slip…

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15 May 2017

Farmers urged to get involved in this year’s Open Farm Sunday

On Sunday 11th June 2017 hundreds of farms across the UK will throw open their gates to welcome the public and showcase the fascinating world of farming. LEAF Open Farm Sunday gives visitors the op…

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15 May 2017

Kent children enjoy a day of learning

The Kent County Agricultural Society, Charitable Activities Committee hosted the 14th Living Land event at the Kent Showground in Detling on Thursday 4 May. The event which started in 2004 has seen…

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10 May 2017

Apple-picking robot to solve shortage of farm labour

A new machine that vacuums ripe fruit off the tree will prove to be god-send as apple orchard owners say they need robotics because seasonal farm labour is getting harder to come by. California-bas…

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10 May 2017

Wealden distiller wins top international award for their local botanical gin

Greensand Ridge Distillery has been awarded a top international award in their first year for their London Dry Gin. The gin was awarded a prestigious Silver Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits…

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10 May 2017

Taittinger Champagne plants first vines in Kent

The president of one of France’s longest-established champagne families has dug the first ground on his first vineyard in Kent. On a rainy May morning, Pierre-Emmanuel Taittinger planted the first v…

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10 May 2017

Kent’s Rural Economy PLC would rank at 60th in the FTSE100, reports Rural PLC (Kent)

Last week’s Rural PLC (Kent) event, hosted by Canterbury Christ Church University, heard from Richard Ashworth MEP, the Conservative spokesperson in Brussel…

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4 May 2017

BeerBods aims to expand network of Kent beer makers and breweries after speaking at Kent B2B exhibition

An online beer club has its eyes on expanding into Kent after speaking to firms at the county’s longest-running business exhibition. BeerBods founder and managing director Matt Lane was the opening …

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4 May 2017

Record number of companies in Kent, breaking 100,000 barrier for the first time

Kent has more than 100,000 companies located in the county for the first time. The number has grown by a quarter over the last five years, based on statistics from Companies House and the Office o…

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4 May 2017

Farm-to-doorstep delivery app raises another £7m for expansion

Farmdrop, an app that lets customers order groceries from producers, has raised £7m to challenge on-demand offerings from supermarkets. The online delivery start-up connects customers with …

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4 May 2017

Total income from farming sees small real-terms rise in 2016

Total income from farming (Tiff) in the UK rose by 1.5% or £59m in real terms to £3.9bn in 2016, Defra figures show. Tiff represents business profit and although it rose, this was because of lower …

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27 April 2017

Cows cause delays on train line in Kent by gathering on the platform

Commuters in Kent have been treated to an unusual sight after a herd of lost cattle began lining up beside a train platform. Up to 60 cattle were spotted walking along the track and going into a tu…

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27 April 2017

Tech start-up aims to stop rural crime as it happens with new security system

A team of young tech entrepreneurs have developed a new, real-time, remote area security system in answer to the continuing rise in rural crime, which cost rural communities an estimated £43 million …

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27 April 2017

Kent food factory Tilmanstone Salads launch recruitment drive

What began as basic spring onion operation 40 years ago is now providing tasty salads and leafy snacks to every Marks & Spencer store in Europe. Tilmanstone Salads, on the Pike Road Industrial Est…

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27 April 2017

‘Rural voice must be heard in election’

RURAL communities must not be sidelined by politicians standing in the general election, the Rural Services Network has warned. The network issued the warning after Prime Minister Theresa May call…

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27 April 2017

2017 BFBC Results

February saw the fourth annual Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) organised by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, with record numbers of people taking part (including 28 from Austria!) Participa…

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27 April 2017

UK wine industry to plant 1m vines as sector bubbles with confidence

Wine producers in Britain will plant a record 1m vines over the next 12 months, allowing growers to produce 2m more bottles of wine a year in the south of a country not historically known for its viti…

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19 April 2017

Government crackdown on fly-tippers

Fly-tippers could be forced to help councils clear-up illegally dumped waste in a new drive to clean up the countryside. Government recommendations include making offenders on community sentences …

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19 April 2017

Asda reignites row over ‘farm’ brands by relaunching value range

The supermarket chain Asda has relaunched its value Smart Price food range as Farm Stores, reigniting the row about retailers’ controversial use of “fake farm” brands to sell products. Asda, whi…

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19 April 2017

Largest proportion of Kent firms planning to hire new staff since before the financial crisis, survey shows

Companies in Kent are showing the highest levels of optimism about hiring staff since before the financial crisis, a survey shows. In the first three months of the year, the proportion of firms pl…

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19 April 2017

Tip top bumper asparagus crop arrives two weeks early

Lovers of the vegetable will get their fix from British farmers a fortnight early as a bumper crop hits the supermarkets.  A warm spring has led to an estimated crop of 6,500 tons of asparagus, up by…

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19 April 2017

Poultry in England allowed outside as anti-bird flu measures relaxed

All poultry in England will be allowed outside again from Thursday, having been kept indoors to protect them from an infectious strain of bird flu. The government has carried out a new assessment of t…

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19 April 2017

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling arriving in Dartford as Lower Thames Crossing confirmed for east of Gravesend

Years of frustration and uncertainty has been brought to an end with the announcement that the Lower Thames Crossing will be built east of Gravesend. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will be at the …

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13 April 2017

New owner takes over Kent Crisps and Kentish Oils

Kent born and avid foodie, Laura Bounds, is the new owner of Kent Crisps and Kentish Oils. Kent Crisps and Kentish Oils is well known for producing quality products and promoting the county in the UK …

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13 April 2017

Palm oil producer MP Evans grows profits after recovery in prices

A palm oil producer with plantations across Indonesia increased profits by 39% to $35.3 million (£28.2m). MP Evans, which has its head office in Tunbridge Wells, boosted revenues by 16% to $83.9 mill…

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13 April 2017

Hadlow College may be a wonderful example of how turnaround leads to transformation

Last year Hadlow College was awarded the Institute of Fiscal Turnaround Public Sector Award, beating the KPMG Turnaround Team and the Core Education Trust. This could easily not have been, writes the …

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13 April 2017

Owen Paterson spells out vision for farming post Brexit

Former Defra secretary Owen Paterson has spelt out his Brexit vision for British agriculture and the environment with the publication of two reports. Eurosceptic Mr Paterson, a staunch supporter…

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13 April 2017

Farmer installs live webcam on-farm to show children in classroom the wonders of lambing

An inspirational Kent farmer is working with a national farming and education charity to bring live farming into the heart of classrooms across the country.  Fidelity Weston of Romshed Farm, Sevenoa…

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13 April 2017

Kent farmer to grow soya for the first time on farm

A farmer from Kent will be growing soya for the first time this harvest. Mark Bowsher-Gibbs, farm and estate manager at G.H Dean in, hosts the AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds Monitor Farm in Sittingbou…

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4 April 2017

Experts outline Brexit approach for rural policy

Experts have called for a more holistic approach to rural policy as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. It comes as the government prepares to trigger the Article 50 exit process. …

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4 April 2017

Two Kent artisan food companies, Simply Ice Cream and Fudge Kitchen, join forces for new ice cream flavour

A blossoming partnership between two Kent businesses has resulted in a tasty new slice of summer. Simply Ice Cream in Bonnington has launched its new peanut brittle flavour after joining forces with F…

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4 April 2017

Farming Connect: The importance of biodiversity and wildlife on farmland

As the global human population continues to rise, more land will need to be committed to agricultural production to meet a likely rise in demand for food, says Dr William Stiles from the Institute of …

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4 April 2017

Thanet Earth has confirmed the construction of another greenhouse at its Kent site

The greenhouse plot is expected to be operational in less than 26 weeks with the first concrete posts installed last week.  The greenhouse will be planted with a mix of speciality tomato varieties, u…

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27 March 2017

Kent County Council launches eight employer guilds

Kent County Council has created eight teams of experts in different industries to encourage young people to begin a career in those sectors. The so-called employer guilds will help address areas where…

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27 March 2017

Cauliflowers galore as bumper crop hits the shelves

Families are being advised to pick up a cauliflower this week in a bid to prevent thousands being dumped. An early bumper ‘crop flush’ of caulis has left farmers struggling to find buyers for the …

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27 March 2017

Princess Anne on food and farming post-Brexit

The Princess Royal discussed food, farming and environmental opportunities in the next couple of years.  She questioned the necessity of the fields of solar panels springing up across the countryside…

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27 March 2017

Dobbies in Ashford to open food hall this weekend

A garden centre will open a new food hall this weekend. Dobbies Ashford will sell products from well-known brands and Kent suppliers including Butcher of Brogdale, Baker’s Bicycle, Curd and Cure, Pa…

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27 March 2017

‘Bee-harming’ pesticides face total ban

The European Commission has proposed a complete ban on widely used pesticides suspected of harming bees. The three neonicotinoid pesticides, thiamethoxam, clothianidin and imidacloprid, are a…

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22 March 2017

Speciality Breads-xit as Kent Baker begins to export

Artisan baker Speciality Breads has continued its dramatic rise in the baking world after securing its first export deal and rolling out its breads abroad. Clive Levene, one of Speciality Breads’…

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22 March 2017

Government rejects seasonal farmworkers scheme

The government has rejected calls for a seasonal agricultural workers scheme (SAWS) so people from overseas can fill temporary job vacancies on UK farms. Immigration minister Robert Goodwill told MPs …

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22 March 2017

Taste of Kent Awards 2017 Winners Revealed

Credit to: http://www.producedinkent.co.uk/taste-of-kent-awards-2017-winners-revealed/ The winners of Produced in Kent’s Taste of Kent Awards have been revealed today (Thursday 9 March), after b…

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22 March 2017

Warning after rise in rural thefts in Marden, Yalding and East and West Farleigh

Police are warning farmers to lock away their valuable equipment after a rise in tractor and trailer thefts. There has been a spate of reported crimes in rural areas including Marden, Yalding and East…

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22 March 2017

Dessert supplier to Sainsbury’s and Waitrose, Rhokett, increases profits and revenues

A dessert supplier to Sainsbury’s and Waitrose increased pre-tax profits by nearly half to £148,000 last year, newly filed accounts show. Rhokett, which was co-founded by Gillingham-born celebrity …

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16 March 2017

Sandwich farmer calls for government to punish supermarkets for continually importing vegetables

A farmer in Sandwich has warned that producers in the area could be wiped out if supermarkets continue to import goods from overseas. Richard Ash says the industry is at an all-time low and admits …

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16 March 2017

Mighty Fine Things

Although a finalist for a 2017 Produced in Kent award, Mighty Fine Things owes the inspiration for many of its delectable flavoured vinegars, sauces and alcohol to far-flung climes thousands of miles …

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16 March 2017

Amateur hopgrowers give Deal beer project a great start

A hop-growing project in Deal is brewing nicely with more than 100 gardens, allotment holders, community gardens and spaces signed up. Deal With It, the town's green community group, announced its pl…

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16 March 2017

Shetland Pony Grand National to race into the 2017 Kent County Show

The main Astor Ring will feature ‘The Shetland Pony Grand National’ on all three Show days. The jockeys are children aged between 8 and 13 years old who, will not only entertain the crowds, but th…

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16 March 2017

We face ‘big question’ on farm Brexit, admits minister

Defra minister George Eustice has conceded that a “big question” must be addressed over the future of farm policy in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Giving evidence to a House of…

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16 March 2017

Budget brings higher NI costs for most farmers

Higher self-employed national insurance rates, lower tax-free dividends for those trading as companies and tweaks to business rates were among the Budget measures affecting farming businesses. Chan…

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16 March 2017

Lincs Farming Conference: ‘UK risks losing its biggest manufacturing industry unless it protects farming’

The United Kingdom will risk losing its biggest manufacturing industry unless it protects British agriculture. That is the message from NFU vice president Guy Smith at the told the Lincolnshire Far…

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17 February 2017

Old Chalk New Downs

The Old Chalk New Downs project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and focuses on restoring chalk grassland and other downland habitats in North Kent, between Kemsing and Detling. “Chal…

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17 February 2017

Small Business Confidence Rebounds In The South East

Small business confidence has recovered in the South East despite increasing operating costs, according to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB’s) latest quarterly Small Business Index (SBI). …

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17 February 2017

Morrisons to ‘hedge bets’ and recruit more UK-based suppliers

Morrisons is aiming to recruit 200 more British suppliers after a report commissioned by the supermarket found that only just over half the food eaten in the UK comes from local sources. The report…

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17 February 2017

Farmland prices remain strong despite global downturn

Savills’ Global Farmland Index recorded an average annualised growth of 13 per cent since 2002 and 7.5 per cent over the past 10 years. Ian Bailey, Savills head of agricultural research, said:…

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17 February 2017

Brutalist barns and concrete cowsheds: England’s new rural architecture

HIDDEN behind farmhouses and tucked into the corners of fields, bold architectural experiments are under way in the English countryside. A recent change in planning regulations has simplified the deve…

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17 February 2017

Benefits of breeding: Scientists say larger and tastier strawberries offer 20 per cent saving on labour

Larger, tastier strawberries that offer 20 per cent saving on labour and almost no wastage demonstrate that the benefits of breeding extend far beyond yield, according to scientists. Flavour and nu…

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17 February 2017

Urgent call to save vital rural services

AN urgent adjustment to local government funding is needed to deliver vital rural services, a leading MP has warned. How to fund local public services is one of the big questions at Westminster, s…

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17 February 2017

County rejoices as business leaders secure £34.2m funding for projects across Kent and Medway

Major capital projects across Kent and Medway have been boosted by a government cash injection of some £34.2m. Communities and local government minister, Andrew Percy, today announced a package of pr…

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17 February 2017

Up to £14.5m in development funding available for rural businesses in Kent and Medway

Economic chiefs in Kent and Medway are urging the county’s rural businesses to bid for a share of development funding worth some £14.5m. The Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs…

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7 February 2017

The Kent Debate

On the 16th of March 2017, the first debate will be held at Hadlow College to discuss the subject of compulsory purchase and impact of major infrastructure and development proposals on landowners, far…

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2 February 2017

Fishing industry would be ‘finished’ if restrictions are imposed, according to Folkestone trawler Terry Noakes

Fishermen are still trading - but with uncertainty of their futures as proposed restrictions could stop their trade “overnight,” it is claimed. Terry Noakes, the managing director of Folkestone Tr…

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2 February 2017

Fruit crisps maker Nim’s to launch children’s range after successful campaign

A fruit crisps entrepreneur is to launch a new range of snacks for children after completing a successful crowdfunding campaign. Nimisha Raja will take her Nim’s Fruit & Veg Crisps brand to a ra…

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2 February 2017

‘More help needed for rural shops’

THE government is facing calls to help secure the future of thousands of rural shops. Campaigners say action is needed so 19,128 rural shops can continue to provide essential services. Many v…

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2 February 2017

New boss at NIAB EMR, formerly known as East Malling Research

A crop research institute has hired a new managing director a year after it was rescued in a takeover. NIAB EMR, formerly known as East Malling Research, will be led by Professor Mario Caccamo, a comp…

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2 February 2017

Kent MPs hear post Brexit farm view

NFU puts post Brexit food and farming in spotlight for MPs Kent MPs have heard from the NFU how government could help Kent farmers and growers continue to feed the county’s 1.7million residents pos…

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2 February 2017

Punitive business rates threaten rural way of life

Rural enterprises will be among the biggest losers in the most radical reform of business rates for a generation. Riding schools, livery yards, stud farms, vineyards and livestock markets are facin…

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25 January 2017

ED&F Man flags potential for pulses, as it buys Maviga

ED&F Man flagged the potential for pulses as the trading house, better known for coffee and sugar, entered the sector through the takeover of Maviga, which has grown from an attic room into a $300…

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24 January 2017

Fears for farming as UK prepares to quit EU single market

Farm leaders say agriculture must not be sacrificed as the UK seeks free-trade deal when it leaves the EU. Industry leaders were speaking after prime minister Theresa May confirmed on Tuesday (17 Janu…

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23 January 2017

Small and medium businesses across Kent and Medway to benefit from £5m interest-free loan boost

KCC’s Regional Growth Fund has already supported some 242 companies in the county with £55m of loans that have created more than 2,212 jobs Small and medium businesses across the county are set…

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22 January 2017

Simply Ice Cream ‘looking forward to Brexit’ as Ashford company anticipates move away from imports

A luxury ice cream maker is “looking forward to Brexit” as it anticipates a move away from imported products made more expensive by the weakened pound. Simply Ice Cream plans to double production …

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20 January 2017

New money for student-led crop research under scholarships with Berry Gardens and NIAB EMR

A consortium has secured £1.9 million of funding for student-led crop research. Tonbridge-based fruit producer Berry Gardens and NIAB EMR, formerly known as East Malling Research, teamed up to win fu…

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19 January 2017

Immigration minister hints at possibility of Seasonal Agricultural Permit Scheme for Kent Farmers Post-Brexit

The government’s immigration minister has hinted a much called-for Seasonal Agricultural Permit Scheme (SAPS) could be introduced to help farmers post-Brexit. The scheme, which could apply to either…

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18 January 2017

CLA – Rural Business 2030

On the 6th of December 2016, the CLA published their Rural Business 2030 Report. With their aim of 'Unlocking Investment and Unlocking Potential', the CLA have undertaken a yearlong CLA programme gat…

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18 January 2017

DEFRA: Environment Secretary sets out ambition for food and farming industry

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom addresses the Oxford Farming Conference 2017. For an industry that’s been around as long as mankind itself, farming has been at the ce…

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21 December 2016

4000 new homes approved for South Canterbury

The biggest housing development ever proposed in Canterbury has recently been approved. Canterbury City council has given outline planning permission for the 4,000-home Mountfield Park ‘garden city…

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12 December 2016

New measures to protect poultry against Avian Flu announced by DEFRA

With the recent risk, the Government Chief Vet has declared a Prevention Zone introducing enhanced biosecurity requirements for poultry and captive birds, helping protect them from a strain of avian f…

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6 December 2016

The Digital Awards 2017 – Country Eye Mobile App

The Digital Awards were first started in 2013 with the aim to help grow the digital skillset of each county. Annually nominees attend an award ceremony where they could potentially receive awards in c…

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15 November 2016

Celebrating the nation’s Bees’ Needs pollinator heroes

An inner-London ‘nectar bar’ and a disused coal mine transformed into a pollen-rich hay meadow are among a range of innovative projects helping protect the nation’s pollinators being celebrated …

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1 November 2016

The Farmers Ball 2016

This year at the Kent County Showground there was a Farmers Ball to raise funds for young people who want a career in farming. About 280 farmers and growers attended the event to see Jamie McGrorty…

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28 October 2016

British food companies set to push culinary boundaries

Thousands of businesses will have expert help to revolutionise food production From prolonging shelf life to developing new sources of protein, more than 6,000 British food and drink companies…

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28 September 2016

Free Entry to the 2016 National Fruit Show

The organisers of the National Fruit Show, the Marden Fruit Show Society, are happy to announce that entry will be free for visitors to the UK’s premier Fruit event being held at the Kent Event Cen…

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20 September 2016

The UK’s food history revealed through five generations of data

New data spanning back to the 1940s will take people on a culinary tour through the decades – giving a glimpse into kitchens of the past. For the first time official records of what people ate an…

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24 August 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond guarantees EU funding beyond date UK leaves the EU

British businesses and universities will have certainty over future funding and should continue to bid for competitive EU funds while the UK remains a member of the EU. Assurances set out by the Tr…

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8 August 2016

Bluetongue vaccine now available for farmers in Britain

Livestock keepers are urged to talk to their vets about vaccinating animals. There is a high risk of an outbreak of Bluetongue (BTV-8) towards the end of the summer as a result of infected midges b…

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19 July 2016

Hadlow College Grooming Department offering

The Hadlow College Grooming Department is run in a unique partnership with PIF – the Pet Industry Federation. Hadlow College students have won the vast majority of the awards at the Inter-college D…

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16 June 2016

International Blackcurrant Conference 2016

The International Blackcurrant Association (IBA) was formed in 2008 in Christchurch New Zealand. It evolved from the bi-annual European Conference that has been part of the industry since 1995. The In…

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2 June 2016

Open Farm Sunday in Kent 5th June

Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1000 farmers across the…

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20 May 2016

The 2016 British Farming Awards

The British Farming Awards highlight the determination and tenacity of British farmers in ever-changing and challenging conditions and climates. The awards are about recognising farmers who are taki…

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11 May 2016

New penalties to crack down on fly-tipping

Recently Defra has announced that there are going to be new penalties introduced for anyone caught illegally dumping waste in the countryside. The new changes include a £400 on the spot fine for anyo…

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5 May 2016

New Defra guidance on what is waste!

If you are the producer or holder of a material and you’re unsure whether it’s a waste or not, you can use the new Defra guidance to assess the status of your material (a material can include any…

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19 April 2016

New food and farming degree apprenticeships

Environment Secretary brings together food sector experts and employers to create apprenticeships, boosting innovation in the food industry The next generation of food entrepreneurs will have…

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14 April 2016

Extended tax averaging for farmers starts

A press release from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, HM Treasury, The Rt Hon George Osborne MP and The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP. Under the new rules, initially announced …

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31 March 2016

New Government Scheme to plant more Trees

A new government backed scheme has given millions of schoolchildren across England  the chance to plant saplings in their communities as part of the new scheme to give free trees to schools, which i…

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11 March 2016

Lambing Weekend at Hadlow College

Sat 12th & Sun 13th March 11am - 4pm The Lambing Weekend at Hadlow college is a fun filled family day with tractor rides, a climbing wall, and the opportunity to see some new born lambs, birds …

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10 February 2016

Agri-Expo

The annual Agri-Expo show is being held on the 2nd of March at the Kent County Showground. The show has received a strong interest from European machinery manufacturers this year confirming the Southe…

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12 January 2016

Longest stretch of England’s coastline to open for public

Due to new government plans work is underway to open up half of England’s coastline as part of plans to complete a path around the whole of the English coast. The announcement by the Rural Minister…

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8 January 2016

Environment Minister addresses the Oxford Farming Conference

Elizabeth Truss today delivered a speech to delegates at the annual Oxford Farming Conference. Global challenges The flooding we have had to confront is one of a whole set of interlinked challenges …

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6 January 2016

Reformed Defra will help British farming lead the world

The Environment Secretary sets out priorities to make farmers more resilient. Defra will invest 12 per cent more capital this Parliament to upgrade its animal and plant disease response, as well impro…

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3 December 2015

End to Operation Stack

Wednesday, 25 November, 2015 Kent is to get a £250 million investment in its roads to end the misery of Operation Stack, the Chancellor announced today. Operation Stack brought Kent to a standsti…

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25 November 2015

Events at the Broadview Tearoom

The Broadview Tearoom at Hadlow College is home to a number of events this season, including the Hellebore Tours led by Head Gardener Alex Rennie. The college offers Hellebore Tours at 11am and 2pm…

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18 November 2015

Young Entrepreneur Award announced

The new Mike Rusbridge Award for Kent’s Young Food and Farming Entrepreneur, under the umbrella of the Taste of Kent Awards, has recently opened. Nominations can be made by individuals, or one or mo…

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17 November 2015

Kent Countryside Awards

The votes for the Kent Countryside Award have now opened and will close on the 11h of January. This award focuses on giving Kentish businesses the credit that they deserve and tries to promote small l…

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10 November 2015

Thousands help save the bees by signing up to the government’s National Pollinator Strategy

Thousands of people in the UK are signing up to schemes to create new habitats for bees and pollinators as part of the government’s National Pollinator Strategy. The scheme launched a year ago and t…

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6 November 2015

Great Food Nation

The country's brightest food pioneers are being brought together to help Britain become a Great Food Nation. Top chefs Raymond Blanc OBE and Ken Hom OBE will join entrepreneurs like Leon’s Henry …

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30 October 2015

National Fruit Show 2015

The 2015 National Fruit Show competitions saw a near record number of entries across all the competitions.  The 82nd National Fruit Show once again saw innovation at the forefront of the English T…

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27 October 2015

Bubbling English wine boosted by new laser data

The county of Kent has had lots of success in recent years with a growing amount of vineyards producing top quality British wine. Kent’s vineyards have the perfect growing conditions for the high qu…

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29 July 2015

Rural Crime and Rural Policing

Country Eye Ltd have built a free App for people living and working in the rural community.  The app allows users to record and share information on crime, suspicious behaviour and damage in their ho…

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5 July 2015

‘Picture a pollinator’ Competition

As part of the Pollinator work with Syngenta and Kings, CFE are organising a competition “Picture a pollinator” to find the best pollen and nectar plot.  The details of the Picture a pollinator …

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1 July 2015

Rural Plc sponsors for the IOD Breakfast

The IOD Breakfast at 7.30am on Friday 10th July marks the launch of the Kent County Show 2015. This year Rural PLCis delighted to be sponsoring the IOD Kent Breakfast. Rural PLC is an initiative tha…

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24 April 2015

National Fruit Show AGM

The Marden Fruit Show Society hosted its 82nd Annual General Meeting at Hadlow College Animal Management Facility on 15th April 2015.  Society President, Rt Hon Michael Jack CBE, welcomed over fifty …

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24 April 2015

Barclays Bank, Modern Farming

Mark Suthern, Head of Agriculture, Barclays wanted to give growers an insight in to how the financial sector viewed our industry.  He wanted to cover a number of key points, business planning, land p…

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2 April 2015

Kent Rural Careers – Growing and Nurturing Kent’s Future

Kent Rural Careers, an initiative run by Rural Plc (Kent), attended the successful two day careers event ‘KentChoices4U’ on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th March.  Kent Rural Careers, Rural Plc …

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26 March 2015

500 seasonal full time jobs available in Medway and Kent later this year

A C Goatham & Son is now recruiting to fill around 500 full time seasonal posts for the 2015 harvest season, beginning June 2015. Gayle Goatham, HR Manager at A C Goatham & Son comments: “W…

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19 March 2015

Conservation covenants can help protect our landscapes

The importance of this country’s treasured landscapes to our economy, our health and our sense of identity is perhaps greater now than it has ever been. And yet protecting our natural heritage is of…

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11 March 2015

£5 million worth of funding now open to boost innovation for farmers

Thanks to £5 million worth of government funding, farmers can now access the best new technology to keep the UK farming industry at the forefront of innovation, Farming Minister George Eustice announ…

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6 March 2015

Long term economic plan for food and farming announced

A long-term economic plan for food and farming that will ensure this thriving industry continues to grow and create jobs has been revealed by Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss. In a speech at t…

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19 February 2015

British agriculture ‘hugely important’ issue ahead of election

The NFU will launch a national campaign next week to highlight the importance of food and farming ahead of the general election. The “Great British Food Gets My Vote” campaign, to be launched a…

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13 February 2015

Early results from farm bird count

Early results from a major count of farmland birds reveal sightings of several rare species. The farmers participating in the Big Farmland Bird Count recorded seeing 117 bird types, including 14 at-ri…

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30 January 2015

Fracking Ban in Important Countryside Areas Welcomed

CPRE Kent has welcomed the government’s commitment that there should be a ban on fracking in national parks, sites of special scientific interest and areas of outstanding national beauty. Richard…

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14 January 2015

The Importance of Outdoor Visits in England

The annual report from the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey, the national survey on people and the natural environment, reveals that the English adult population made a…

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9 January 2015

AHDB report on withdrawal of active substances

A report written by Sarah Wynn, ADAS UK Ltd and commissioned by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, highlights the economic impacts of yield loss for the withdrawal of active substanc…

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9 January 2015

Kent produces excellent wines

According to a release from DEFA, the government, as part of a long term economic plan, has opened around 600 trading markets across the world since 2010 for food and drink businesses, with 199 being …

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4 December 2014

Farming industry income rises

The UK agricultural industry is going from strength to strength in its contribution to economic growth, with new statistics revealing that increased production and prices boosted farming income to £5…

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3 December 2014

Funding for flood areas Yalding & Tonbridge

Better protection for homes, businesses and farmland will be provided under a six-year £2.3 billion flood defence programme. Homes, businesses and farmland from Lancashire to E…

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21 November 2014

Nature Improvement Areas are Boosting Wildlife, Communities and Economy

Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) set up by the government in 2012 have helped farmers to access EU grants, made valuable contributions towards university research and boosted the £210 billion rural …

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5 November 2014

The NPS: for bees and other pollinators in England

The news this week that the Government will be taking forward the National Pollinator Strategy will be well received by the many fruit growers we have in the county.  The Secretary of State for Envi…

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30 October 2014

Fighting Rural Crime

The Kent Rural Crime Conference took place on 29th October at the Kent Police Training College in Maidstone.  Over 100 members of the rural community attended the event to hear how Kent Police are go…

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23 October 2014

Exceptionally Low Rainfall in September

Early Met Office figures show this is set to be the driest September across the UK since records began in 1910, with exceptionally low rainfall for many parts of the country. It is also likely to fini…

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22 May 2014

Rural PLC (Kent) Launches Kent Rural Careers App

Rural PLC (Kent), at their second Annual General Meeting today, unveiled a brand new careers website and mobile phone application for the rural sector. The system, which has been developed by a Ken…

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26 October 2012

Rural PLC (Kent) launches its first annual report

In the first annual report, published today, the Board of Rural PLC (Kent) revealed that, if Kent's rural sector was a company, it would be ranked 57th in the FTSE 100 with net assets of £5.4 billion…

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