17th June 2022


Rural Rap


Kent top fruit to be sold in more Aldi stores nationally. https://www.kentonline.co.uk/kent-business/county-news/growers-cultivate-extended-deal-with-supermarket-268792/

Reaction from across the industry.

Farmers Weekly https://www.fwi.co.uk/business/business-management/agricultural-transition/analysis-food-strategy-receives-mixed-reaction-from-industry

CLA https://www.cla.org.uk/news/national-food-strategy-launch-focuses-heavily-on-agricultural-sector/
NFU https://www.nfuonline.com/updates-and-information/government-food-strategy-nfu-response/

PLANNING RULE SHAKE-UP The UK Government has pledged reforms to the planning system that could ease restrictions on the conversion of disused farm buildings into residential properties, including in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


SOUR GRAPES? Kent growers ‘fury’ over Sussex wine status. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2022/06/15/kent-fury-bubbles-blasts-joke-decision-grant-sussex-wine-champagne/

DISCOUNT SUPERMARKETS. Discounters set to be the fastest growing grocery channel for the next five years. https://www.thegrocer.co.uk/discounters/discounters-forecast-to-be-fastest-growing-grocery-channel-over-next-five-years/668388.article

UK FOOD PRICES. Reports prices may rise 15% this summer.

BIRD FLU RISE. Bird flu cases in East Sussex reach over 100. https://www.farminguk.com/news/bird-flu-confirmed-in-east-sussex-as-cases-in-england-reach-over-100_60579.html

ANIMAL WELFARE. Waitrose launches new animal welfare app. https://www.farminguk.com/news/waitrose-hailed-after-rolling-out-first-of-its-kind-animal-welfare-app_60586.html

COVER CROP FUNDING. Affinity Water is building on its successful Cover Crop scheme that’s been running in Hertfordshire since 2019, with the launch of a new project in East Kent.   Covering areas to the north and east of Folkestone and Dover, Affinity Water are offering payments between £100 and £125 to cover the cost of seed and establishment this Autumn.   The scheme aims to address the issues of long-term nitrate leaching and soil erosion and benefit water quality through the establishment of cover crops. https://fwagsoutheast.co.uk/whats-on-news/

AND FINALLY…..WALKIES! Ideas for further farm diversification opportunities.  https://www.fginsight.com/news/dog-walking-diversifications-in-demand-as-farmers-look-to-replace-income-from-direct-payments-128525

Kent County Show - 8, 9 & 10 July

The Kent County Show is back

9am to 5pm daily
The Kent Showground, Detling ME14 3JF

Tickets currently available online at www.kcas.org.uk

Children go free.  Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

FARM WALK & EMSDEN TROPHY PRESENTATION 2022 - Hosted by CLA South East & sponsored by BTF Partnership

Thursday 14 July 2022

Farm walk, trophy presentation and networking.

Laurence J Betts Ltd, Church Farm, ME19 5NZ

Free to attend and for more information or to book call the CLA South East office on 01264 313434 or email southeast@cla.org.uk

Weald of Kent Ploughing Match - Saturday 17th September 2022

Gates open 9am to 5pm
New Barn Farm, New Barn Road, Hawkenbury, Kent, TN12 0ED

Come and enjoy ploughing, farmer’s market, trade stands, main arena displays, gymkhana, dog agility, clay shoot and much more.

Open to trade bookings now.

Tickets £7.50 in advance or on gate and under 12’s free. www.wkpma.co.uk

Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

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