4th August 2023


Rural Rap


Rural theft in Kent is among the highest in the country, costing farmers almost £2 million last year alone.
New figures have revealed farms across the county have been hit harder than ever in recent years, with the cost of crime rising by more than a third since 2021.

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Kent Wildlife Trust will be delivering one of Six new projects funded by the Co-Op Carbon Innovation Fund. The project worth £100k we be delivered over 2 years in partnership with Bockhanger Farms Ltd and Reading university.

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Post-Brexit border checks delayed once more

Post-Brexit border controls on plant and animal products arriving in the UK from the EU have been delayed once again due to concerns that added bureaucracy will further fuel inflation.

It is the fifth time that checks on fresh produce entering from the EU have been delayed. The news, first reported by the Financial Times, is likely to be met with opposition from UK food producers.

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Illegal fishing on the rise with anglers fined in Canterbury, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells

Fishing enforcement patrols are being stepped up after a rise in illegal anglers in Kent.
In the last six months, the Environment Agency has issued more than 360 offence report forms to illegal anglers – 40 more than by this time last year.

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£14 million to unlock agricultural innovation

More than £14 million is to be made available to unlock innovation and develop solutions in the farming sector in two new research and feasibility competitions under the Farming Innovation Programme, Defra has announced this week.

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Deadline looms for final Mid Tier CS applications

The application deadline for the last Mid-Tier Countryside Stewardship and Wildlife Offers in their current form is Friday 18 August 2023, farmers in England are being reminded.

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Defra pushes back food waste reporting mandate

Compulsory food waste reporting will not be required of large UK food and drink companies until 2026 at the earliest, Government announces.

Despite first promising a mandate in 2018, it won’t be until 2026 at the earliest that large food and drink businesses are required to report their food waste figures.

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Will supermarket prices go down? Food inflation slows, but prices won’t all go down overnight

Food price inflation has slowed to its lowest level this year as the price of some staple foods decreases, but supermarket costs are still sky-high.

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EU apple and pear output to contract in 2023 

European Union apple production is set to decrease by 3.3 per cent in 2023 compared to last year to 11.410m tonnes. This puts the crop in line with the average of the previous three years (+0.3 per cent).

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How to get involved with 24 hours in Farming 

24 Hours in Farming, sponsored by Morrisons, is the perfect chance to celebrate British farming and everything that goes on within it.

All you need to do is head over the Farmers Guardian social media channels and take a look at the hive of activity that is going on.

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Pig stolen from Curley’s Farm charity near Elmley on Sheppey

A pig stolen from a children’s farming charity could be sold and killed for meat its owners fear.
The spotty boar was taken from its pen at one of Curly’s Farm’s sites near Elmley on the Isle of Sheppey on Tuesday night.

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Biddenden Tractor Fest 2023

Biddenden Tractor Fest Holden Farm, Sissinghurst Road, Biddenden, Kent TN27 8EZ.  what3words ///sizes.mopped.dabbling

19th & 20th August 2023

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Weald of Kent Ploughing Match - Saturday 16th September 2023

We look forward to welcoming you all to the Weald of Kent Ploughing Match at

Reed Court Farm, Hunton Road, Chainhurst, Tonbridge, Kent, TN12 9SX
by kind permission of Fridays Ltd and sponsored by BTF Partnership.
Gates open 8am.

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2023 CLA Rural Business Conference- Thursday 30 November 2023

This year’s CLA Rural Business Conference ‘Competing visions: the future of land’ will help those who own or manage rural land to make sense of the vital role of land in an increasingly political and polarising landscape.

Taking place at the QEII Centre in central London, our flagship event will allow landowners and land managers to explore the complex relationship between themselves, consumers, corporations, governments, environmentalists and political campaigners.

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