13th May 2022


Rural Rap

FOREIGN WINEMAKERS ARE LOOKING TO CASH IN ON THE GROWING DEMAND FOR UK LABELS, reports the Times.  English winemakers, once the butt of jokes, are now churning out seriously good fizz, and some of the most famous names in European viticulture are falling over each other to find a way to join the gold rush.  Taittinger is creating a new winery and vineyard near Canterbury, and the Bolney Wine Estate has been bought by Henkell Freixenet.  According to the new Chief Executive of Chapel Down, these moves are just the tip of the iceberg.  One of the driving factors for the growing success is climate change – the temperate in Kent is only one degree cooler than the Champagne region.  English wine has 9,000 acres under vine, and 800 wineries.
Chapel Down puts fizz into English wine | Business | The Times

THE NUMBER OF FLYING INSECTS IN KENT HAS FALLEN BY OVER 70% SINCE 2004, reports the BBC.  The Bugs Matter project, led by Kent Wildlife Trust and Buglife, asked people to count the number of squashed insects on their car number plates.  It found a 71.5% fall in flying insect numbers compared to a similar survey by the RSPB in 2004, using the same methods.  579 insects were sampled over 389 journeys and a total of 9,130 miles.
Flying insects in Kent decline by more than 70%, study finds – BBC News

MACHINERY DEALER RW CRAWFORD HAS BOUGHT NEIGHBOURING DEALER AGWOOD, reports Farming UK.  From the summer, the three existing Agwood depots, including Swingfield and Linton in Kent, will continue operating under the Agwood trading name.  All team members will remain, ensuring continuity of service for their customers.  Ian Wood continues his involvement in a senior advisory role, and general manager Phil Bush has been appointed MF Dealer Principal for the Agwood sales territory.

A NEW GRANT WILL HELP OFFER AFFORDABLE HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION ALONG THE NORTH DOWNS WAY, reports Farming UK.  The new grant scheme, worth £60k, is being launched to help farming and rural businesses offer affordable accommodation along the North Downs Way.  The grant is being offered to businesses in the region who can offer low-cost and accessible places to stay along the North Downs Way.  The accommodation must be attractive to walkers, hikers and riders, or those looking for a more back to nature overnight stay.  Grants of between £3k and £30k will be available to relevant business who are on, or within 5km, of the North Downs Way by food or cycle.

UK FARM PROFITS ROSE 14.4% IN 2021, reports Farmers Weekly.  The increase is the third highest since 2000, but the figures come with a warning that input inflation is putting pressure on farm incomes this year.  The latest figures show an increase of £756m from 2020, taking the overall figure to a provisional £5.99bn.  This is not considered a surprise as the harvest was generally good in terms of yield, and beef, lamb and dairy prices were good.  The input cost increases mostly came at the back end of the year.  However, fruit saw the largest decrease in value at £123m, followed by potatoes with a decrease of £119m.  The 2022 figures are forecast to show a much less rosy figure – down to below £5bn.

FARMERS ARE PROTESTING OUTSIDE A SYNGENTA FACTORY OVER THE COMPANY’S EXPORTS OF A “DEADLY” PESTICIDE, reports Farming UK.  The Landworkers’ Alliance, which represents 1,700 ecological farmers and farm workers, held the protest outside Syngenta’s Huddersfield factory.  The group says that the UK government authorised the export of over 12,000 tonnes of Paraquat and others in 2020, which were banned for use in the UK in 2007.  The products are still legally manufactured in the UK.

Farming Fayre Sunday 5th June 2022 - Hosted by Canterbury Young Farmers Club

Tractor Display, Demonstrations, Food & Drink, Local Stalls & Crafts…and much much more!

Sunday 5th June
Broadlees Farm, Deal Road, Swingate CT15 5DL

For further questions, or if you would like to have a stand, contact farmingfayre@gmail.com

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.

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