7th July 2023


Rural Rap


The world’s biggest hop specialist firm – which has a base in Kent – has launched a campaign encouraging the industry to unite to combat the challenges it faces.

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Kent Police joined forces from all over the country as well as partner agencies at Westminster on Monday 3 July 2023 to raise awareness of anti-social behaviour.

The Force has produced guidance on a safer summer and how to spot and report anti-social behaviour.

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Dog owner ordered to pay thousands in compensation after sheep attack

Dog owners are reminded of the importance of keeping their pets under control after a court awarded compensation to a sheep farmer totalling thousands of pounds.
The financial penalty was made after a Kent Police investigation into two linked incidents near Maidstone last year, which led to the death of livestock.

Giant stone artefacts found on rare Ice Age site in Kent

Researchers in Kent have unearthed some of the largest early prehistoric stone tools ever found in Britain.

Excavations revealed artefacts in deep Ice Age sediments preserved on a hillside above the Medway Valley.

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Survey suggests almost a fifth of all waste is illegally managed

The fight against waste crime continues apace after the National Waste Crime Survey 2023 found nearly a fifth of all the waste produced in England ends up in the hands of criminals.

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£5 million competition set to scale up agricultural innovation

Small and medium sized farming businesses can soon apply for a share of £5 million in grant funding to scale up innovation in the agriculture sector to increase sustainable food production, drive progress to net-zero, improve farm resilience and support nature recovery.

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AHDB extends this year’s planting and variety survey for entries

AHDB’s planting and variety survey, which provides the earliest view of the planted area for the upcoming harvest in the UK, has been extended for entries.

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UK’s livestock sector must speed up innovation to hit net zero, report says 

The UK’s livestock sector must accelerate innovation in order to deliver its net zero goals by 2050, according to a new report.

For the goal of a 64% reduction in carbon dioxide equivalent emissions, current technology and practices could only deliver a 24% reduction at high rates of uptake, the report warns.

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New Code of Practice of AI farm machinery as uptake increases

A new Code of Practice for autonomous vehicles in agriculture and horticulture has been published, offering guidance for those using AI machines for farming operations.

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Improving soil could keep world within 1.5C heating target, research suggests

Marginal improvements to agricultural soils around the world would store enough carbon to keep the world within 1.5C of global heating, new research suggests.

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Total income from farming in England up 13% last year

The total income from farming (TIFF) in England in 2022 was £5.7 billion, a 12.9% increase from 2021.

This is the highest TIFF in the past six years for England. The second-highest TIFF was in 2021 at £5 billion, and the lowest over the past six years was in 2018 at £3.2 billion.

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British Strawberrries are reported to run short during Wimbledon fortnight

The UK is facing a significant shortage of British strawberries during the peak sales period of Wimbledon fortnight following unseasonably hot weather in June.

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DWP launches new Midlife MOT website

A new online Midlife MOT has been launched to help older workers with financial planning, health guidance, and to assess what their skills mean for their careers and futures.

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Tender for a new Farm Business Tenancy 

An arable/pasture farm with a thriving livery business, all to be let on a Farm Business Tenancy for a term of 21 years. Situated in a rural yet accessible location on the outskirts of the London Borough of Bromley. Extending in total to approximately 479 acres.

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Landowner Officer role

Making space for Nature Landowner Officer role now available with Kent County Council – details on the role and how to apply.

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Kent County Show - 7th, 8th & 9th July 2023

Kent County Showground, Detling ME14 3JF

The Kent Farming Conference is organised by the Kent County Agricultural Society.

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Kent Wildlife Trust Dover Downlands Project Dung Beetle Workshops

Dover area aimed at Landowners/ Farmers/ Vets/ Equestrians, etc.

13th July– Minismoor Stables, near Dover
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14th July- Broadlees Farm, Dover
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15th July – Great Watersend Farm, Temple Ewell
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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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