10th June 2022


Rural Rap

Seasonal Labour shortages causing ongoing issues for local growers
Europe’s only Jewish farm located in Kent faces closure 

Government announces £30m funding from the Farming Investment Fund

News from Cereals 2022 including don’t panic buy fertiliser

UK FOOD CHAIN SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENTS DISCONNECTED AT FARM LEVEL. Research says the UK food chain’s sustainability commitments are ambitious but disconnected at farm level. farminguk.com/news/food-chain-sustainability-commitments-disconnected-at-farm-level-_60541.html

FARMING COMMUNITY NETWORK LAUNCHES NEW BOOKLET FOR RURAL CARERS. A new booklet has been developed to help farming carers and people in rural communities support those with memory loss. fcn.org.uk/blog/2022/06/06/new-booklet-to-support-dementia-carers-in-rural-communities/

CALLS TO BAN SKY LANTERNS. Petition launched last month gains momentum. countryside-alliance.org/news/2022/6/calls-to-ban-devastating-sky-lanterns-continue

BRITISH SUMMER FRUITS REBRAND. British Summer Fruits, the industry body that represents UK soft fruit growers, is relaunching and rebranding to become British Berry Growers. farminguk.com/news/british-summer-fruits-changes-name-and-unveils-priority-areas_60539.html

FEWER DAIRY FARMERS LEAVE INDUSTRY DESPITE CHALLENGES. Fewer dairy farmers are leaving the industry despite ongoing challenges, new data from AHDB has found. fginsight.com/news/fewer-dairy-farmers-exiting-the-industry-despite-ongoing-challenges-128402

NUTRIENT NEUTRALITY PODCAST. CLA podcast episode covers the issue of nutrient neutrality, which affects protected nature conservation sites that are at risk of pollution by nitrates or phosphates. cla.org.uk/news/nutrient-neutrality-what-is-the-impact-on-development/

KENT SOLAR – Case study of a Kent estate, its move into solar and other renewable energy solutions. cla.org.uk/news/powering-the-future/

AD WATCHDOG BANS DISTASTEFUL VEGAN TV ADVERT. Vegan Friendly UK has had its advertisement campaign banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after the public complained they were too graphic. farminguk.com/news/ad-watchdog-bans-distasteful-vegan-tv-advert_60534.html

AND FINALLY…..FATHER’S DAY SUNDAY 19th JUNE 2022 – WHAT TO BUY? Produced in Kent have compiled a list of rural and tasty presents for Dad’s of all ages to enjoy. producedinkent.co.uk/fathers-day-gift-guide

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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