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  • Doing porridge for a farm photo

    When I was on holiday in Florida a couple of years ago, I managed to convince my friends to pull our hire car over so I could stop off to take some photos of an orange grove. Not being farmer-types, they had a bit of a whinge about the delay. They couldn’t have cared less [...]
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Mar 9 2011
  • A possible hairy situation for the NFU

    Dear oh dear. I can’t image the NFU team are a bunch of happy bunnies at the moment. Having given DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman a telling off this week for not taking farming seriously enough, this morning it’s emerged government plans for a badger cull to tackle bovine TB are being delayed. The setback...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Fri, Feb 18 2011
  • The DEFRA love-in turns sour

    After the glamour of the Soil Association conference in Manchester last week, this week I’m at the NEC in Birmingham for the National Farmers Union’s annual meeting. With no general election on the immediate horizon, union president Peter Kendall in the hot seat for another year and a DEFRA...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Tue, Feb 15 2011
  • Reports of a tiff are greatly exaggerated

    Mark Twain, in the title there. Not sure it worked, but it’s made me feel a bit cultured. Poor old Andrew George though, eh? And I’m not just pitying him for this terrible photo we keep wheeling out on FWi: Having spent years helping the NFU thrash out arguments advocating a supermarket ombudsman...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Mon, Sep 27 2010
  • The age of austerity

    Mr News Editor, Mr Chief Reporter and I went into London on Tuesday to have lunch with DEFRA farm minister Jim Paice. We were meeting him ahead of his official announcement about the possibility of allowing farmers to cull badgers to help combat bovine tuberculosis. The idea was we’d get the low...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Sep 15 2010
  • Backing farming’s boffins

    I wrote a few articles last year about agricultural research in the UK. I was looking at funding sources, the decline in spend on R&D and the kinds of things research institutes in Britain are looking at. As I’m sure you’ve already guessed, I’m a bit of a geek, so I got very interested...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Sat, Jun 12 2010
  • Trouble already in DEFRA’s paradise…

    Oh dear, things aren’t looking so good for DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman – and she hasn’t even been in the job a week. There were rumblings of discontent at the weekend over possible conflicts of interest between Cazza’s new post and her links to food and bio-tech lobbying...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Tue, May 18 2010
  • Take your time, it’s only a deadline…

    It’s taken long enough, but we’ve finally got ourselves a new DEFRA secretary. Caroline Spelman was announced as the department’s head honcho at about 7pm last night. If I were paranoid, I’d say the politicians were timing their announcements just to wind us journos up. Gordy...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Thu, May 13 2010
  • How do badgers fair in a coalition?

    Who’da thunk we’d manage to drag the election out this long, eh? Even as someone who loves politics, I’m starting to feel a bit fatigued by the uncertainty of it all. Other political nuts are obviously getting over-tired and grizzly about the whole thing too – that’s the only excuse I can think of for...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Tue, May 11 2010
  • Just call me Miss Eccentricity

    So Gordon Brown’s the ‘worst Prime Minister ever’, according to Manish Sood, a prospective Labour MP from Norwich. If Mr Sood hadn’t realised before, he’s now learning that slating your prospective boss like that isn’t the way to make friends and get ahead. Yes, he...
    Posted to nufsaid (Weblog) by anonymous on Tue, May 4 2010
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