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  • 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
  • Caroline Spelman at The Three Counties Show

    Impressed that Ms Spelman made the effort to go to the Three Counties Show to announce protected status for Gloucestershire Old Spots. Not sure if Mr Benn knew what an Old Spot was. She also promised to make DEFRA more customer friendly. Shouldn't be difficult!
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by hareley farmer on Fri, Jun 18 2010
  • DEFRA launches campaign supporting fox hunting ban

    <!--[endif]--> DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn is launching a campaign to support the fox hunting ban amid claims a Conservative government would repeal the Hunting Act. Mr Benn is calling for people to add their names to a website in a bid to raise awareness about Conservative plans to scrap the ban...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by caroline stocks on Sat, Dec 26 2009
  • Shouting about Britain's top farmers

    There's less than 36 hours to go before the 5th Farmers Weekly Awards get underway in the Great Room, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London. This year, we have 1200 guests, 45 farmer finalists, 15 sponsored categories and, for the first time, the Secretary of State Hilary Benn and DEFRA minister Jim...
    Posted to Jane King's blog (Weblog) by Jane King on Wed, Oct 7 2009
  • Assessing Hilary Benn's Call for UK Farming to Produce Alot More

    Excited by Hilary Benn’s call last week for farmers to safeguard food security by “producing a lot more”, and keen to understand what we are all supposed to do, I read the back up papers issued by Defra. Nothing in those papers looks radical enough to provide a step change in output. And its clear that...
    Posted to Land Strategies Blog (Weblog) by anonymous on Wed, Aug 19 2009
  • Benn in Telegraph

    I see he wasn't as white as white or as good at hiding it as it seemed as I see he is in the Telegraph today after using taxpayers money to pay for his accountant to go over his personal accounts to see how much tax he owed and how much he could get away with paying.
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by sjk on Mon, May 25 2009
  • Are you ready to do some badger vaccinations?

    Farmers will be asked to help catch and inject badgers as DEFRA steps up its fight against bovine tuberculosis. DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn told Farmers Weekly that the success of a government project to test an injectable vaccine rested with farmers. Mr Benn announced that six areas of up to 100sq km...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by Isabel Davies on Thu, Mar 19 2009
  • A rural blockbuster

    A colleague of mine was at a British Cattle Breeders conference last night and had an interesting discussion. Which one person in farming, so someone asked, would be most likely to be able to write a bestseller. Jonathan (FW's Livestock editor) reckons Margaret Beckett - because if she could throw...
    Posted to Off-topic (Forum) by Tim.Relf on Wed, Jan 21 2009
  • Could the Heathrow 3rd runway announcement mean Benn moves on?

    Cast your mind back to mid-December when DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn told the Sunday Times that Heathrow’s controversial expansion plans should be rejected unless noise and air pollution are dramatically cut. Well, the government has announced today that it has given the go-ahead to the plans. So where...
    Posted to Talking Point (Forum) by Isabel Davies on Thu, Jan 15 2009
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