Food and Farming


Meurig Raymond named new President of NFU

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The National Farmers Union (NFU) held its conference in Birmingham this week, at which Meurig Raymond was named the newly elected President. We wish outgoing President Peter Kendall every success in the future and thank him for his high profile promotion and defence of our farming sector.  New NFU President Meurig Raymond farms 3,400 acres in…

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Appointment of Liz Truss as environment secretary

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Commenting on the announcement of Liz Truss as Secretary of State for the Environment, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Barney White-Spunner, said: “Owen Paterson has worked extremely hard as Secretary of State and has always had the interests of the countryside and rural communities clearly at heart, but the Alliance remains concerned that no…

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Secretary of State honours CAA Champions at Parliament

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The 10th annual Countryside Alliance Awards, aka The Rural Oscars, were held at Parliament on Wednesday 4th February, with Champion of Champions plaques being presented by the Environment Secretary Liz Truss MP to businesses in Suffolk, Shropshire, Dorset, Co Kildare and Berwickshire.  The Countryside Alliance Awards (aka the Rural Oscars) have celebrated their tenth anniversary…

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Working in coalition to combat fly grazing

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance has joined forces with several other major rural and animal welfare charities, including the RSPCA, the NFU and World Horse Welfare, to launch a landmark report into the horrors of fly-grazing ahead of a parliamentary committee discussion on the issue.  The six major charities and country’s largest rural organisations have released the report on…

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The results of the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Our colleagues at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) write: “Despite it being the wettest winter since records began in 1910 more than 500 farmers, managing nearly half-million acres of UK farmland, rose to the challenge of counting their farmland birds during the second week in February in the first Big Farmland Bird Count. …

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The results of the GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Our colleagues at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT) write: “Despite it being the wettest winter since records began in 1910 more than 500 farmers, managing nearly half-million acres of UK farmland, rose to the challenge of counting their farmland birds during the second week in February in the first Big Farmland Bird Count. …

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Alliance welcomes Elliott Review recommendations

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

The Countryside Alliance has welcomed the Government’s response to the recommendations of the Elliott Review, commissioned after the horsemeat scandal, which will institute a Food Crime Unit to increase consumer confidence in food. We are interested to see how the recommendations work in practice and are using our own Rural Manifesto, to be launched before…

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