Food and Farming

BBC Radio 4 will not have to broadcast religious services or cover arts, farming and science under new Ofcom guidelines

| Food and Farming, Latest News

The Telegraph has reported: “BBC Radio 4 will no longer be required to broadcast religious services, science shows or arts programming under plans drawn up by the new regulator Ofcom, The Telegraph has learnt. After being petitioned by the BBC to reduce the number of rules designed to ensure it meets public service obligations, Ofcom…

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2017 “Rural Oscars” will open to nominations in September

| Communities and Business, Countryside Alliance Awards, Countryside Alliance Wales, Food and Farming, Latest News

The 2017 Countryside Alliance Awards, nicknamed the “Rural Oscars”, will open to public nominations in September. The 13th annual awards will once again give farmers, butchers, village shops and small businesses a platform from which to tell their stories, and they will need the support of their customers to help propel them to the top…

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Advertising watchdog deems dairy inhumane

| Food and Farming, Our Blog

Countryside Alliance Chief Executive Tim Bonner writes: At the Dorset Countryside Alliance point-to-point last February I was harangued by an irate dairy farmer waving a copy of the Sunday Telegraph which included a full page advert from a vegan group campaigning against the consumption of milk and dairy products. Whilst the Alliance does not have control…

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Countryside Alliance highlights need for new agricultural workers scheme

| Campaigns, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming

Please find below a briefing note ahead of the Westminster Hall Debate on “Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme” (Neil Parish MP, Con, Tiverton and Honiton) on Thursday 6 July, 3:00pm. Download briefing Access to the EU labour market is vital for many farmers and producers and helps support the wider food supply chain. However, there is…

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Defra Ministers – responsibilities and contact details

| Consultation and Lobbying, Fishing, Food and Farming, Hunting, Latest News, Shooting and Conservation

Following the General Election, the team at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, led by Secretary of State Michael Gove, is as follows. We outline the Secretary of State and his team’s responsibilities and bring you the relevant email addresses (and Twitter handles). The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP Secretary of State • oversight…

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Remembering Clarissa at 70

| Countryside Alliance Wales, Fishing, Food and Farming, Hunting, Shooting, Shooting and Conservation, Uncategorised

Saturday 24th March would have been the 70th birthday of Clarissa Dickson Wright, one half of the popular cooking duo Two Fat Ladies (the other half being the late Jennifer Paterson) and dynamic, outspoken cook, rural champion and passionate defender of our way of life. Her untimely death in March 2015 meant she never saw…

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Help shape a new agenda for the countryside

| Communities and Business, Consultation and Lobbying, Food and Farming, Latest News, Mobile and Broadband, Shooting and Conservation

The Countryside Alliance is supporting the Rural England CIC (of which we are a stakeholder), the Rural Services Network and the University of Gloucestershire in shaping a new rural agenda. As the dust settles on the election Rural England are keen to find out the key issues that matter to people in rural areas. So…

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