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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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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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Barney explains the worth of our Rural Oscars

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Yesterday saw rural businesses from as far afield as the Orkneys, County Antrim and Anglesey descend on London for one of the biggest rural events in the Parliamentary calendar – the Rural Oscars UK reception. Despite the tube strike the event brought over 250 people together on the sun-soaked terrace at the House of Lords…

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Bunnies, potatoes and food education

| Campaigns, Food and Farming

Countryside Alliance Executive Chairman Barney White-Spunner writes: A humble bunny hit the headlines this week when bestselling author Jeanette Winterson posted a photo on social media (pictured left) of a dead rabbit with the caption “Rabbit ate my parsley. I am eating the rabbit.” The tweet saw plenty of support for Ms Winterson’s actions, and…

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