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Pond Restoration Research survey

Pond Restoration Research survey

Do you have any ponds on your farm? If so then the Pond Restoration Research Group (based in the Deprtament of Geography at UCL) are keen to find out your views on farm ponds, their value as a habitat and restoring them. They are inviting farmers and...

Trial to improve Red Tractor assessments

Trial to improve Red Tractor assessments

Red Tractor is looking for 40-50 volunteers to trial an online portal to help make the farm assurance assessment process more efficient.  The system allows farmers to upload their documents prior to their assessment.  The benefits...

The future for 'green' farming after ELS

The future for 'green' farming after ELS

Farmers’ concerns about to do when their Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) agreements come to an end prompted almost forty of them to attend a farm walk at Ivegill recently.  The walk was organised by the Cumbria co-ordinator for Campaign for the...

TB Breakdown information now available online

TB Breakdown information now available online

Defra have now made TB information available online which will allow all farmers to be better informed of bTB risks in their area.   Information bTB (ibTB) is an interactive tool mapping bovine tuberculosis (bTB) outbreaks in England over the...

Wanted - ponds for growing carp

Wanted - ponds for growing carp

Brooms Cross Fishery, Thornton, Liverpool are looking for existing stock ponds for the on-growing of carp.  They are looking for ponds of at least 1 acre in size and a depth of 5 feet for which they are willing to pay an annual rent.  They...

A call to action for our pollinators

A call to action for our pollinators

Pollinator Awareness Week takes place from 13th-19th July to bring attention to the essential needs of pollinators and the simple actions that we can all take to help pollinators survive and thrive. Insect pollinators matter. Through pollinating wild...

Going back to our roots with soils

Going back to our roots with soils

Soils – back to basics   Although we expected better weather for the first Lancashire Farmer Network summer farm walk this year 17 of our hard-core members turned up to Westhead Farm at Lathom to hear Neville Pearson talking about soil...

Handy BPS checklist to get your claim right

Handy BPS checklist to get your claim right

The RPA has produced a useful checklist of the things you need to do when completing your BPS Application this year.   As well as ensuring your bank details are accurate, the checklist also prompts you to ensure you have given correct...

Food project calls for applications

Food project calls for applications

SMALL-SCALE food producers are being invited to take part in a new rural initiative.   The Growing Livelihoods is looking to support five new groups taking an innovation and co-operation approach to creating viable livelihoods in...

Broad-leaved weed UK survey - extended

Broad-leaved weed UK survey - extended

Currently, the true extent of broad-leaved weed resistance in the UK is unknown.  The objective of this short survey (5 minutes to complete) for farmers and advisors is to collate data to enable the quantification and distribution of UK broad-leaved...

RPA Support Centres in the Northwest

RPA Support Centres in the Northwest

RPA have set up 50 support centres across England to help you get online to register for rural payments. You can drop into one of the support centres to: hand in your Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) form, RLE1 forms and accompanying documents and...

Updated spring nitrogen advice from ADAS

Updated spring nitrogen advice from ADAS

ADAS have brought together data on excess winter rainfall and topical information to help farmers make correct nitrogen decisions this season. Summary Excess winter rainfall (EWR) data (up to 25th March 2015) indicates that the majority of the...