Michael Gove to attend the Oxford Real Farming Conference

In January I'll be heading to the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the Oxford Farming Conference. For the first time I'll be bringing you Meet the Farmers podcast episodes from both conferences, which I am very excited for. It's going to be a logistical challenge working out in which venue to be at which time … Continue reading Michael Gove to attend the Oxford Real Farming Conference

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Woodland Trust event calls for farmers to respond to Defra Command Paper

Last week I attended an event organised by the Woodland Trust and hosted by Stephen Briggs at his farm in Cambridgeshire. The aim of the afternoon was partly to introduce farmers to the potential for using agroforestry on their farms, partly to discuss the Defra 'Health and Harmony' consultation document and partly to encourage delegates … Continue reading Woodland Trust event calls for farmers to respond to Defra Command Paper

‘Health, Beauty and Permanence’ – Reflections on Michael Gove’s NFU Conference speech

I haven't made it to the NFU Conference this year, but thanks to the wonders of youtube I was at least able to catch outgoing NFU President Meurig Raymond's speech and Defra Secretary Michael Gove's speech (thanks @NFUtube!). You can of course read the full speech from the Secretary of State here. Here is a brief … Continue reading ‘Health, Beauty and Permanence’ – Reflections on Michael Gove’s NFU Conference speech

The long awaited 25 Year Environment Plan

I've been stuck indoors today, struck down by flu yesterday. There are a lot of things going around at the moment, and I was being optimistic and hoping that I wouldn't catch anything this winter. Oh well! Hopefully I'm now over the worst of it but you never really can tell with these things. It … Continue reading The long awaited 25 Year Environment Plan

Giving Gove a Chance…perhaps

N.b This article was originally published on countrysquire.co.uk It was certainly a shock to see Michael Gove reinstated to the Cabinet, especially in his new role leading Defra. Rarely does the department receive such a ‘big hitter’, usually being seen (frustratingly) as a relative backwater from which lower profile ministers can rise through the political … Continue reading Giving Gove a Chance…perhaps

Secretary of State questioned over future of the environment after Brexit

Brexit has shaken up all government departments, but arguably none will be more heavily affected than Defra, which is directly impacted on by 25% of EU legislation. The worlds of food, farming and the environment are, quite rightly, heavily regulated but Brexit has the potential to shake up the situation and create a different legislative climate … Continue reading Secretary of State questioned over future of the environment after Brexit

Who is Labour’s Rachael Maskell?

Now, as readers of this blog I would like to think that you are all fairly politically and environmentally aware and would therefore recognise the name Rachael Maskell. Yes? No? Well, if you do you are probably doing a lot better than most people. Certainly, I had not heard of her before Jeremy Corbyn appointed … Continue reading Who is Labour’s Rachael Maskell?

Leadsom takes over at Defra

As predicted, it's all change at Defra as former Conservative leadership hopeful Andrea Leadsom takes the helm from Liz Truss, who has moved to Justice. Social media was full of opinion yesterday afternoon as the news spread and I must admit that I took part in the debate along with thousands of others. Some 'tweeters' pointed … Continue reading Leadsom takes over at Defra