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2012-01-26 13:47:02

According to the first U.K. climate impact report, climate change poses both risks and opportunities to Britain by 2080. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs' 2,000-page report says that flooding, heat waves and water shortages could become more likely this century. The research was carried out over the past three years and involved studying the possible impacts in 11 key areas, including agriculture, flooding and transport. Authors of the study said that there are...

2008-10-10 00:00:00

By Matt Chorley London Editor Progress in opening up the coastline to walkers will be reviewed after just a year to gauge the level of resistance to the plans. Ministers have bowed to pressure from MPs to ensure Natural England carries out a study into the "lessons learned" from the contentious proposal to create a single path around England's coastline. Westcountry campaigners fear the plan could impact on the livelihood of homeowners and businesses, including campsites and hotels....

2008-10-08 18:00:23

By Sam Wood THE National Farmers Union has secured pounds 2m of vital interim funding to help set up a low cost system for the collection and disposal of adult cattle that have died or been killed on farm. The new cash comes just days after Defra said that from next year it will stop the free collection and disposal service for adult cattle over 24 months which have died on farm. The funding, which was secured following extensive lobbying of Defra ministers by the NFU, will be...

2008-09-22 06:00:11

The GenSight Group, a leading provider of PPM solutions, has provided a custom configured project portfolio management system to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Defra is using the GenSight Enterprise Portfolio Management software to help to manage the prioritization of a diverse portfolio of projects and activities including flood management, fuel poverty and environmental initiatives, which can run from a few months to many years. The GenSight...

2008-09-21 03:00:17

By Abbott, Jez The Forestry Commission has confirmed that scientists want to plant genetically modified trees on its land in a project that is likely to spark protests. The commission said the University of Southampton was keen to look into biofuels, arguing it was time to "move the debate forward". But the last time a group of scientists tried to plant trees in this country - in Bracknell, Berkshire, nine years ago - activists destroyed more than 100 specimens. The Southampton team...

2008-09-12 18:15:00

By Tom Scotney Farmers in the West Midlands had to go to the Government for help recovering from the floods that hit the region, it has emerged. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs had to abandon regulations on working in wet fields so farmers could go out to harvest wheat crops devastated by the heavy rainfall. Wheat and potato crops were damaged by the rain - more than double the amount that normally falls at that time of year, according to the Met Office. And it also...

2008-09-09 18:00:00

By Sam Wood BEEF farmers have launched an attack on Government plans to have the industry fund its Animal Health Control Programme. The National Beef Association (NBA) say Defra's contentious plans to fund its new plans for animal health control in England through a headage tax on farm stock are wrong. It describes a plan for a new levy as a lazy way of raising revenue and wants Defra to find the money by reducing the cost of the programmes. NBA director Kim Haywood said: "Instead...

2008-08-14 18:00:23

A NORTH MP has called for Defra to give farmers a fair deal, after the department announced its proposal to hold an informal consultation for the new Uplands Entry Level Stewardship scheme. The ELS is set to replace the Hill Farmers Allowance - which provides farmers with compensation - with a new system designed to reward hill farmers for the environmental and landscape benefits they deliver. The chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Hill Farming, Tim Farron MP for...


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