Latest Mr Benn Stories

2008-08-07 09:00:29

ENVIRONMENT Secretary Hilary Benn visited the region for a tour of land stewardship schemes. Organised by Natural England, the tour was an opportunity for farmers and land managers in North Yorkshire to showcase the environmental benefits of moorland management schemes. Accompanied by Natural England chairman Sir Martin Doughty, Mr Benn visited the Grinton Estate grouse moor, in Swaledale, and Hazel Brow Farm, Reeth, where he received a Swaledale cheeses. After the tour, Mr Benn said:...

2008-07-19 00:00:31

The decision by Brussels to ban many pesticides could spell disaster for farmers. Chris Benfield reports. It doesn't have the catchiest of titles and had it not been for a little tweaking, the EC Directive 91/414 would have happily remained buried in piles of other legislation. Two years ago, bureaucrats in Brussels mentioned that the laws governing the use of pesticides needed a bit of a revamp, but no one took much notice, and before farmers had rallied themselves, the...

2008-07-09 18:00:22

By DYKES, Mervyn For a year now Ken Benn has been "stumbling along" in someone else's shoes. They haven't been a good fit - and he has found the experience both inspiring and humbling. It all began when The da Vinci Machines exhibition came to Te Manawa last year. The Palmerston North storyteller, actor and author was hired to play the part of the great Renaissance Man. He spent weekends leading tour parties around the exhibition talking about "his machines" in character. So...

2008-07-08 08:05:00

Britain's environmental secretary has confirmed the government will not be issuing licenses to cull cattle tuberculosis (TB). Hilary Benn made the remarks in a Commons statement, and acknowledged that although a broad-based cull might improve the situation, it could also worsen the problem. The details about the decision were made public in a BBC News report, which said Britain's National Farmers' Union (NFU) is seeking legal advice about the situation. The disease affected approximately...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.