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Immersive workshop aims to future-proof farm retail

Entrepreneurial farmers have the chance to meet their peers and discuss the future for farm retail with specialist consultants at a two-day workshop from 5-6 March called ‘The Gathering’. Co-hosted by Australian retail guru John Stanley and farm diversification expert Michael Mack of Savills, the event will be held in Norwich and will examine the…

Celebrating cider

January is a time for celebration in the cider orchards of Great Britain and this week that celebration moved to Westminster. The All Party Parliamentary Cider Group (APPCG) and The National Association of Cider Makers (NACM) reception was well attended, with over 150 guests from across all the political parties and the drinks trade, gathering…

Stable income in uncertain times

Farmers looking to hedge the uncertainty of Brexit are being invited to consider growing miscanthus, an energy crop that offers a long-term, stable income, as well as helping the environment. Miscanthus is a hardy perennial crop that’s harvested annually and has the potential to give the farmer a return of over £900 per hectare from…

Bath & West Society launches new food and drink award

To celebrate the official opening of the Bath & West Society’s new Rural Enterprise Centre in January, the Society has teamed up with one of the region’s leading drinks brands, Thatchers Cider, to introduce a new award to up-and-coming food and drink producers. The award will offer one regional food or drink producer at the…

Celebrate Christmas with Green Tourism!

Green Tourism, a certification scheme offering trustworthy and independent guidance to tourism businesses wishing to operate sustainably, is helping everyone get into the Christmas spirit with a Green Advent Giveaway featuring 24 amazing prizes from their award holders. There’s a new chance to enter every day of the festive season in order to win that day’s…

Ensure you’re compliant this Christmas

It’s that time of the year again when farms and estates may gain some extra income either from staging events themselves, or from making land or buildings available for other operators. Examples of activities that farmers and landowners embrace at this time of year include letting land for winter wonderland type seasonal attractions, staging a…

Soil Association launches online Christmas marketplace

Soil Association Certification is supporting organic farmers and growers and brands this Christmas with their online Organic Collective Christmas marketplace. Featuring organic products including turkeys, veg boxes and other Christmas essentials, the Soil Association is bringing the world of organic to one place, providing organic producers with a dedicated showcase for their products or farm…

Can farmers survive without subsidy?

Under the Common Agricultural Policy, UK farmers receive £3.2billion annually and the government has promised to keep overall payments the same until 2022. But what will financial support look like after this? Will farmers have to ‘earn’ their subsidy with good environmental practice, in Michael Gove’s vision for a ‘green Brexit’? Or should support be…

Rural Business Awards winners announced

The winners of the Rural Business Awards were announced at a  glittering ceremony on 5 October compered by Jules Hudson of BBC Escape to the Country fame. Champion of Champions & Best Rural Tourism Business went to Hoe Grange Holidays, based in Matlock, Derbyshire, and a variety of other businesses were recognised including Divoky Riding…

Em-barking on a staycation

So-called ‘staycations’ – holidays booked by Brits in the UK as opposed to abroad – are on the increase. And not just in the summer season – but autumn/winter also. Searches and bookings for UK-based holidays have increased by almost a quarter in 2017 compared with last year, according to Sojern, a travel marketing company….

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