General News

General News

Farmers should be rewarded for ecosystems services delivery

Farmers and land managers should be appropriately rewarded for the work they do in maintaining and enhancing the supply of ecosystems services from the UK countryside is one of the recommendations from CRE Policy Brief 3 "What do ecosystems services offer the UK rural economy?" Centre for Rural Economy, University of Newcastle.

What are ecosystems services?

Ecosystem services include the essential natural services provided by the land, including:

Some good new for upland farmers

RDPE Transition - Environmental Stewardship

The current Rural Development Programme (RDP) is due to finish at the end of this year, but the next RDP will not start until 2015.  Pending agreement on the legal basis and rural development budgets, Defra are planning to offer £30 million to spend on Environmental Stewardship in 2014, which is very welcome news for hill farmers in the Lake District and other upland

The bulk of this (£26 million) will be spent on top priority Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreements, to be targeted at:

United Utilities draft Water Resources Management Plan

You may wish to comment on United Utilities (UU) draft Water Resources Plan (WRMP) before the Consultation period closes on 6th August. The plan sets out how – for the 25 year period between 2015 – 20140 - UU intends to provide enough quality water to meet customer needs at an affordable price without damaging the environment.

Update of CAP negotiations

Taken from NSA Members’ Update 28th June 2013

Political agreement was finally reached on the future CAP after The Commission, The Council, and the EU Parliament came to an agreement this Wednesday the 26th June.  The deal is yet to be formally approved by Council and EU Parliament and there are still some outstanding issues to be dealt with, in particular the moving of funds between Pillar 1 and 2, rates of member state co-financing and the question of capping large payments.

New Coalition to campaign for High Nature Value Farming

The Federation of Cumbria Commoners is a member of a coalition of 18 organisations that have written to Owen Paterson MP - the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and also to the agriculture ministers in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland - warning them of the impending crisis facing wildlife, landscape and communities in so-called High Nature Value (HNV) farming areas.

Progress on Natural England's Uplands Delivery Review

Natural England has been undertaking a review of Uplands evidence and have published their findings

This is the first of Natural England’s evidence reviews and it addresses 5 topics which were identified with stakeholder input.  It reflects on areas of advice that are subject to challenge and looks at what could make a difference on the ground.

The publication includes the methodology and the assurance process as well as the five topic reviews.

English sheep farmers SEVERE WEATHER PAYMENTS

Defra has made up to £250,000 available to subsidise the cost of collecting and rendering sheep that died in the severe late March snowfall. This will help farmers who suffered heavier losses than normal due to the exceptional weather, to cover these unexpected costs.

The National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) will administer the scheme, but farmers do not need to be members already or have used a member collector in order to apply for the subsidy.

Report on the work of Farmer Networks - showcasing the Cumbria Farmer Network

This report  was commissioned by the Royal Agricultural Society of England. Its purpose was to understand how existing Farmer Networks operate, consider the value of Farmer Networks and positive change the bring to farmers. The Cumbria Farmer Network Ltd is one of the five case studies - it's mission is to "Inform, Educate and Support those involved iwth farming".

Read British Farmer & Grower article about the Federation and commons

The April 2013 edition of the British Farmer and Grower has an article about the work of the Federation of Cumbria Commoners, the origins of common land and how they are used today.  You can download and read the article here.

Cumbria Farm Watch: Summer Safety

A message from Cumbria Farm Watch Information sent on behalf of Fire & Rescue Service

As summer approaches, Cumbria Fire & Rescue Service would like to make sure that residents and visitors have a safe and enjoyable time when taking advantage of our beautiful county.  

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