General News

General News

Carlisle: drop-in center for SPS 2013 applications

From 25 March to 15 May the RPA  drop-in center will be open from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday at Eden Bridge House, Lowther Street, Carlisle, CA3 8DX. Telephone: 07826 860760

You can take your paper SPS application forms and get a basic check.

RPA Customer Director Justin Chamberlain said: “At our drop-in centres this year we will be happy to help applicants make the move online for SPS 2014, so that they can join the 42,000 people who already benefit from making their claims electronically.”

Commons Council - Cumbria Farmer Article April 2013

The April Edition of the Cumbria Farmer published an article about the thinking behind setting up a Commons Council for Cumbria and why the Federation of Cumbria Commoners is working with Defra and Natural England to set up a single management system for commons.

Below is the text of the article - you can also download the published article

Bracken Control Newsletter April 2013

The Label and Notice of Authorisation will not be available until the Emergency Authorisation comes into effect on 20 May. 

For more details about the Asulam Emergency Authorisation see http://e2.ma/click/5dfre/pdgjrb/tc6peb

 

 

AgriChatUK - "What future for Upland farms?" discussion 21/03/13

The aim of AgriChatUK is to give everyone involved in agriculture a place to share ideas, discuss pressing rural issues, debate hot topics and connect with people in the industry who may not otherwisebe easily accessible.

It is a weekly 2 hour Q&A discussion session held every Thursday evening between 8-10pm on Twitter.

Tim Farron calls to back British hill farmers by cutting modulation levy

Tim Farron has called on the government to do more to help hill farmers by slashing the modulation levy, which is the amount that the government takes off single farm payments. Tim would like to see a greater recognition of the role that upland farmers play in protecting our towns from flooding, maintaining access to the fells for walkers, developing and protecting our landscape and biodiversity and of course producing the highest quality beef and lamb.

Federation response to Defra EU review of LFAs

The Federation has sent its response to the Defra consultation on EU review of Less Favoured Areas.

We’ve asked our members to look at the new maps and see if it will affect them and it doesn’t as all the common land remains within the new classification called Areas if Natural Constraint.

There still is time to be one of the first commons to join the Commons Council

Does your commoners association want to join a Cumbria Commons Council?

Recently we have sent letters to the Chairmen/ Secretaries of commoners associations who have not yet made a commitment to be part of a Commons Council. We want to encourage them to take part. You can download and read a copy of the letter by clicking below.

Asulam granted 120 day authorisation from 20th May

Asulam, traded as Asulox, will be available for bracken control in 2013 under Emergency Authorisation. This has been confirmed by the Chemical Regulatory Directorate and has this week been signed off by Ministers.

The 120 day authorisation period to use Asulam will start on the 20th May and last until the 16th September.  All stocks must be used according to the label and must be used, destroyed or returned to the manufacturer by 31st October 2013.  

NFU report: Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands

Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands

Keeping livestock on the hills is the key to maintaining the character of areas like the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and Dartmoor, the NFU said this week.  

A new report, ‘Farming Delivers for the Hills and Uplands’ was launched at the NFU highlights how sheep and cattle have for hundreds of years shaped some of the country’s most iconic landscapes and communities. It also illustrates how producers continue to deliver high quality British beef and lamb in these areas.  

Go-ahead for next steps to create a Cumbria Commons Council

The Federation has got funding to take the commons council forward

Many of you will know that this has been a long road with slow progress at times but we now have Defra support and a fresh momentum for taking things to the next stage – and we need your help to create a Commons Council for Cumbria.

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