Tag Archives: British Farming

DEFRA budget cut by 33% in Spending Review

DEFRA, The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is to have its budget cut by up to 33% in the Comprehensive Spending Review:

Defra will reprioritise its spending, focusing tax payer’s money on British farming and food production; enhancing the environment and biodiversity; and supporting a green economy resilient to climate change.

The Department will manage its reductions by:

Maximising the use of matched European funding for the Rural Development Programme for England, enabling a £66m reduction in domestic contributions. This will allow environmental stewardship schemes to remain open to all farmers. Defra will prioritise schemes that will be most beneficial to the environment, increasing the  Higher Level Stewardship Scheme by 80%.

Here is the summary of the comprehensive spending review as applied to DEFRA

Charity Christmas Cards – support British Farmers in need

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution 2010 Christmas cards available are now – we love the kids colouring in ones!!!

Buy them here (opens RABI order form)

About RABI:

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a grant-making charity that supports members of the farming community facing need, hardship or distress.

We were founded in 1860 and have an unbroken history of providing long-term care
and emergency help. The help is provided for retired farmers, farm workers and working farmers and their families who find themselves in financial difficulties. In 2010 RABI is very proud to be celebrating its 150th anniversary.

It’s British Food Fortnight!

Celebrate the best of British Food and Produce – here are some top tips to help you discover the diverse and delicious range! Click here

Here at Agratech Towers, we were well impressed with the Tomato and Sweetcorn soup, made with goodies from our Abel & Cole box!!! We adapted this recipe by using corn from three cobs(boiled) and five large British tomatoes chopped, added teaspoon of sugar, and a smidgen more tomato puree!!! Yummy

Courtesy of Love British Food

Last chance to nominate your choice for BBC Food & Farming Awards

This is the eleventh year of searching for the best in food and farming and these Awards have never been more relevant. Many people are looking for new ways to make money in the food business and we need models to inspire us to do that in the best way.

Alongside categories such as  ‘Best Market’, ‘Best Takeaway’ and ‘Best Local Food Retailer’ there will be much coveted awards for ‘Best Dinner Lady / public caterer’ and the ‘BBC Farmer of the Year’ won last year by Andrew Dennis of Woodlands  Farm Organics  http://bit.ly/9iBs9e

Nominations close 15 August, and you can vote via the BBC Radio4 website http://bit.ly/d54wHb

‘Cider Tax’ Backed By Farming Minister

Featured in this week’s budget, the newly named ‘cider tax’ has attracted a lot of publicity and debate within the British Farming Industry. This post from the Farmers Guardian features the latest debate which we thought you’d like to read……

THE cider industry is still benefiting from significantly lower rates of duty than its main competitor, Farming Minister Jim Fitzpatrick has said in response criticism of the new ‘cider tax’.

 Mr Fitzpatrick was forced to defend the controversial decision to raise the duty on cider by 10 per cent above inflation when the issue was raised in the Commons during Defra Questions.

Alistair Darling’s announcement in Wednesday’s Budget, which has provoked a furious response from cider makers and drinkers, has also upset some MPs.

Conservative MP Bill Wiggin, representing the cider-rich constituency of Leominster, in Herefordshire, accused the Minister of hypocrisy on Thursday when he praised British farming while representing a Government happy to tax cider makers so heavily.

“How has the Minister got the nerve to tell the House all those nice things about agriculture when yesterday, on the same spot, the Chancellor increased duty on cider by 10 per cent over inflation?” Mr Wiggin said.

 “There are 600 businesses in Herefordshire alone producing this exclusively British drink. How will the Minister ever persuade anyone to take anything he says about British agriculture seriously again?”

Mr Fitzpatrick said he recognised Mr Wiggin’s concerns about the industry in his constituency.

But he said that, historically, cider producers have paid lower rates of duty than other producers. The new rate will still be about half that paid on beer, he said.

He said the smallest UK cider producers would remain exempt from the duty increase, which applies only to makers who produce more than 7,000 litres a year

 “We estimate that, as a result, nearly 400 UK cider makers will not be affected by any of the changes announced yesterday,” he said.

What do you think? Agratech are proud to support the British Farming Industry and hope that whatever happens, British farmers are supported in all their activities!

Bad weather and important News about orders – Tues 5th January

Due to heavy snowfall, no couriers are able to reach our unit today. Therefore, no large items (knapsack sprayers etc) will be despatched.

Small items will continue to be posted Royal Mail.

rossendale snow

If you plan to visit us to collect items, please ring first to check that safe access is available. You will find our contact details here

Ok, so one for the ladies………….

Mr September 2010Help support farming families, via RABI, and give city kids a taste of farm life with Spitalfields City Farm through the purchase of this Calendar!

At just £5.99 it won’t hurt the purse too much, and of course the lovely guys won’t hurt your eyes much either!

The Farmers Calendar 2010 is on sale now! You can buy via their website

More Pics here, if you’re interested!!!!!!!!!!

Now, lets see if this blog post gets as high stats as the Devon farm girls one!!!   Enjoy  x

175 Men went to mow….

…went to mow a meadow.

Well, 140 acres actually.

In another charity event, 175 combine harvesters simultaneously cut the field, and easily gained a new Guinness World Record, beating the previous record of a (now seemingly paltry) 57!


The feat  was achieved in Platin, Duleek, Co. Meath, Ireland on Saturday August 15th 2009, and  is set to raise cash for various charities –  Barnardos, The National Rehabilitation Hospital, Gary Kelly Cancer Support and Self Help (Africa), and organised by a group calling themselves Combines 4 charity

Quite a spectacle!  As one commentator asked, ‘were the pubs shut in Ireland that day?!’

Farm Girls strip for charity

A group of brave & beautiful farm girls have stripped for a Charity Calendar in aid of Cancer Research uk. The girls, from various North Devon Young Farmers Clubs can be seen wearing wellies and wide smiles and not much else, as they go about daily farm tasks.

The girls hope that the calendar, sponsored by North Devon Journal , along with Farm & Cottage Holidays, the Student Association at North Devon College as well as Winkleigh, Shebbear and Buckland Brewer Young Farmers’ Clubs, will raise £2000 for the charity.

If you are in North Devon, the calendar is available from the New Inn at Roborough, the North Devon Journal offices on Roundswell Business Park, Barnstaple

For anyone else, e-mail  [email protected] for mail order info

You can see more of the girls at The Daily Mail website!


North Devon Young Farmers Charity Calendar

North Devon Young Farmers Charity Calendar