'Shock' predicted for South West rural economy from changes to farming payment scheme

New research published today identifies £883 million is predicted to be lost from the rural economy up to 2027 across Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

Farmers and other land managers are coming to terms with the move away from Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support, but the transition is proving difficult, and the replacement Sustainable Farming Initiative...

Farmer find for refusing to stop ploughing up history

Braunton tenant-farmer Andrew Cooper has been ordered to pay £31,500 for ploughing historically important fields linked to prehistoric and Second World War periods. When Cooper of Croyde Hoe Farm ploughed and planted fields on National Trust-owned land which experts regard as archaeologically significant, he was ordered to stop and remediate the fields by Natural England in September 2017....

Unusual apprenticeship opportunity up for grabs

One of the most unusual apprenticeship opportunities in the country is up for grabs in Plymouth – to be an apprentice farmer.

Plymouth City Council and Duchy College are looking for an apprentice farmer to run a farm within the city as part of an exciting project to create a 100-acre country park.

The successful candidate will not only live on the farm but will be expected to...