'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...

Future farming in Devon’s Axe catchment

The Environment Agency has produced a new film showing how it is working with farmers in the River Axe catchment in East Devon to improve water quality and compliance with environmental legislation. The film ‘Future farming in the Axe catchment’ is available now on YouTube Future Farming in the Axe Catchment - YouTube ). The River Axe is of national significance as a designated Special Area...

Pilot scheme launched to help Devon farmers with future opportunities and new technology

A pilot project has been launched to help support the growth of Devon’s agricultural industry. The £500,000 Devon County Council scheme is being supported through the UK Community Renewal Fund which was recently secured by Team Devon.

The DATA (Devon Agri-Tech Accelerator) project is aiming to provide support and research for farmers, growers, landowners, and other agricultural and...

Free training courses to tackle farming and woodland management skills shortages launched in the South West

Technology, and its role in supporting a more sustainable future, is becoming increasingly important across all sectors, including Farming and Woodland Management.

Train4Tomorrow is a government funded programme supporting adults in the South West to develop the in-demand skills required by industry through free training.

In January, Duchy College in Cornwall and Bicton...

Dairy Farmers across the South West set for major boost from new trade deals

Farmers across the South West are set to benefit from future Free Trade Agreements with the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, which will open up new opportunities to sell local produce overseas.

The International Trade Minister, Ranil Jayawardena visited a number of farms across the South West today including Quicke’s Farm and The Black Farmer, to see first-hand the agricultural...

Farming’s Mental Health Crisis

From 10th – 14th February, leading farm safety charity, Farm Safety Foundation, will launch their third annual Mind Your Head campaign, to raise awareness of the issues facing farmers today and the link between farm safety and mental health.

A study by the Farm Safety Foundation, found that mental health issues among farmers and agricultural workers are of growing concern, and have a...

Surfing Cow ice cream scoops in on education

A South Devon ice cream company is putting education at its heart by offering children and students the opportunity to learn about farming and the environment.

Surfing Cow Ice Cream was established last year at South Battisborough Farm in south Devon close to Mothecombe Beach by dairy farmer Lawrence Glanville and his business partner Alistair Graham. It has quickly established itself...

Pig killers, a bucket and the family: life in rural Devon

What was it actually like to grow up and work in rural West Devon during the 20th century?

Almost beyond imagination - but you can find out for yourself in a new book 'Farming and Rural Life' (£3 recommended donation or £4 posted) published by The Life Stories Project - part of Tavistock Area Support Services (TASS) a registered charity (

Devon County Show 2017 preview

The 122nd Devon County Show will take place shortly at Westpoint, Exeter on May 18, 19 and 20.

More than 90,000 visitors are expected to see some of the best livestock, taste fabulous local food and drink, experience country life and enjoy a wealth of entertainment.

Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex will spend two days at the Show in her role as President of the Devon...

Awards call goes out to Devon farmers

Farmers across Devon are being reminded that they have until February 26 to nominate their friends, neighbours and local farming heroes for this year’s Devon Farm Business Awards, staged by the Addington Fund, Devon County Agricultural Association and Stephens Scown Solicitors.

There are six categories for which farmers can enter or be nominated: best commercial farmer, best dairy...