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North Yorkshire farmer wins inaugural NFU award

A farmer from North Yorkshire has been honoured by for his dedication and commitment to the farming industry and the National Farmers’ Union.

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Police want powers to effectively deal with attacks on sheep and other livestock. Picture by Kevin Allen.

Extent of costly dog attacks on livestock revealed by police

The shocking scale of dog attacks on sheep has been revealed today in a new report published by police.

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Michael Gove believes much more must be done to improve the provision of superfast broadband in rural England.

Gove claims small slice of HS2 rail fund would pay for broadband for all

Environment Secretary Michael Gove believes it would cost a fraction of the money earmarked for the High Speed 2 rail project to deliver superfast broadband to all, as he said it was time to stop discriminating over access to a service which is as essential water.

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Environment Secretary Michael Gove delivers a speech at the 2018 NFU Conference in Birmingham. Picture by Simon Hadley.

Gove promises farmers they fit in with his environment agenda

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has promised that driving a more profitable and productive agricultural industry is integral to achieving the environmental gains he so richly coverts on farms.

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NFU president Meurig Raymond at the 2018 NFU Conference. Picture by Simon Hadley.

Farm union boss says industry is ready for new political agenda

Outgoing farming union president Meurig Raymond used his final conference speech to tell Michael Gove that farmers are right behind a fresh approach to agriculture and that they are open to his “radical” ideas.

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Yorkshire Dales crisis is bigger than Foot and Mouth, says park boss

The deepening social and economic crisis in the Yorkshire Dales is a bigger challenge to its communities than the Foot and Mouth outbreak that ravaged the countryside in 2001, the chief executive of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority said.

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Councillor Ian Scott of Richmondshire District Council pictured at Reeth by Simon Hulme.

Struggling Yorkshire Dales National Park ‘faces an existential crisis’

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is facing the biggest crisis in its 64-year history as a perfect storm of social and economic pressures have led to a stark warning that a radical shift in policy is needed to preserve centuries-old rural life.

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New agri-innovations are brought to the fore today at the Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show at York Auction Centre, Murton.  Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Farms ‘must embrace emerging technology to meet challenges’

The government’s newly published long-term vision for the environment has only heightened the need for smart new technology to be deployed on farms, industry experts said.

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Arla is investing �460m in its global operations this year.

Arla boss explains new UK investment

The head of Arla in the UK said the co-operative is responding to changing perceptions of dairy as he announced the biggest nationwide investment in its processing capabilities in a decade.

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A new plan to make it more difficult for fracking companies to target the fringes of protected landscapes is the subject of a public inquiry that opens later this month.

North Yorkshire plan to add extra hurdles for fracking applications

The chief executive of North Yorkshire County Council said he understands why the region is seen as a key resource for the energy industry but that planners are working hard to deliver a new policy that will protect the area’s “assets”.

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Fracking firm Ineos has a number of shale gas exploration licences for areas in and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

Lateral fracking is not welcome beneath the North York Moors

Fracking is “incompatible” with protected landscapes and should be the very last targets for so-called lateral fracking by gas extraction firms, the director of planning at the North York Moors National Park Authority said.

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Coun John Blackie said he took exception to being associated with the views expressed by the chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in an open letter to second home owners about a proposed council tax hike.

Dales authority accused of not reflecting all members’ views in letter to second home owners

The leader of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has been accused of failing to represent a collective voice of other members as he defended the proposal to increase council tax for second homes.

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The bottling plant at Arla Foods in Stourton, Leeds.

Two Yorkshire dairy sites to benefit from £460m Arla investment

Farmer-owned dairy cooperative Arla Foods has announced a plan to invest almost half a billion pounds this year as part of the company’s 2020 growth plan.

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Carl Lis, chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

Yorkshire Dales chief tackles second home tax rise criticism

The chairman of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has today claimed it would be “absurd” not address the “ever increasing” number of second homes in the park, however uncomfortable it is.

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Campaigners have written to the Environment Secretary calling on him to scrutinise the role of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority in promoting a council tax rise for second home owners.

Call for Gove to intervene in Dales second homes tax row

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has been urged to examine the role of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority over its radical move to ask local councils to consider a huge tax rise on second home owners.

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A hawfinch photographed by Robert E Fuller.

Rare hawfinch colony feasts on seeds at Yorkshire arboretum

These winged migrants usually prefer more southerly spots when they venture from the continent but a colony of 100 rare hawfinches have taken up residence in North Yorkshire.

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Farmers want permit charge rise to be delayed

Farmers have joined anglers in criticising the proposed increase to permit charges by the Environment Agency.

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The University of Leeds said the alleged social was "ill judged".

Alleged ‘chav’ social was ‘ill judged’, Leeds University says

A Yorkshire university has described as “ill judged” a so-called “chav” themed social event that is alleged to have been held by a students union sports club.

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Elderly man trapped in late night Bradford car crash

An elderly man had to be freed from a car after three cars collided in Bradford last night.

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Scarborough kayakers saved after man with telescope raises alarm

Two men were rescued from the sea, off the Yorkshire coast, after the coastguard was alerted to their plight by a member of the public using a telescope.

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