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Business Secretary reveals new £90m fund to drive farm innovations

Business Secretary Greg Clark has announced a new £90m fund designed to make it easier for farmers and growers to embrace technology and innovation.

Minette Batters, the NFU's first female president. Pictured at Driffield Show by Simon Hulme.

Farming union elects its first ever female president

Minette Batters has been elected as the new president of the National Farmers’ Union in a landmark election for the industry group.

North Yorkshire farmer wins inaugural NFU award

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cottages on the Mulgrove Estate, Sandsend. 'Picture by Gerard Binks

Village focus: Coastal gem of Sandsend

SET in the cluster that includes Whitby, Staithes and Robin Hood’s 
Bay, it is one of the smaller jewels on the Yorkshire coast, but one of the most valuable.

Hovingham Market

Playing the market

IT isn’t technically a market town, for it isn’t a town. Yet the stalls that line the narrow streets in the picturesque Howardian village of Hovingham have become a veritable countryside shopping mall.


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.

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.

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.

Julian Sturdy, MP for York Outer,  in his constituency in the village of Knapton.

Plea for GCSE in agriculture issued by MP

A GCSE in Agriculture should be offered to teenagers around the country to help create a “better skilled and more productive workforce”, according to a North Yorkshire MP.

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.

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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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.

The formidable carrion crow.

Species with an unshakeable reputation for grave tidings

The intelligence of crows is legendary, as demonstrated this week in the new series of BBC Winterwatch, where a raven and carrion crow were pitted against each other in a range of tasks to establish the top bird brain of the crow family.

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.

Read Julian Norton's column first in Country Week, inside The Yorkshire Post every Saturday.

A physical challenge for Julian after cow gives birth to twins

Being on second call is a strange thing. The vet on first call is taking responsibility for everything that comes in, so it is generally quiet, but when the second on call vet is needed, it is usually urgent. Emma, the vet on first, needed some assistance early this morning. I set off straight away.

Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.

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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