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Here is a flavour of some of the most recent industry news stories.  To read all news posts please click on one of the categories above.

HS2 to be reviewed to examine costs and benefits

The government is launching a review of high-speed rail link HS2 – with a “go or no-go” decision by the end of the year, the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said.  It will consider whether and how the project to connect London, the Midlands and northern England should proceed. The review will be chaired by Douglas Oakervee, a civil engineer and former chair of HS2 Ltd. A final report will be sent to the government in the autumn.

National Food Strategy consultation opens

Defra is seeking responses to its consultation on the first National Food Strategy for 75 years. The purpose of the review is to address the environmental and health problems caused by our food system, to ensure the security of our food supply, and to maximise the benefits of the coming revolution in agricultural technology.  For full information on the consultation and to forward your response please visit this page.  The consultation closes on 25 October.

RBST Farm Parks Project Officer vacancy

RBST has been awarded a major grant from the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund to support its Approved Farm Parks Project. This project aims to transform the existing group of Approved Farm Parks into a comprehensive network delivering coordinated conservation programmes, the promotion of native breed products and knowledge transfer.  The Project Officer will lead on the delivery of the project, calling upon the wider resources of RBST, including technical and practical advice on breeding programmes and communications and backroom functions as necessary.  You need to be a bright, enthusiastic and self-motivated individual, with a good knowledge of farm livestock breeding and genetics, conservation and the countryside, educated to degree level in agriculture biological sciences or equivalent, with an ability to work with people at all levels.   The full job description is available on the RBST website.    Closing date for applications is 2 September.

Exhibit at Warwickshire Food and Drink showcase on 24 September

Warwickshire Food & Drink Showcase

Tuesday 24th September 2019, 11.30am-12.30pm 

Warwick Racecourse

Warwickshire County Council is inviting local food & drink producers and suppliers to exhibit at this unique showcase event which will offer a trade hour during the morning where businesses can network and do trade deals.  The event will then open up to the public for general sales in the afternoon during the races.   Spaces cost £50 and include promotion in the race day programme.

Buyers of Food and Drink from the County and beyond are invited to attend for free and are able stay on and watch the races during the afternoon.

To Register as an Exhibitor or Attendee go to

Horse Box Safety Week – NFU Mutual launch video on YouTube

Every year the emergency services are called out to help horses that have become trapped or injured whilst travelling in a horse box.  As part of Horse Box Safety Week NFU Mutual has published a video on YouTube which gives advice on what to do if this happens to you and your horse.

You can also visit this page to read all about the Horse box Safety Week campaign and download the new horse box safety guide.

What3words: the app that could save your life

What3words is a free app that points to a very specific location in the world.  It has divided the world into 57 trillion squares, each measuring 3m by 3m (10ft by 10ft) and each having a unique, randomly assigned three-word address.  When you download the app it will find your location and give you the 3 words that are assigned to your location – which can be given to emergency services to enable them to locate you straight away.  The app does not need a phone connection to give you your three words.  

Partnership working to tackle farm fires in Warwickshire

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is working in partnership with Warwickshire Police and the NFU to help farmers reduce the risk of having a fire which could potentially destroy their business.  In the last three years Warwickshire Fire and Rescue has attended 278 fires on farms and smallholdings across Warwickshire.  In a bid to tackle reduce the number of fires a farm fire safety campaign has been launched to help raise awareness about the simple steps farmers can take to help keep their farm safe from fire.  Whilst arson attacks on farms and smallholdings may be difficult to eliminate, a number of simple precautions can help to reduce the risk of attack including:

  • providing, repair or replace damaged fencing or gates
  • installing intruder sensors and security lighting
  • maintaining the security of out buildings

The Farm Fire Safety Booklet can be read here.

Reminder of key dates in September

1st – You can cut or trim hedges and trees from this date. (GAEC 7a and 7c)

1st – Start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available nitrogen content (for example, slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to grassland on shallow or sandy soils. (SMR 1)

1st – Start of closed period for applying manufactured nitrogen fertilisers to tillage land. (SMR 1)

15th –  Start of closed period for applying manufactured nitrogen fertilisers to grassland. (SMR 1)

16th –  Start of closed period for applying organic manure with a high readily available nitrogen content (for example, slurry, poultry manures or liquid digested sewage sludge) to tillage land on shallow or sandy soils which have been sown with crops on or before 15 September. (SMR 1)

Sheep stolen from field in Pillerton Priors

Some time between 16.00 hrs on the 10/8/19 and 08.00 hrs on 11/8/19 unknown offenders entered fields off Walton Lane, Pillerton Priors and stole 15 ewes and 20 lambs.  Did you see a vehicle in the fields in this area or acting suspiciously in the area during this time or days prior to the theft?  If you have any information that could help the police with their enquiries please call 101 and refer to incident number 194 of 11/8/19 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you own or live near fields with livestock in especially sheep, please be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the police and owner of the animals.

Removal of restrictions on feeding potato sprout suppressant

The HSE have removed livestock feeding restrictions on potato sprout suppressant Maleic hydrazide, concluding there is no evidence for safety concerns on treated potato material.

Kenilworth Agricultural Society seeks p-t Secretary and p-t Livestock Crops Co-ordinator

Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society is looking for a highly organised, multitasker with strong prioritising skills, interpersonal skills and a high level of IT skills to act as their part-time Society and Show Secretary.  The position is available for an immediate start and is based at home.  This role is based on an annualised hours contract of approximately 800 hours per annum with the hours varying throughout the year in order to meet the business needs, the busiest periods being February, March, April and May leading up to the Show in June.   A full job description and contact details are available here.

The Society is also seeking to appoint a part-time Livestock and Crops Co-ordinator.  The post will provide administrative support for the Livestock and Crops competitions which take place at the Kenilworth Show and is contracted for 100 annualised hours worked during April – July.  The post requires someone who is highly organised, a multitasker with strong prioritising skills, interpersonal skills and a good level of IT skills.  A full job description is available here.

Closing date for applications is 28 August.  Any enquiries should be directed to the Chair, Nicky Maynard, on 

Read the new edition of Lodders Life

Read up on the future of farming and the pressures being faced by rural businesses in the 6th edition of Lodders Life.  Lodders Solicitors are business supporters of the Warwickshire Rural Hub.

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Jane Hampson

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Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors

Henry Lucas (Hub Chairman)
Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Karen Ellis
Paul Rice
Carrie Robbins
Alexandra Robinson
James Walton



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Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Susan Schlee, S2M Marketing
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Bob Slater, Slater Farm Management Services
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, King's Seeds
Jon Slee, Abbey Farm


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