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The agriculture, forestry and fishing sector saw the highest number of workplace injury deaths in the last financial year, according to new figures published by the Health and Safety Executive. A total of 32 deaths occurred in the sector, compared to 30 in construction over the same period. The rate of fatal injuries in agriculture was 18 times higher than the average across all industries. Martin Temple, chairman of the Health and Safety Executive, said: “These statistics also remind us that, in certain sectors of the economy, workplace deaths remain worryingly high. “Agriculture, forestry and fishing accounts for a small…

Broadcaster Jonathan Dimbleby and a co-founder of Extinction Rebellion will address South West farmers at a climate change conference in the region this week. The event is being jointly staged by the NFU and the Sustainable Food Trust. Farming and Climate Change: Towards Net Zero Carbon Emissions aims to explore how the industry can reach its ambition. Taking place on July 5 at Fir Farm, Gloucestershire, the conference will see farmers, industry leaders and policy makers getting together to discuss how the UK can build on its work producing climate-friendly food. Speakers will include the NFU’s President, Minette Batters, and…

MPs are poised to support the Back British Farming campaign. During a day-long event at Westminster on September 11, they will wear special badges to recognise the important role farmers play in the nation’s food production. Organised by the National Farmers’ Union (NFU), the event aims to encourage the public to champion British food. The NFU said: “The campaign aims to showcase the work farmers do every day to produce fantastic British food for the nation, and encourage the public to champion British food production. “MPs will be wearing Back British Farming pin badges to show their support for the…

The Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Shaun Sawyer, is poised to meet business leaders, councillors and members of the public to discuss the challenge of rural crime.Mr Sawyer will be heading out across rural Devon on Tuesday, July 2 to personally meet those most affected by rural crime, and to understand its impact on people and business in the area. He said: “Rural crime has a huge impact on communities, not solely the victim. “If you are a landowner or a farmer who has their equipment stolen or livestock that are stolen or injured, this clearly has an…

Fire crews from Honiton, Axminster and Chard, along with a water carrier from Yeovil, tackled a fire in farm machinery at a commercial property. The fire in an animal feed grinder happened at Crawley, Yarcombe, and was reported at 4. 48pm on Monday, June 24. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the fire started in the farm machinery’s mechanism. A spokesman said four breathing apparatus, one hose reel jet, one covering jet, thermal imaging cameras, a carbon monoxide monitor, and small tools were used to tackle the blaze. The fire caused around 80 per cent fire damage to the machine and…

JCB has set a new British speed record for tractors. The UK manufacturer achieved the feat with its high-speed Fastrac tractor. The Fastrac notched up 103.6mph with TV presenter and engineering guru Guy Martin behind the wheel. The time outstripped the previous 87.27mph record set in March 2018 by Top Gear’s Track-Tor. Mr Martin said it had been a “great day” with the JCB team at Elvington. JCB engineers have been working in secret to develop the tractor and JCB Chairman Lord Bamford has praised their “amazing achievement”. He said: “We’ve long harboured a dream to attempt a speed record with the Fastrac and the whole team has…

Proposed new EU restrictions on food labelling should protect terms like ‘steak’ and other proteins, the NFU has told a Lords inquiry. Speaking on behalf of members, the NFU’s chief food chain adviser, Ruth Edge, responded to a decision to restrict the the use of descriptions such as ‘sausage’, ‘burger’ and ‘steak’. The European Parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development wants the terms to only be applied to products containing meat – not to vegetarian or vegan alternatives. Addressing the House of Lords’ EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee during a roundtable meeting on June 19, Mrs Edge said: “We…

Are you free on August 10? The organisers of a Honiton event are looking for volunteers to act as stewards. Gate to Plate is taking place in the High Street and will celebrate the very best foods and crafts from across East Devon. Stewards ensure the event runs smoothly. Last year’s hugely successful day attracted the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Gate to Plate is supported by East Devon District Council and Honiton Town Council, and attracts a wide range of businesses. It follows the theme of the town’s traditional street market – with a distinct emphasis…

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has welcomed Defra’s move to issue three new general licences to help landowners protect lambs and arable crops. The licences – GL34, 35 and 36 – will be valid until February 29 next year and give Defra time to review longer-term general licensing arrangements. Natural England revoked previous licences earlier this year. A public consultation is due to be launched before the end of the summer. NFU Deputy President Guy Smith said: “Since the withdrawal of the general licences in April the NFU has been campaigning for their reinstatement, supported by our members who have…

Innovation in agriculture is the topic of insights shared by East Devon chartered accountants Thomas Westcott. Its agricultural consultant, Peter Brown, has published an insightful feature that acknowledges the willingness of local farmers to embrace new technologies and ideas. Use of data and the link to efficiency is highlighted – along with genomics and the use of robotics in arable production. Mr Brown explains how greater use of data is making it possible for more farmers to micro-manage everything from the seed rate, fertiliser use and agrochemical application. While some technologies may sound far-fetched and ‘something for someone else in…

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