Meeting Farmers

FWlaunch4_1_BNo two farms are alike.  It is true though that in Penrith and the Border there are some initial similarities. Walking along the River Eden last year, I saw friends with farms near Appleby, Kirkoswald, and Croglin. Each family lived in a red sandstone Cumbrian farmhouse, and served their visitor large plates of fresh scones and sandwiches. Each man was from a long farming tradition, had a quick brain, detailed technical knowledge of his land and a clear sense of cost. But every business was different, experimenting with varied breeds, feeds, and machinery. In such a diverse industry, with such a wide range of pressures, how can a MP or a Minister help? My own experience has led me to feel that we have to start much closer to home. A good decision on how many sheep to keep on a fell draws on an individual farmer’s understanding of his own hillside. Bad decisions on farming and the environment tend to be made two hundred miles away on the basis of a mathematical model.

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RORY AND FARMERS

VISITS TO EAST FELLSIDE FARMERS IN AFTERMATH OF STORM EMMA

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart spent last Friday visiting communities on Cumbria’s East Fellside who were badly hit by Storm Emma, which left hundreds of livestock dead, damaged roads, walls and fences, left drivers stranded and caused a number of road accidents. Local farmers, familiar with the Eastern Fellside’s formidable helm wind, said […]

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RORY MEETS WITH NFU MEMBERS TO DISCUSS CUMBRIA’S FARMING CHALLENGES

Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart last week attended a meeting of farmers from North Cumbria, organised by the National Farmers Union (NFU) and held at Low Wood Farm, Warwick Bridge, to discuss the challenges around Bovine TB (bTB) and Brexit, and hear the concerns of local farmers. Acknowledging the potentially catastrophic effects of […]

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RORY PLEDGES TO BUILD ON BEWCASTLE FUND SUCCESS

Rory Stewart MP has visited constituents in Bewcastle to discuss the success of the ‘Bewcastle Fund’, the £10,000 fund donated personally to the community by HRH Prince Charles, to support farmers in the Roadhead area. The local MP has pledged to continue supporting the community in its numerous projects.  Details of the grant, made in […]

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Technology key to unlocking farming’s potential

Technological innovation is the key to unlocking the potential of farming by improving productivity and tackling problems such as pests and disease, Farming Minister George Eustice will say when he addresses today’s annual Northern Farming Conference. Speaking at the event in Hexham, the minister will say how food and farming is central to the northern […]

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RORY ATTENDS CUMBRIA YOUNG FARMERS AGM

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, was honoured to speak at the 41st Cumbria Young Farmers Club AGM at the George Hotel in Penrith on Friday 6th November. The Cumberland & Westmorland Young Farmers Club formed in 1937, and became the Cumbria Federation of Young Farmers in 1974; it has 15 clubs in […]

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UK ANNOUNCES ALLOCATIONS FOR EU FARMING SUPPORT PACKAGE

Hard-pressed UK dairy farmers will receive a one-off support payment to help with their cash-flow problems stemming from the current low prices for milk and other produce, the Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss announced today. In England, dairy farmers will share £15.5 million in recognition of the prolonged period of low prices in this particular farming […]

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SINGLE HELPLINE FOR FARMING ADVICE LAUNCHED

Farmers in England will soon find it simpler and easier to get advice and guidance from government with the introduction of the Rural Services Helpline next week. From 30 September, farmers will have a single phone number they can call for any questions they want to direct to either the Rural Payments Agency or the […]

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RORY PRAISES “OUTSTANDING” CUMBERLAND SHOW

Penrith and The Border MP and Defra Minister Rory Stewart has congratulated and thanked all those involved in the annual Cumberland Show, which he attended this year both as a local rural MP and as representative of the government department. He visited with his family – wife Shoshana and son Alexander – and spent several hours at the […]

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RORY HOLDS DROP-IN SURGERY FOR FARMERS AT BORDERWAY UK DAIRY EXPO

Rory Stewart, MP for Penrith and The Border, will be holding an informal drop-in surgery at the British Blue Cattle Society stand at this year’s UK Dairy Expo at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart, on Saturday 7th March 2015. The UK Dairy Expo is the leading dairy event in the UK and showcases the best of dairy […]