Upland Farms

sheepOur small, rural farms are vanishing. Two-thirds of our farming families have gone in the last few decades. As they disappear, the basic structure of rural life is broken: farm-houses become expensive homes in empty valleys, our small, village schools are forced to close, and services are increasingly centralised in our nearby towns. Without support, the character, culture, and history of our rural areas will be lost forever. This is why I have put so much energy into working with our farming communities who are under extraordinary pressure from a dozen directions; be it new environmental regulations, high fuel costs, or the vast, powerful forces of our supermarkets. Living rural communities need to be seen as part of what makes for everyone’s British identity – farms are not only mechanisms to maximise profit, but bearers of culture; a legacy of more than a thousand years of cultivation.

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RORY STEWART MP PRAISES WORLD-CLASS R&D WORK AT LOCAL APHA PREMISES

Local MP Rory Stewart has been on a fact-finding visit to the Animal Plant and Health Agency’s Plumpton premises near Penrith in his constituency, to see at first-hand the important work that the agency does in safeguarding animal and plant health for the benefit of the population, the environment, and the economy. He praised their […]

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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 STANDS UP FOR SMALL FARMERS IN MEETING WITH LAKE DISTRICT NATIONAL PARK

Penrith and The Border MP, Rory Stewart, has again called for greater support for Cumbrian small farmers in his most recent meeting with Lake District National Park Chief Executive, Richard Leafe, in his longstanding campaign to preserve small upland farms, and the families and local communities they support. Rory Stewart has repeatedly met with local […]

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RORY STEWART WELCOMES WINNING EXTRA FUNDING FOR UPLAND FARMERS

Rory Stewart MP’s campaign for more direct support for Upland Farmers has received a boost from Natural England’s announcement of a £26/hectare increase in direct payments.This increase will significantly increase the income for upland farms.  It follows on from the MP’s long-standing battle to save ‘small family farms’ which have been rapidly vanishing over the […]

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RORY AND MEP CANDIDATE URGE CUMBRIAN FARMERS TO JOIN CONSULTATION ON EU PAYMENTS

Rory and European Parliament candidate Kevin Beaty are calling on all farmers across Cumbria to have their say on plans for the reform of farm payments from Europe. Currently, the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is looking at proposals to take 15 per cent of payments to redistribute to targeted environmental schemes, in plans […]

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RORY AND GEORGE MONBIOT TO DEBATE UPLANDS FARMING IN LAKE DISTRICT

Following their recent exchange of views on the future of the uplands, Rory and the environmentalist George Monbiot are to hold a debate in the Lake District in Spring 2014. George Monbiot has called for the uplands to be re-wilded and for sheep farming to be replaced by a wilderness. Rory has dubbed this “willful […]

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RORY CHALLENGES ENVIRONMENTALISTS TO PROTECT SMALL UPLAND FARMS

Rory –  who represents the constituency with the highest percentage of upland farmland in England –  has in the latest of a series of articles in support of Cumbria’s small upland farms, called on environmentalists to recognise the complexity of the challenges small hill farmers face in balancing environmental stewardship, and the practices of maintaining  grazing […]

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RORY SAVAGES GEORGE MONBIOT’S ATTACK ON HILL FARMS

Rory has spoken out to defend the Lake District against claims by environmentalist George Monbiot that the Lake District national park is now “one of the most depressing landscapes in Europe” and that its fells have been “sheepwrecked”. In reply, Rory has called Cumrbia’s upland farms ‘one of the great treasures of Britain –  unique […]

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RORY TO COMMISSION STUDY INTO SMALL FAMILY FARMS IN CUMBRIA

Rory has announced that he will be working closely with Julia Aglionby and the National Centre for the Uplands at Newton Rigg to commission a study that will assess the future of Cumbria’s small hill farms, looking in particular at the impact of historic government policy and subsidies on the reduction in number of smaller family […]