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Get a MOOve on Defra!

Whilst the majority of my constituents live in High Wycombe there are substantial rural areas in the Wycombe constituency.  Most of the countryside is in the Green Belt or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and about 20 per cent of my constituents live in country villages. I was pleased to be able to meet farmer Nick Mansfield recently to discuss some of the challenges facing local farmers, talking about animal welfare, environmental stewardship and TB.  Nick took me to land […]

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A Parliamentary Question on farming

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Yesterday, I asked the Farming Minister a Parliamentary Question related to the effect that EU regulation has on productivity on the British agricultural industry: Steve Baker: What assessment she has made of the potential contribution of data and technology to increasing the productivity and competitiveness of British farming.  The Minister of State for Farming (George Eustice MP): Data and technology have a central role to play in increasing the productivity and competitiveness of British farming. Last October, I launched the […]

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Buckinghamshire Farming

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I just spent a most enjoyable and productive evening with South Bucks National Farmers’ Union, which followed a recent visit to a local farm. In particular, we discussed NFU President Peter Kendall’s speech, “Delivering Farming’s Future”. He repeated a point made by Norman Borlaug, a Nobel laureate and great agricultural scientist, that: In the next 50 years we are going to have to produce more food than we have in the last ten thousand years. I am reminded of a […]

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