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£20m investment in Wrexham poultry processing plant welcomed

£20m investment in Wrexham poultry processing plant welcomed

Ministers from the Welsh Government and the Mayor of Wrexham have welcomed the opening of a new £20m poultry processing plant in Wrexham that is creating around 150 jobs. The state of the art facility will become fully operational later this year following the substantial investment by Maelor Foods. The project received £3.15m in funding […]

Farmcare restructures for the future

Following a lengthy review of its business, Farmcare has today announced a restructuring plan that will increase the economic resilience of its farms and ensure their long term prosperity. As part of this plan, Farmcare, a leading arable crop producer and land manager, will enter into a series of partnerships with leading farming businesses who […]

RCMA Group invests £25m in sustainable rapeseed processing facility

Independent commodities trading and supply chain company, RCMA Group, today announced it is constructing a state-of-the-art rapeseed processing plant in Atherstone on Stour, near Stratford-upon-Avon, investing £25million in the project and creating in excess of 30 local jobs. The new facility will be operational in the autumn of 2017 to process an annual seed crush […]

Farmer business grant available in Wales

Farmers in Wales have the chance to apply for capital grants under the new Farm Business Grant Scheme. The grant is designed to help farmers in Wales to improve the economic and environmental performance of their agricultural holdings and will provide a 40 per cent contribution towards capital investments in equipment and machinery that have […]

NFU Potato Forum chairman and vice chairman are re-appointed

NFU Potato Forum chairman and vice chairman are re-appointed

Alex Godfrey and Tim Papworth have been re-appointed as chairman and vice chairman respectively of the NFU Potato Forum. Alex Godfrey, who farms in Lincolnshire, said: “I am delighted to be re-appointed as chairman for a further two years and I look forward to continuing to deliver the forum’s objectives during 2017. We have a […]

Thousands of BPS 2017 applications received

More than 10,000 2017 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) applications have been submitted since the application window opened on 1 March, the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced. The RPA is encouraging farmers to apply online now, to ensure that their application is submitted before the deadline. Applying online means that farmers and agents can quickly […]

New Act threatens landowners’ rights, warns CAAV

Landowners stand to lose millions of pounds of potential development value under government proposals to grant large developers the right to acquire land for housing. Under the Housing and Planning Act (HPA) 2016, developers of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects – such as large transport links, energy lines, and water pipes – will be able to […]

Local bank closure devastating for rural businesses

The closure of Lloyds Bank in Tregaron has sparked criticism from the Farmers’ Union of Wales in Ceredigion, who describe the closure as devastating news for rural businesses. Mared Jones, the FUW’s Ceredigion County Executive Officer said: “The closure of rural banks will have a detrimental effect on the area, as they serve not only […]

Philip Moody named chairman of grain co-op Openfield

West Country accountant and corporate financier Philip Moody has been appointed group chairman of Britain’s leading grain co-operative Openfield. The board of directors voted unanimously that Mr Moody should succeed Richard Beldam who has decided to retire from the role after nearly 20 years. Mr Moody is chairman of Smith & Williamson Corporate Finance and […]

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