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Here is a flavour of some of the most recent industry news stories.  To read all news posts please click on one of the categories above.

CFE launches award to celebrate farmers who care for the environment

To celebrate 10 years of promoting good environmental management through productive farming practices, CFE has launched the Champions of the Farmed Environment Awards to celebrate the work of our farming community in caring for the natural environment.   There are CFE Awards across 4 categories; Air, Soils, Water and Wildlife.  If you have taken action on your land to incorporate management practices which deliver environmental benefits for air, soil, water of wildlife, CFE want to hear about it.

Applications are open until October 29th and winners will be invited to the 10 year anniversary and award ceremony in the Cotswolds on November 29th.  Please visit this page for details on how to enter.

Mind your Head on #MentalHealthAwarenessDay

It’s #WorldMentalHealthDay2019 on 10 October when we are encouraging you to remember its OK not be OK.  Take a look at the Yellow Wellies Mind Your Head page to see where you can access support when the going gets tough.   Remember its OK to reach out – the Farming Community Network support line is open every day of the year, 7.00am – 11.00pm.

Tel: 03000 111999 or email



Over 70 events confirmed in Coventry and Warwickshire business festival

The third Coventry and Warwickshire Business Festival strongly reflects industry needs in 2019 and the 70 bespoke events champion quality over quantity. There are a variety of events from networking opportunities, seminars on how to protect your business, workshops tailored to teach you new practical skills, dealing with challenges and much more.  Nearly all events are free and are available for anyone to attend, however, tickets must be booked online in advance to avoid disappointment.  View the events and book your ticket on this page.  The festival takes place over 11 – 21 November.

New rural crime team for Warwickshire

Warwickshire Police has announced the launch of the first Warwickshire Rural Crime Team dedicated to reducing rural crime across the county.   The role of the team is to deliver the Rural Crime Strategy which focusses on the significant issues affecting farmers, businesses and rural communities such as livestock offences, Op Hillman to address the theft and illegal butchery of sheep, acquisitive crime such as the theft of farm machinery, plant and machinery, to the issue of fly tipping.  The team will work closely with the other teams within Warwickshire Police to support them in tackling some of these issues.  Each officer will have geographical ownership of a part of Warwickshire. Their first priority will be to start building up links with the rural community, developing relationships and recognising where we need to address emerging trends in line with our strategy.

The team consists of Sgt Bob Shaw, PC Andy Timmins, PC Kate Taylor, PC Craig Purcell, PC Andy King and RCO Carol Cotterill.

Training course on new drone regulations for farmers

Farmers are being urged to fully understand the legal implications of drone use and seek training ahead of new 2020 regulations.  New regulations published on 21 June by the Civil Aviation Authority will require farmers to become more aware of how to deploy drones on their land, although these will not come into effect until July 2020. This gives farmers and other operators the opportunity to prepare for the proposed changes to drone use.  Cranfield University is offering anyone likely to use drones in agriculture the opportunity to learn how they can be used responsibly and effectively to monitor and manage crops.  Full details of the 4 month on-line course starting on 18 November are here.

Water Primrose alert

Water primrose, which was introduced into the UK as an ornamental aquatic plant, is invading ponds, lakes, wetlands and waterbodies.  It forms dense mats which exclude native species, degrade amenity use and may increase flood risk. It is now banned from sale in the UK, but it has been found in a variety of waterbodies, especially, ponds, fisheries and wetlands. The Environment Agency is coordinating the eradication of existing infestations. To date, 39 sites have been found, 14 of which are believed to have been eradicated. If you find water primrose, report it at More information on identifying water primrose is available on the Non-native Species Secretariat website.

Euro exchange rate for BPS 2019 is set

The euro exchange rate for calculating BPS 2019 payments has been set. The rate, an average of the European Central Bank exchange rates set in September, will be €1 = £0.89092.

BPS payments for England are set in euros and then converted into sterling. The previous year’s exchange rates for BPS were:

  • BPS 2018: €1 = £0.89281
  • BPS 2017: €1 = £0.89470

The RPA will make full payments on BPS 2019 claims later this year, with funds being directly made into bank accounts by BACS transfer.

Farm Business Innovation show – 6/7 November

The Farm Business Innovation Show takes place this year on 6 and 7 November at the NEC, Birmingham.  There will be 1000 exhibitors and 500 seminars helping you to make money from your farm business.  Click on this website to find out more and register for free tickets.

Calf survival index by AHDB

Improved management for calf rearing has always been a focus for dairy farmers and the new Calf Survival Index by the Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board allows breeders to approach this on a genetic level.  To download your copy visit this page.

Express interest in a deer management grant

The key purpose of this grant is to improve the condition of woodlands through reducing the negative impacts of deer.  The services to be provided by recipients of the grant are yet to be fully defined, but will be before any further documentation for applying for this grant is published (this is expected to be before 31 October 2019). It is anticipated that they will include advice on deer management, developing and exchanging best practice, collection of evidence and contributing to expert advice.  Full information is here.  

Remember to prioritise your Countryside Stewardship grant application

If you’re submitting an RLE1 form in order to apply for either of the Countryside Stewardship funded grants, please place a cross in the box titled “If you are claiming (or intend to claim) under a Rural Development Programme scheme put an ‘X’ in this box”.  In the blank space under this box, write “RLE1 required to support Countryside Stewardship application”. This should then flag up an urgent processing of your mapping request.

New Countryside Stewardship Woodland manuals available

New manuals have been published on GOV.UK in the Woodland Support section of the Countryside Stewardship page.

As these pages meet the new accessibility guidelines they will not be provided in PDF format. However if you wish to print some of the manual it is possible to print whole topics.

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The Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC
c/o Pleasance Farm


Registration No: 7026157

Registered office: 23 West Bar Street, Banbury, OX16 9SA

Hub Chairman

Henry Lucas

Rural Hub Co-ordinator

Jane Hampson

Tel: 07780 159291


Warwickshire Rural Hub CIC Directors

Henry Lucas (Hub Chairman)
Graham Collier (Hub Deputy Chairman)
Karen Ellis
Paul Rice
Carrie Robbins
Alexandra Robinson
James Walton



Hub Steering Group Members

Luke Ryder, NFU
Mark Dickin, Ellacotts Accountants
Susan Schlee, S2M Marketing
Tom Newbery, Highfield Farm
Alexandra Robinson, Wright Hassall LLP
Bob Slater, Slater Farm Management Services
Jef Tuyn, Agricultural Consultant
Matt Willmott, King's Seeds
Jon Slee, Abbey Farm


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