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Farmers joining forces to protect the environment are to be given an extra £600,000 after Natural England received a record number of high-quality applications to the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund.
German farming union the DBV is pressing for EU farm payments to be protected after new research showed stringent regulations are costing its members far more than their competitors in other countries.
All of Scotland’s 32 local authorities have been contacted by the government in an attempt to help better understand the actions being taken to curb the number of livestock worrying attacks in the country.
Defra has denied that it failed to ‘fully engage’ with the devolved regions on its plans for a new environmental watchdog after Scottish and Welsh Ministers expressed disappointment with the level of discussion.
Post-Brexit agricultural policy in Wales is to focus much more heavily on culture, communities and landscape than Defra’s plans for England, according to Welsh Rural Affairs Secretary Lesley Griffiths.
The EU would ‘never accept’ frictionless trade for agricultural and food products if the UK introduces different environmental rules after Brexit, according to the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.