Time is running out to enter the CLA and Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society 2019 awards

County show

The awards will this year honour those who go the extra mile to support the rural economy, from food and drink producers to tourism businesses.

Friday, 5th April, 2019 10:23am

By Michael Sims

Nominations now open for prestigious rural awards

IOW award winners 2018

The CLA and the Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society have announced the return of their prestigious awards celebrating rural work and life on the Island – and nominations are now open.

Friday, 8th March, 2019 12:23pm

By Michael Sims

CLA issues advice to dog owners during lambing season

Claire Bennett CLA

The CLA warn during lambing season that "livestock worrying" can have serious effects on animals including stress, injury, abortion and death, with several incidents reported in 2019 already.

Friday, 22nd February, 2019 10:28am

By Michael Sims with one comment

Scientific, vegan and land management voices set out different visions at CLA debate

CLA farming debate 2019 speaker panel cropped

The debate chairman said change was on the way and it could be “scary”. Catch up on the wide-ranging debate held by the South East branch of the Country, Land and Business Association.

Tuesday, 12th February, 2019 11:03am

By Michael Sims

Potential of farmland still ignored in rural housing crisis, says CLA

Isle of Wight Countryside :

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, said that if Rural Exception Sites are not used to their full potential there is little hope of solving the acute shortage of rural housing.

Friday, 1st February, 2019 4:43pm

By Michael Sims with 7 readers' comments

Isle of Wight debate: Are current planning policies bad for the Island?

Blueprints

An expert panel of speakers will debate the challenges and opportunities facing Island farmers and landowners later this month.

Thursday, 3rd January, 2019 5:09pm

By Michael Sims with one comment

Post Brexit immigration rules will jeopardise rural businesses, says CLA President

isle of wight farm

The CLA say imposing an arbitrary minimum salary threshold puts at risk a variety of jobs across the agri-food sector, including some which require specialist skills.

Friday, 21st December, 2018 8:38am

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

Fix 4G before focusing on 5G, says new Isle of Wight CLA Chair in pre-Brexit address

Laurence Taylor IOW

The Isle of Wight Chair of the CLA says the Government's talk of 5G rollout is "ludicrous when vast areas are still struggling with 4G". He talks more about that, and other issues facing farmers and land owners pre-Brexit.

Wednesday, 19th December, 2018 9:45am

By Michael Sims

Top tips to deter rural criminals on the Isle of Wight at Christmas

christmas tree through a window

With dark nights upon us, rural areas can provide rich pickings for criminals – so the CLA is issuing some top tips to help protect homes and property.

Wednesday, 12th December, 2018 8:53am

By Michael Sims

Third of farmers plan to use less of their land for agriculture, reveals CLA

countryside

An exclusive CLA poll shows on the day of huge industry conference reveals that a third of farmers plan to use less of their land for agriculture.

Thursday, 29th November, 2018 8:24am

By Michael Sims

New fines for people who pass waste onto rogue ‘man and van’ for disposal

flytipping in countryside

CLA welcomes new government measures to tackle fly-tipping, but argues they are just the ‘tip of the iceberg’ in the fight against waste crimes.

Wednesday, 28th November, 2018 8:46am

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

New Isle of Wight CLA Chairman says rural world facing ‘greatest period of uncertainty for a generation’

Laurence Taylor IOW

New opportunities, as well as challenges await rural businesses who are facing great uncertainty says the new chairman of the Isle of Wight branch of the CLA.

Tuesday, 13th November, 2018 1:46pm

By Michael Sims with one comment