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

Isle of Wight produce praised to the hilt in James Martin’s Great British Adventure

james martin and paul griffin

A great deal of love is shown for Isle of Wight produce by TV chef, James Martin, in the latest episode of his 'Great British Adventure’, shown on ITV earlier this week and available on catch-up. Details within.

Thursday, 7th March, 2019 8:12pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

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?


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

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


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 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

Long-term funding commitment essential to farming and the environment CLA tell MPs

European flag in flowers

MPs were told this week that farmers need certainty on funding beyond the Government’s existing commitment to 2022 in order to have the confidence to adapt their businesses post-Brexit.

Friday, 26th October, 2018 10:26am

By Michael Sims with one comment

Farmers call for urgent clarity on post-Brexit funding, says CLA

isle of wight farm

The Agriculture Bill will have it second reading in Parliament next week. Farmers and landowner are calling for urgent clarity on post 2022 funding plans.

Thursday, 4th October, 2018 4:22pm

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments