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

A thriving farming economy post-brexit is critical to our future says Isle of Wight MP

Bob seely with NFU members

Seely has agreed to write to the Farming Minister in support of an Isle of Wight farming agenda, adding that farming is critical to our future.

Tuesday, 31st July, 2018 9:42am

By The Office of Bob Seely with 4 readers' comments

CLA and Royal Isle of Wight Agricultural Society celebrate rural life on the Isle of Wight

Cowes Primary School

The new awards showcase the success of rural industries on the Island, and the awards for schools and young people demonstrate the very positive future of rural life on the Isle of Wight.

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 9:43am

By Michael Sims with 2 readers' comments

Prestigious awards celebrate Isle of Wight rural life


The awards will celebrate everything from schools and young individuals to food business, sustainability and more.

Tuesday, 1st May, 2018 10:32am

By Daisy Steinberg

Conversion of farm buildings without planning permission welcomed by CLA

barn conversion

The Housing Minister has extended the right to convert buildings without having to seek a full planning permission by allowing more options to convert existing farm buildings into family homes.

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018 1:41pm

By Helen Symes

Isle of Wight farmers could be among hardest hit by DEFRA plans

isle of wight farmland

Isle of Wight farmers could be left at the mercy of volatile world markets or become little more than country park keepers to earn Government money says Rural Property Specialist, James Attrill.

Tuesday, 6th March, 2018 3:50pm

By Maurice Hardy with one comment

Post Brexit farming subsidies only for those who do ‘public good’


After Brexit, new agricultural rules will be tailored with subsidies only given to farmers who do public good, as well as produce food.

Wednesday, 10th January, 2018 4:22pm

By The Office of Bob Seely with 8 readers' comments

Impose public service obligation on ferry companies says IW CLA branch chairman

the solent

The first on the list of resolutions for the New Year is for the Isle of Wight Council or the Government to impose "some form of public service obligation on ferry companies or provide an alternative".

Friday, 22nd December, 2017 1:40pm

By Helen Symes with 5 readers' comments

Allow landowners to temporarily divert footpaths, say CLA

cows in field

Where there is a risk of harm to the public, dogs or livestock, landowners have called for a common-sense measure to allow them to divert footpaths on a temporary basis.

Friday, 17th November, 2017 6:54pm

By Helen Symes with 6 readers' comments