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National Farmers Union president Meurig Raymond speaking to our columnist Heather Jan Brunt last year

FARMING MATTERS: Guaranteed support for farmers following Brexit

The guarantee by the Treasury that farming will continue to be financially supported by the British government up to 2020 in the wake of Brexit has given much needed clarity to farmers, and this is welcomed by the National Farmers Union (NFU).The news should mean that farmers can count on receiving financial aid for, amongst other things, agri-environmental schemes already in place, to take them through to their conclusion.

The late 6th Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor

FARMING MATTERS: The death of the Duke of Westminster

The landed and titled aristocracy of our country is very much a feature of our nation’s history, and like many people I have very mixed feelings about it.

nic miller

Nicola Miller: Why chamoy deserves to be better known outside of its homeland

The craze for fermentation, pickling and preserving continues unabated and in the food media, it is largely unfettered from concerns about getting through seasonal food gaps alive. Our concern is more boredom-driven. How can we enliven our weekday meal staples, those dishes that we cook and rotate regularly?

Countryfile Live will take place at Blenheim Palace during August 2016

Countryfile Live is now on at Blenheim Palace

Countryfile is one of the most popular programmes on television and the very first Countryfile Live opened at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Thursday.

A Sussex vineyard

English vineyards continue to grow

The popularity of English wines - particularly sparkling - continues to increase unabated.

Picpoul De Pinet wine

Is Picpoul the new Chardonnay?

Is it just my imagination or is the white wine Picpoul de Pinet trying for world dominance - or at least UK dominance - in the grape variety stakes?

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