CAP reform – CLA statement and a crying killdeer

I’m grateful to the CLA for sending me their statement on CAP reform, a matter of great importance to their membership: A CLA spokesman said: “There has been comment on a rumour that Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso is proposing to cut the funds for the Rural Development (second) pillar of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)…

EU CAP cuts – it’s your money – what are they saying?

I heard my former colleagues Martin Harper and Gareth Morgan spelling out the threats to Pillar 2 of the CAP early this morning. Doesn’t it sound dull?  Pillar 2?  CAP?  But it’s about the life in our countryside and how our money is spent.  The losses of wildlife in the farmed countryside have been huge…

It’s your money

I’m picking up very worrying rumours that there are cuts afoot in the funding for farming, and the impacts of these cuts could dramatically affect how much wildlife you see on your walks in the countryside. The way that farming is funded, by you, the taxpayer, is not completely straight forward and varies across the…