No doubt when the new Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, meets farmers as he visits agricultural shows across the country, he will soon pick up the idea that such behaviour is unacceptable.
I rather suspect Mr Gove is receiving a mixed bag of messages from farmers and ‘interested parties’, all giving their views regarding Brexit.
Let us hope he listens to the farmers who actually work on, and care for the land and countryside, as opposed to the views of organisation such as the NFU, CLA, South Downs National Park Authority, and environmental agencies.
These along with charities such as the RSPB, have their own political agenda, and are caught up in a power struggle for supremacy, as well as being desperate for a slice of the financial cake.
The Minister will receive a variety of views regarding future financial support, once we are no longer under the Common Agricultural Policy directive (CAP), from all concerned.
Some are already hoping to persuade Mr Gove that any future UK funding, post 2022, would be safe in their hands, giving them the power to distribute as they see fit.
God help the farming industry if that were to happen. The RPA (Rural Payment Agency) has been fairly useless to date, but the idea of handing funds to agencies such as the SDNPA, is utterly absurd, definitely dangerous, and should be rigorously opposed. Their record to date is far from farmer friendly.
I would be impressed if Mr Gove recognises now is the time to change his title. Farming must be top of his agenda and therefore, it would be more appropriate to have a Minister for Agriculture and the Countryside, or Farming, Food and the Countryside. The countryside is the environment, and as for ‘rural affairs’ whatever does it mean? Hanky panky in the wheat fields?!
The two ton bucket on the Merlo telehandler is used only for our moving grain. On it is a notice which says, ‘Do not in any circumstance use for transporting ‘farmyard muck’! (FYM)
The amount of proverbial toxic muck, being spouted by certain individuals following the Manchester bombing, General Election, Grenfell Tower inferno and massacres in London, would not only overfill, but contaminate beyond redemption our ‘grain only’, two ton bucket.
It beggars belief that anyone is taken in by the utter malicious rubbish emitting from Glastonbury, the BBC and other airwaves, the Guardian and social media.
Sadly where embers lurk, it takes but a small puff of wind to create a lethal inferno, as recently witnessed. Targeted misinformation is fanning the flames of the current deep concerns and agitation caused by these horrors, particularly amongst the naïve young, and extremists of all persuasions. Gullible as they are, this underground rumble is now in danger of erupting onto the surface.
Those who are stirring them up, particularly elected politicians, should be ashamed of themselves. Their actions are irresponsible and dangerous, for it is not they who will get hurt, or have to clear up the results of their irresponsibility, but once again our brave and overstretched emergency services.
We expect to see combine harvesters rolling across the countryside before long, as the winter barley is rapidly ripening. Considering the lack of rain, the crops look remarkably well, and as often happens with dry summers, the risk of disease and aphid attacks has been minimal, a relief as chemical spraying is costly.
The main danger now is heavy rain and wind which will flatten the crop making harvesting difficult. We badly need good yields and some sensible prices.