NSA Members Update - 18th May

By Suffolk Sheep Society 21st May, 2012

Optimistic outlook, New deadline date for Nuffield award applications this year, NSA launches new initiative to support the sheep keepers of the future, New French Agriculture Minister

Optimistic outlook

Nearly two thirds of sheep and beef farmers are planning to invest in their business in the next 12 months according to a recent EBLEX survey. The survey found 60% of respondents are planning significant investment which reflects growing confidence in the sector.

[LINK; www.eblex.org.uk;Eblex;;;Y]

New deadline date for Nuffield award applications this year. Completed online forms need to be submitted by 31 July 2012. Providing funding for individual travel and study, Scholarships are renowned for making an invaluable contribution to both personal and professional development. Applicants applying this year will be considered for scholarships commencing February 2013. To qualify, applicants must be working in the farming or related industries and be UK residents aged between 22 and 45 years of age at the application date. To read current scholar blogs and for more information visit

[LINK;www.nuffieldscholar.org;Nuffield Scholar;;;Y]

or contact Nuffield Director John Stones on

[PHONE;01858 55 55 44;]

NSA launches new initiative to support the sheep keepers of the future

NSA Sheep 2012 on 4th July will host the launch of NSA’s Young Entrants Initiative. The initiative brings together partners from all aspects of the sheep sector. This is the start of a long-term campaign, led by NSA, to be able support young entrants by providing guidance, information, contacts and advice working in conjunction with partners across the entire sector. Thanks to initiative partners which include: EBLEX; VION; the Livestock Auctioneers Association; the Nuffield Scholarship; Dunbia; Mole Valley Farmers. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

 New French Agriculture Minister
Stephane Le Foll, chief of staff to French President-elect Francois Hollande, may become minister of agriculture in a new government, Ouest France reported on its website. Le Foll, 52, was elected to the European Parliament in 2004. He sits on the parliament’s Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, and in 2009 wrote a report on European Union agriculture and climate change. There is an unwritten rule amongst UK farmers that when it comes to defending the position of farmers in Europe - let the French do it. The land tenure system in France means that a higher proportion of the population have in an interest in farming and as such tend to be more vociferous in defending the CAP.
On the greening of the agricultural policy, Le Foll is on record as saying "Of course farming needs to take a positive approach to environmental issues. In particular, it needs to focus on the European element and ensure that it is factored in by incorporating environmental issues into the first pillar". He has also advocated that the agriculture budget remains at its current level.

[LINK; http://www.farming.co.uk/news/article/6506;Farming News;;;Y]



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