French wine shortage: Farmers suffer worst frost damage since 1990 and smallest harvest for 40 years

French winemakers have suffered the worst frost damage to their crops since the 1990s as fears grow that grape vines could yield the smallest harvest for 40 years.  The damage done by several nights’ of frost this week threatens to destroy grape harvests in some of the country’s best-known and prestigious wine-producing regions. Farmers across the country lit … Read more

Farmers slam Blue Peter for encouraging children to stop eating meat for climate change challenge

Farmers and parents have slammed Blue Peter for encouraging children to stop eating meat after the TV show urged viewers to go vegetarian for a climate change challenge.  The children’s series is offering green badges – similar to the famous blue ones – to youngsters who are environmentally friendly as part of a two-week pledge. Sports … Read more

Adorable moment sheepdog puppies gambol in the spring sunshine with farmer’s pet lamb

Will ewe be my friend? Adorable moment sheepdog puppies gambol in the spring sunshine with farmer’s pet lamb Thumper Adorable scene as pair of four-week-old border collie pups meet lamb Thumper  The tiny sheepdog puppies were happy to take their cue from the lamb – for now  By Isabella Nikolic For Mailonline Published: 01:55 BST, … Read more

The son of Australian farmers at centre of David Cameron ‘lobbying’ scandal

A tycoon at the centre of a lobbying scandal engulfing David Cameron was given extraordinary access to No10 and struck a controversial NHS deal reportedly rejected by civil servants which profited banks.  Australian financier Lex Greensill was allegedly granted a security pass and team of civil servants during Mr Cameron’s time in Downing Street so … Read more

Fizzy drinks lorry spills thousands of bottles of Coca-Cola and Fanta into a farmer’s field

Diet coke SHAKE! 18-wheel fizzy drinks lorry crashes through farmer’s fence spilling thousands of bottles of Coca-Cola and Fanta into field The 18-wheel HGV came off the A697 in Thrunton, Northumberland on Saturday morning, crashing through a farmer’s fence The vehicle overturned, spilling thousands of bottles of Fanta, Diet Coke and water into a field … Read more

Queensland farmers who hosted Prince Harry in 2003 ‘respect’ he and Meghan after royal interview

Prince Harry tested the waters of a ‘normal life’ long before officially quitting the palace when he put on muddy boots and a cowboy hat to muster cattle in Outback Queensland.    When Harry was just 19 years old – and third in line to the throne – he spent three months living on Tooloombilla Station … Read more

Nigerian farmers can sue Shell in England over Niger Delta oil spills, supreme court rules

Thousands of Nigerian farmers and fishermen can sue Royal Dutch Shell in English law courts after years of oil spills in the Niger Delta, Supreme Court judges have ruled. The Ogale and Bille communities living along the Niger Delta allege their lives and health have suffered because repeated oil spills have contaminated the land, swamps, … Read more

As 100,000 pigs languish in limbo, no wonder one in six of our farmers is threatening to sell up 

Squelching through a field full of enormous pregnant sows — some of which have become alarmingly over-friendly — Norfolk pig-farmer Rob Mutimer endeavours to ease my trepidation. ‘Don’t worry, they’re very placid,’ he says, adding with a mischievous grin: ‘Except for the 24 hours after they’ve given birth, when they turn into complete psychopaths.’ Seconds … Read more

Puppy farmers banned from keeping dogs indefinitely

Three puppy farmers have today have been banned from keeping dogs indefinitely and have also been given suspended jail terms for offences of cruelty and neglect of puppies they bred. At Gloucester Crown Court Jeremy Awdry, 71, of Jubilee Villa, Coleford Road, Bream, Glos, admitted failing to meet an animal’s needs on three occasions and … Read more

Farmers’ protests: India blasts Rihanna’s supporting tweet that sparks support from Greta Thunberg 

India has slammed a tweet by international pop star Rihanna as ‘irresponsible’ after she voiced support to the protesting farmers in the country. The singer’s tweet quickly drew a global outpouring of support from the likes of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg and US vice president’s niece Meena Harris. In response, the Indian authorities issued … Read more