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Agriculture Community Government Lurgan Upper Bann Westminster

Lockhart Presses DEFRA for Farm Support

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has written to the DEFRA Secretary of State, George Eustice, to press for Government to take immediate and significant steps to help support primary producers at this time of economic pressures on farms. As DUP Spokesperson on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at Westminster, Mrs Lockhart said: “Farmers across Northern […]

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Agriculture Community Council Government NMD Council South Armagh

Magennis Calls for Red Diesel Changes to be Reversed

Sinn Féin Councillor Oonagh Magennis has called on the British government to reverse the changes to red diesel entitlements which come into force.   The Slieve Gullion Councillor said: “The British government needs to reverse its decision to end the red diesel rebate. “These changes will hit businesses in construction, quarrying and manufacturing which are already […]

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Agriculture Community Government Lurgan Upper Bann Westminster

Lockhart Welcomes Poots Support for Agricultural Shows

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has commended Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA for providing £200,000 of support for local agricultural shows. The Minister announced the “Bounce Back” funding to help shows recover from the impact of the pandemic. Carla Lockhart said: “I have been working alongside representatives of local agricultural shows to press home the […]

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Community Council Government Lurgan NMD Council

Tannaghmore Farm Welcomes BBC Countryfile’s Adam Henson

Even the rain didn’t dampen spirits down at Tannaghmore Rare Breeds Animal Farm as the team welcomed Countryfile favourite and son of Rare Breed’s Survival Trust founder, Adam Henson for a special tour. Owned and maintained by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough (ABC) Council, the farm is the only Rare Breed’s Survival Trust (RBST) […]

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Agriculture Government Lurgan Politics Upper Bann Westminster

Government Pressure Regarding Red Diesel Taxation – Lockhart

DUP MP Carla Lockhart has been leading the charge in Westminster with regards to the proposed change in red diesel rebate for industries such as construction, haulage, waste and generator powered businesses.  She had engaged cross party support for her campaign and has been supported by many of the leading industry federations.  1st April is […]

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Agriculture Community Government Newry South Armagh South Down Stormont

Minister Celebrates Success of His Rural Development Programme Across Newry, Mourne and Down

Rural Affairs Minister Edwin Poots MLA, has attended an event at Killeavy Castle in Newry to celebrate Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership’s success in delivering his Department’s Rural Development ‘LEADER’ Programme.  In total, 76 projects across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area received funding, with 14 community facilities developed or refurbished […]

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Agriculture Armagh Crime

Farmer Convicted at Armagh Court

Mr William Robert Gordon McNiece (57), Crossdall Road, Middletown, Armagh was convicted at Armagh Magistrates’ Court on 7 March 2022 of one charge of transporting an animal that was not fit for the journey. Mr McNiece pleaded guilty and was fined £200 plus £15 offender levy. The case arose when a DAERA Official Veterinary (OV) […]

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Agriculture Government Upper Bann Westminster

Partial Climb Down on Use of Red Diesel Welcomed – Lockhart

DUP Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has welcomed a partial climb down by the Government on the use of Red Diesel in tractors following clarity from the Government concerning agriculture shows, ploughing matches, cutting verges and hedges, clearing snow, gritting and clearing or otherwise dealing with flooding.  Ms Lockhart has been working on this issue […]

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Agriculture Climate Community Government Stormont

£2.9million Funding For Environmental Projects

Environment Minister Edwin Poots MLA has announced £2.9million funding for the delivery of 22 environmental projects across Northern Ireland during an oral statement to the NI Assembly. The Environment Fund for 2022 / 2023 will enable the not-for-profit organisations and councils to deliver key environmental projects that will focus on habitat restoration; species monitoring; enhancement […]

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Agriculture Council Government NMD Council South Armagh

Sheep Farms Neglected in Agriculture Proposals – Magennis

Sinn Féin Councillor, Oonagh Magennis has said that sheep farms, particularly those in ANC areas, will be severely impacted if the Agriculture Minister does not change his future agriculture policy proposals. The Slieve Gullion councillor said:   “When the Single Farm Payment system came in, sheep farmers in LFA/ANC areas historically had entitlement values below the regional […]