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Update on farming

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In Dorset CPRE’s campaigning, our main concern is with factors that influence the beauty and diversity of our countryside, and the health of rural communities.

In Dorset CPRE’s campaigning, our main concern is with factors that influence the beauty and diversity of our countryside, and the health of rural communities. We are deeply concerned to support farmers, for without a prosperous farming sector there is little hope that the countryside will be well maintained. We strongly support local foods, which are good for farmers, consumers and the countryside. 

Dorset CPRE launched a new initiative in 2017 to promote local food and drink producers. This follows on from a campaign to help village shops face the relentless onslaught from supermarkets. It sponsors a class, Best Village Shop, in the Best Dorset Village Competition run by Dorset Community Action. It also organised a retailing seminar for local shopkeepers. Dorset CPRE strongly believes too in supporting farmers, especially the more environmentally responsible ones, at a time when the whole question of farm subsidies is up for debate given Brexit.

New farmers and new small farms can kick-start agricultural revolution

The Brexit vote offers a chance for farming to become more diverse and environmentally resilient, say countryside campaigners. A report released on 18th August 2016 by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) argues that farming in England needs to become more diverse to prove environmentally resilient and publicly accessible over the coming years.

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