Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Praise Will Help Farmers Look after Countryside, Says NFU

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Praise Will Help Farmers Look after Countryside, Says NFU

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Farming and growing's environmental performance is on the up and environmental groups, quangos and the Government need to acknowledge the industry's recent achievements, says the NFU.

NFU president Peter Kendall told delegates at the first joint conference between the NFU and the RSPB this week that the countryside was in the best shape it had been since the war.

He said: "In recent years, it has become fashionable to play down the importance of farming, especially the industry's core business of food production.

"It has also been fashionable to highlight farming's negative impact on the environment. I am not denying that there have been tensions between the needs of wildlife and farming practices, but with changing priorities the industry is evolving and we're becoming better at putting the environment higher up the agenda.

"As the Countryside Agency's new agricultural landscape report has just concluded, after 33 years of study, the countryside is in better heart than it has been since the war. …

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