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Field Talk – Autumn 2010

Welcome to the Autumn edition of our Agricultural Law Briefing

With the coalition government seeing in sweeping reforms in virtually every sector of UK business life, agriculture is not escaping the changes. Many are most welcome, some less so.

The one issue, dominating all at the current time is the badger/TB conundrum. With the launch of the public consultation to consider the options for control of the disease, the government has signalled that it is prepared to entertain a limited cull. It is now the responsibility of the industry to rise to the challenge and take a proper part in that consultation.

Prince Charles has recently argued that the term “industry” is inappropriate for the agricultural business of the UK.  Whether or not such a term denotes an overriding focus on growth, as suggested, the farming industry most definitely needs to join together in facing the challenges and exploiting the opportunities ahead.

In this edition of Fieldtalk, we explore some of the current live topics: the law behind the badger cull proposal; the very real threats from the animal rights lobby; the scrapping of a compulsory retirement age and new opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

We hope you enjoy Fieldtalk. As ever, please do contact us for a no-obligation discussion if you need further advice.

Field Talk is Clarke Willmott’s quarterly update on agricultural law, looking at recent cases and opinions from our lawyers.

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