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Lincolnshire farmers call for better flood protection

Farmers across lincolnshire are calling for more government investment to protect their land from flooding.

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Although many parts of the county have escaped the deluge thats been seen around the themes valley, they feel without future investment their crops and livelihoods could suffer too.

Some farmers have taken to dredging their own dykes as a last ditch attempt to prevent their land from flooding.

Farmers' race against time after storm

Farmers are facing a race against time to repair damaged flood defences on the Humber, with forecasts of another higher than normal tide on New Year's Day.

Earlier this month defences were overwhelmed by the worst storm surge in 60 years as it swept down the estuary, leaving hundreds of acres of farmland under sea water.

With the backing of the Environment Agency, farmers and landowners are currently carrying out repairs.



Charity offers health checks because farmers "notoriously bad" at visiting doctors

Heather Dawes, a nurse from the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network

Heather Dawes - a nurse who works for the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network - says farmers are notoriously bad for not going to the doctors because of their busy lifestyles.

Because of this she offers health screening as part of the charity's work.

The charity says there has been a 20 per cent increase in farmers contacting the charity - some threatening to take their lives.

Charity says farmers are threatening to commit suicide over industry decline

Alison Twiddy works for the Lincolnshire Rural Support network in Louth Credit: Kate Hemingway

A support charity for farmers in Lincolnshire says its recently helped at least five depressed farmers who were so down they were threatening to take their own lives.

The Lincolnshire Rural Support network in Louth says its seen a 20 percent year on year increase in farmers contacting it over the last two years. The charity is expecting more calls at the end of the summer as a result of the bad weather and the threat of diseases like bovine TB.

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Tesco vows to source meat from Britain

Tesco today announced it would be sourcing more meat from UK producers, as supermarkets came under pressure to sell more British food in the wake of the horsemeat scandal.

The supermarket giant's chief executive Philip Clarke told the National Farmers' Union annual conference:

Where it is reasonable to do so, we will source from British producers.

As a first step I announce that from July all of our fresh chicken must come from UK farmers. No exceptions.

And we will move over time to make sure all our chicken in all our products, fresh or frozen, is from the British Isles.

– Philip Clarke
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