3:26 am, Tue 21 May 2013 Duke warns of poaching dangers
African elephants face extinction 'within a decade'
African elephant populations face possible extinction within a decade because of ivory poaching, campaigners have warned.
WWF said that both black and white rhino are under unprecedented attack for their horn, which is being traded as a lifestyle drug, while wild tiger numbers across Asia have dropped by more than 90% in the last 100 years.
At an event today the Prince of Wales and the
Duke of Cambridge will speak alongside Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to guests from countries affected by the illegal wildlife trade.
They will urge for stricter laws against the criminals involved and help for rural communities to find viable alternatives to illegal wildlife trade.
. Read more about the Stop the Illegal Wildlife Trade campaign here
2:23 am, Tue 21 May 2013 Duke warns of poaching dangers
Princes to urge for step up in law enforcement
The Prince of Wales and
Prince William will address guests from 26 countries on the 'serious crime' that is the illegal wildlife trade.
Speaking with Environment Secretary
Owen Paterson they will call for a global partnership and urgent action to end wildlife crime. They will call for: A reduction in demand for endangered wildlife products in markets around the world
A step up in law enforcement against the criminals involved
Help for local/rural communities to find viable alternatives to illegal wildlife trade
Read: Wildlife rangers fight to save elephants from poaching extinction
7:56 am, Wed 08 May 2013 Minister hosts farming summit
Livestock farmer: 'Things are undoubtedly tough'
Tim Jones, a livestock farmer from Worcestershire, told Daybreak that "things are undoubtedly tough" for farmers.
Farmer Tim Jones says things are "tough" at the moment.
He said a harsh winter has been followed by a run of dry weather, which has left livestock farmers like him, "desperately short of grass" for the sheep.
"Input costs have gone up, with animal feed now 18% more expensive than it was 12 months ago", he added.
5:00 am, Wed 08 May 2013 Minister hosts farming summit
Wheat crops 'written off' because of bad weather
Food prices are likely to rise after UK
farmers reported a poor harvest due to the rainy summer.
Today Environment Secretary
Owen Paterson will address farming representatives at a summit which will discuss ways of improving farmers' access to financial support.
The NFU's March 2013 cereals update showed: A decline in winter wheat of around 12%, with some crops written off, the crop will rely on good growing conditions from now on
Demand of winter barley and oats has declined, and planting has suffered, winter oats could in stead be replaced by spring oats
A quarter of oilseed rape is in a "very poor condition"
2:30 am, Wed 08 May 2013 Minister hosts farming summit
Could the British weather be getting wetter?
Owen Paterson will host a summit for farming representatives, charities and banks to discuss the effects of last year's bad weather on the industry.
Following the second wettest year since records began, farmers have warned that heavy rainfall could affect the price of food.
Long-term averages of 30-year periods show an increase in annual rainfall of about 5% from 1961-1990 to 1981-2010:
Source: Met Office
2:09 am, Wed 08 May 2013 Minister hosts farming summit
Owen Paterson: We should be proud of our farmers
Owen Paterson said the UK should be "proud" of the "fantastic" job farmers do.
He will hold a summit today to discuss the financial worries of many farmers after a year of bad weather.
Read: Weetabix cereal production hit by poor harvest
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson
Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
He added: "This last year has been particularly tough.
Farming contributes a huge amount to our environment and our economy.
"We want to ensure that farmers are able to deal with challenges like bad weather, to grow their businesses, create new jobs and help the country compete in the global race."
Read: Poor weather affects the summer harvest
1:09 am, Wed 08 May 2013 Minister hosts farming summit
Minister hosts summit to help farmers after 'tough' year
A landmark summit will be held by Environment Secretary
Owen Paterson to help farmers after a "particularly tough" year.
Read: Farmers warn wet weather will push up food prices
A vehicle manages to get across the flooded Somerset Levels during heavy rain last year
Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Banks, charities and farming representatives will attend the meeting at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Ways of improving farmers' access to financial support after a year of bad weather will be discussed.
Read: Wet weather misery sweeps the UK
2:36 pm, Fri 22 Mar 2013
Bill Oddie's tirade against Environment Secretary
TV presenter and bird lover Bill Oddie has launched an online tirade against the Environment Secretary
Writing on his Twitter account, Mr Oddie voices a long list of grievances against the Secretary which include his alleged support of the badger cull, pesticides that harm bees and the hunting act.
Mr Paterson, who does not have a Twitter account, does not appear to have responded to the accusations so far.
5:48 pm, Wed 27 Feb 2013 Beef withdrawn over horsemeat
Businesses 'need to win back confidence' amid scandal
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson told the National Farmers' Union's annual conference that food business operators need to "get out there and win back the confidence of their customers" following the horsemeat scandal.
Mr Paterson said it was the "primary responsibility" of these businesses to ensure food is of the right quality and correctly labelled before it is sold.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson addressing the conference in Birmingham.
Credit: Reuters TV
He told the audience, "It is totally unacceptable that anyone should buy something labelled beef and end up with horsemeat. That is fraud".
"I am determined that this criminal activity should be stopped and that anyone who has defrauded the customer must feel the full force of law", he added.
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