Gareth Wyn Jones has been given an award by the National Farmers' Union for his regular farming updates on Twitter.
Farming groups have signed an open letter to the Natural Resources Minister calling for 'adequate compensation' following last month's snow
The Welsh Government have announced that laws preventing the burial of dead animals on farms are to be 'relaxed' for the next seven days.
A law rushed through the Assembly last month will be challenged in the Supreme Court. The Agriculture Sector (Wales) Bill replaces the system for setting farm workers' pay and conditions in England and Wales, which the UK Government said was no longer needed.
The Attorney General, Dominic Grieve, has asked the Court to decide if the Bill is about agriculture, which is devolved to the Assembly, or employment rights, which are reserved to Westminster. The Welsh Government now cannot send the Bill for Royal Assent until -and unless- it wins in court.
– Welsh Government spokesperson
The Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill was passed by the National Assembly in July. The Bill will encourage new entrants into the agricultural industry and will help the sector to enhance and retain important skills in order to ensure the future prosperity of the sector.
The Attorney General in the UK Government has decided to refer the Agricultural Sector (Wales) Bill to the Supreme Court as he is unconvinced that it is within competence of the National Assembly. The Welsh Government disagrees and we continue to maintain that the Bill is within the legislative competence of the Assembly.
The Court will make its ruling later this year. The UK Government "intends to seek to continue" the old agricultural wages system in Wales until the Supreme Court decides the matter. The Conservatives, who opposed the Bill, say the Welsh Government has brought the court case upon itself.
The Welsh Labour Government was warned numerous times that they may not have the power to interfere in agricultural wages, so this referral to the Supreme Court is not a surprise. Labour Ministers rushed this bill through the Assembly using the emergency procedure to prevent proper engagement with and scrutiny by Assembly Members, farming unions and the agricultural industry, resulting in sloppy legislation and doubts over competence.
– Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs Antoinette Sandbach AM
A cynic would think Labour Ministers wanted this Bill to end up in the Supreme Court as most of what they do is motivated by identifying differences between themselves and the UK Government. Labour Ministers should ditch their childish party political motives and start acting like a government by taking measured and considered steps to improve conditions for people in Wales.
An award-winning North Wales farmer has launched a campaign to have an aisle in every supermarket for food produced nearby.
Gareth Wyn Jones says supermarkets should promote hyper-local produce in the same way that they market food from other countries.
Ian Lang reports.
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Tosh John says "it's about time... i refuse to buy food that's been flown half way around the world".
Steven Williams thinks it'll be "brilliant for both the farming industry and the economy".
But Karen Anderson says "a local aisle is all well and good , but will we have to pay extra for the privilege?"
Iain Thomas Sullivan isn't so worried. He reckons: "Excellent idea, supporting local producers, boosting local economy and raising awareness to locals and visitors/tourists of what's in the area".
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"I've been thinking a lot after the disaster we had this spring" says farmer Gareth Wyn Jones.
"We produce some fantastic stuff in Wales. Why can't we sell it locally?"
"There are some fantastic butchers and whole food places, and I think supermarkets should be getting on board".
A farmer from Llanfairfechan has launched a campaign to have a local produce aisle in every supermarket.
Gareth Wyn Jones wants all supermarkets to stock an aisle of homegrown produce to help the local economy and give consumers a choice of what they buy.
Mr Wyn Jones said: "I got the idea a few years ago while in France when all the supermarkets there were stocking local produce. Asda and Tesco have already tweeted me to say they will consider the idea."
The Welsh Government has set out how it wants to change the system of subsidies paid to farmers. At the *Royal Welsh Show, *Natural Resources Minister, Alun Davies launched a consultation on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy, which is being cut across Europe over the next few years.
Wales' agriculture minister Alun Davies is seeking views on how Common Agricultural Policy payments should be made to farmers in Wales up to the end of the decade.
At a question and answer session at the Royal Welsh Show he will set out his proposals for how the basic payment system should work.
The Minister will propose a five year transition to an area based payment system founded on land categories that recognise the different characteristics and productivity of different land types.
Mr Davies says he will take a robust approach to capping large payments that will go beyond Europe's mandatory requirements and will in addition place a 100% cap on payments over €300,000
Alun Davies said, "I have opposed decisions supported by the UK Government that will see CAP fall by €55 billion across the EU in this round but realistically we all know that the coming reform period to 2020 is probably the first step in a longer term trend of falling public support.
"I cannot stress enough that this coming period of guaranteed support - which no other sort of business enjoys -is one that must be used to prepare for the likelihood of a further reduction in direct payments after 2020."
The consultation will run from 23 July until 15 October. The Minister hopes to make final decisions on these proposals at the end of the year.
The Welsh Assembly has voted to regulate farm workers' wages after the UK Government last month ended controls for England and Wales. The legislation was rushed through the Senedd this week under emergency procedures that enabled it to be passed before AMs began their summer recess.
The decision to introduce this Bill with such urgency was not one we took lightly. However, swift and decisive action was necessary to ensure we are able to provide continuous support to our agricultural sector beyond 1 October 2013. By preserving the provisions of the 2012 Agricultural Wages Order in Wales we are providing continuity of a statutory regime that is well-known and respected by the sector; a regime that acknowledges the distinctiveness of Welsh agriculture, supports skill development and encourages new entrants into the industry.
– Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies AM
This is a significant moment in the history of our Assembly as for the first time in the history of this body we have used emergency procedures to bring forward a Bill. Agriculture is a fundamental part of Wales’s economy, identity and rural heritage. I am very pleased that we have passed a Bill that will strengthen our agricultural industry and protect our rural communities
The bill will not become law until the Queen has given Royal Assent. The Assembly Government must first wait to see if the UK Government decides to ask the Supreme Court if the legislation essentially an agricultural measure and so within the Assembly's competence.
If it was seen as employment legislation it could be struck down as being outside the powers granted to the Assembly by Westminster.