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Final day for signing petition calling for a minimum milk price

It's been a volatile year for milk prices Credit: Reuters

It's the last day for dairy farmers in the West to sign a petition asking the Government to introduce minimum milk prices.

So far over 30,000 people have pledged their support, but more than 100,000 signatures are needed for it to be debated in parliament.

In October last year over a hundred farmers gathered in Somerset in protest against falling milk prices.

You can find the petition here

200 miles...by tractor. Forage Aid kicks off a fundraising drive

Forage Aid fed many farm animals when the winter floods destroyed food supplies

The scheme which helped feed Somerset's farm animals during last year's floods is launching a fundraising drive today.

Forage Aid sent lorry-loads of food and straw during the crisis and now wants to become a fully-fledged charity.

A tractor plastered with their logo will embark on a three-day drive from Sedgemoor livestock market in Somerset to a renewable energy conference in Shropshire, raising money along the way.

The journey is nearly 200 miles.

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MPs: Dairy farmers need greater protection against falling milk prices

It's been a volatile year for dairy farmers Credit: Reuters

Dairy farmers need greater protection in the face of sharp falls in the price of milk, MPs have said.

Since last summer the dairy industry has been hit by significant falls in milk prices in the face of rising supply and falling demand, particularly from China and as a result of the Russian trade ban.

The sharp reversal in fortunes, coming after prices hit their highest level for several years, has been driving dairy farmers out of business every week, with the total number in the UK falling to below 10,000 for the first time.

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Government bows to pressure on forest bill

A trader in the Forest of Dean puts his point across Credit: ITV News

Campaigners win the Forest of Dean appear to have won a political victory.

Several hundred people protested against legislation which they say could have led to parts of the forest being sold to developers. But the government has agreed to include protection of forests in the Bill, following pressure from Labour in the House of Lords.

Rather than lose a vote and have to deal with it in the House of Commons where it could be a huge issue for MPs at this time if they get thousands of letters from people up and down the country who are concerned about the forests. Better to deal with it now in the Lords.

– Baroness Royall, Labour leader, House of Lords

Victory for Forest of Dean campaigners

Protesters who mounted a candlelit vigil in the Forest of Dean tonight appear to have won a political victory.

400 campaigners were at the event, protesting against legislation which they say could have led to parts of the forest being sold to developers.

However following Labour pressure in the House of Lords, the Government has agreed to include protection of forests in the Bill.

Protest over land transfer schemes for Forest of Dean

A woman walks through the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. Credit: PA

People in the Forest of Dean will protest this evening against forests being excluded from land transfer schemes. The issue will be debated in the House of Lords today. The protest - organised by 'Hands Off Our Forest' - will involve a procession of people with lanterns around the beauty spot Mallards Pike.

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NFU pleased with badger cull

NFU pleased with badger cull Credit: PA

The six week badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset officially ends today. It's the second year that badgers have been shot to try to stop them spreading TB to cattle. Last year the cull was extended because not enough animals had been killed. Protesters say it's been a failure again this year, but the National Farmer's Union disagree.

I think generally we are pretty pleased with how it has gone. In large parts of the area we are seeing very few badgers left on the ground now. Unfortunately there are one or two areas where we haven't been able to be as effective as we'd like to because of the actions of protesters but largely we are very happy with it.

– Andrew Guest, National Farmers' Union
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