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Farmers fears over EU farm policy changes

There's a battle brewing in the countryside following a Government decision to divert European subsidies away from payments to farmers, and spend them on environmental schemes instead.

But it seems the decision hasn't pleased anyone.

Farmers fear changing the subsidies could mean they struggle against their European counterparts.

But environmentalists say the decision doesn't go far enough to protect wildlife.

John Andrews has been assessing the potential impact of the changes.

Hopes for EU farming grants

The south west's small farmers are hoping for good news on grants today.

The government is expected to switch more money from the European Common Agricultural Policy to grants for looking after the landscape and wildlife.

The south west gets more money than any other region for so-called environmental stewardship schemes.

The south west's small farmers are hoping for good news on grants today. Credit: ITV News West Country

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Royal show goes on despite weather disruption

The sheep marquee was closed because of the high winds Credit: ITV Westcountry

Day two of the Royal Cornwall Show is underway despite strong winds and heavy showers. Organisers say a virtually full programme of entertainment will take place in the main ring and all main sections will be up and running.

Yesterday, sheep had to be evacuated from their marquee which was closed yesterday because of waterlogged ground and high winds.

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