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Leading farmer arrested after police find cannabis plants

A member of the Dartmoor Park Authority has been arrested and bailed by police following the discovery of 189 cannabis plants at a farm in Devon.

69 year old John Shears, from Chagford near Newton Abbot, is a former branch chairman of the National Farmers Union.

John Shears, a former NFU branch chairman was arrested following a raid by police at a farm in Devon. Credit: ITV West Country

Devon and Cornwall Police also arrested three other men on suspicion of production of Class B drugs.

All four men were questioned at Launceston Police Station in Cornwall and are due to answer bail on August 7.

Farmer calls for EA compensation

A farmer from Somerset says contractors used by the Environment Agency have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to his land - and he hasn't received any compensation.

James Hall's yard at Northmoor was used to store vehicles and building equipment during the flooding on the Levels. Now he's been told that the Environment Agency plans to use his land again.

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Flood farmer in dispute with Environment Agency

James Hall on his farm in Somerset Credit: ITV West Country News

A farmer from Somerset says he's been insulted by the Environment Agency after they threatened to bring cranes onto his land without his permission.

James Hall's yard at Northmoor was used by contractors during the flooding on the Somerset Levels causing around £8,500 worth of damage.

Now the Agency need to use the space again to remove pumps from a nearby river. But James says he can't afford any more disruption.

Dairy farmers protest again over milk prices

Dairy farmers have been protesting outside the Robert Wiseman processing plant in Bridgwater. Credit: ITV Westcountry

Angry farmers blockaded a Bridgwater dairy processing plant last night, for the third time in the space of a week, in protest at milk price cuts they claim are crippling their livelihood.

Protest group Farmers For Action organised blockades at several UK dairies, including Bridgwater's Robert Wiseman Dairy. The action follows the company's announcement that it's cutting its milk price by 1.7p per litre from August 1.

Meanwhile, Milk supplier Dairy Crest bowed to pressure today and agreed to put its planned milk price cut on hold for at least two months, after protests from farmers.

Farmers say if Somerset-based Robert Wiseman Dairy doesn't do the same they'll be protesting at the plant again tonight.

Milk price code to be finalised by end of August

A voluntary code agreed by farmers and milk processors will be finalised by the end of August. Politicians arranged a crunch meeting today following blockades at milk processing plants across the country by farmers.

The finer details of the code will now be finalised by all parties by the end of August. The code means in future, contracts between farmers and dairy processors will be freely negotiated, fairer and more transparent.

– GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN

As part of the agreement, individual farmers can negotiate contracts - covering issues such as pricing and notice periods. Farmers will also have the ability to leave contracts "more easily" if they are unhappy with the price they receive.

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BREAKING: Milk price code agreement

A deal has been agreed between dairy farmers and milk processors. The meeting was called by farming minister Jim Paice after protests from dairy farmers from the Westcountry and across Britain over cuts to the price they are paid for their milk.

The agreement regards establishing a voluntary code of practice for those within the industry - but terms and conditions have yet to be finalised.

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