Defra is the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on the environment, food and rural affairs.

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Secretary of State live guardian.co.uk Q&A today from 1.15pm

At 1.15pm this afternoon the Secretary of State, Caroline Spelman, will be live on the guardian.co.uk website answering a broad range of questions from the public. Read more...

Thursday 3 June 2010

Fish for Life wins prestigious award for Youngs

Young’s the fish producer, part of Findus group, was yesterday announced as the winner of the European Business Awards for the Environment for their ‘Fish for Life’ programme for sustainably sourcing fish for their range of products. Read more...

Thursday 3 June 2010

Economic research on farm viability and direct payments published

The Dutch research institute LEI has today published a Defra-funded academic study of farm viability without direct payments, ‘Farm Viability in the European Union’. Read more...

Tuesday 1 June 2010

Caroline Spelman highlights Defra priorities

Defra Secretary of State Caroline Spelman outlined to Parliament some of the key priorities facing the department yesterday and reaffirmed the Government's pledge to be the greenest in UK history. Read more...

Friday 28 May 2010

Bovine disease compensation payable during June 2010

Compensation payable during June 2010, in England (and in Wales and Scotland for BSE only) for a bovine animal compulsorily slaughtered for disease control purpose. Read more...

Friday 28 May 2010