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The appointment of Michael Gove as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural affairs was viewed with caution by the farming community. Previously as Justice Minister and before that Minister for Education he is well remembered by anyone involved in schools whether education authorities, governors, headteachers, staff, parents even children.  But it appears in his new role in Whitehall “Govey” is heralding a new era for the way we farmers manage our land.  Convinced of the imminent and wholesale destruction of our soils he announced

” Countries can withstand coup d’état, wars and conflict, even leaving the EU but no country can withstand the loss of its soil and fertility”

He added that we are 30-40 years away from the fundamental eradication of soil fertility and cannot continue with systems of farming damaging the earth with massive machinery and drenching the soils with chemicals. No, he said, we need a new agriculture promoting mixed farming practise, a tapestry of land use where farmers, their livestock and wildlife would thrive together. In addition, 11 million trees will be planted and effective soil monitoring restored. British agriculture will be great again, pioneering sustainable farming practises and so the envy of the world. (To consider that his statement had anything to do with the need to save £3 billion of subsidies would be unfair.) For Stephen and his family, farming with sheep, cattle, arable, woodland and conservation at Rushall  this is all good news.  Not quite in the same league as the good news which a previous generation of shepherds heard over 2000 years ago which did change the world

An angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them “Do not be afraid I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people.  Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you; you will find the baby wrapped in clothes and lying in a manger”

They went and found Christ ……. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which was just as they had been told.” Luke 3 8-20

John Bishop