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Anaerobic Digestion Plant

Neil visited Viridor's Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plant in Walpole, Somerset.

Since opening in 2013, the plant is successfully processing all household food waste collected for recycling in Somerset. It also has spare capacity for food waste from commercial sources. 

South West Growth Summit

Neil took part in the South West Growth summit - a major forum on how we can grow the economy of the West Country. Neil focused his remarks on getting better broadband and all South West councils working together to make their voice heard by Government.

Carbon Capture Technology

Neil took part in a debate on 'carbon capture' - a technology that captures carbon emissions from power and industry. The carbon is then stored to stop it being released into the atmosphere and contributing to the greenhouse effect.

Meeting US Agriculture Secretary

Neil welcomed the US Secretary of State for Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, to Westminster for the Georgian's first official meeting in Europe.

New Zealand Lamb quotas after Brexit

In questions to the Department for International Trade, I asked the Secretary of State, Liam Fox, about trade in New Zealand lamb post Brexit. You can read our exchange below.

Rare Breeds Survival Trust

Neil spoke at the Rare Breed's Survival Trust event on how we can save more of the UK's native livestock breeds. 

The event raised plans to collect the DNA of rare species to save them from extinction. You can read more about the even at this link. 

 

Meeting with Danish Agriculture Committee

As Chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Neil welcomed his counterparts in the Danish Agriculture Committee to Parliament.

Neil said:

Backing British Farming

Neil signed the National Farmers' Union pledge board on Back British Farming Day.

Farmers in the South West contribute £1.25 billion to the local economy and provides 66,079 jobs – this is on top of the safe, affordable food farmers produce and British countryside they maintain.

Neil grills Michael Gove

The new Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Neil, welcomed Secretary of State, Michael Gove, for a 90 minute evidence session on the work of his Department.