Saturday 20 September, 2014

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Interview: Mole Valley Farmers' Keith Ockenden

Keith Ockenden, head of agriculture at Mole Valley Farmers, has helped to quintuple the co-operative's turnover in the past 10 years, to about £450m in 2014. He sets out his views on the future of the industry. Olivia Cooper reports.

Posted: 20 September 2014 | Full Article
Business clinic: Take care when insuring young drivers

Our 17-year-old son wants to start driving. What is the best approach on insurance?

Posted: 20 September 2014 | Full Article
How to manage your rent review with your landlord

Rent reviews can be a scary time for tenants, particularly when they affect both home and business. But taking time to be prepared and to understand your rights can help you take control.

Posted: 20 September 2014 | Full Article
Dairy farmers warn of fresh price protests

More than 400 dairy farmers from across the Midlands have voted to support a new wave of milk price protests unless processors move to reverse the latest...

Posted: 19 September 2014 | Full Article
Scotland independence: No vote wins

Scotland’s farmers and food processors will not be satisfied with a return to “business as usual” after the conclusive No vote in yesterday’s independence referendum.

Posted: 19 September 2014 | Full Article
10 common financial mistakes farmers make

Financial mistakes can cost you and your farming business dearly. Jez Fredenburgh asked three agricultural professionals what common mistakes to avoid

Posted: 19 September 2014 | Full Article
Let farm for sale on edge of Dartmoor

An unusual opportunity to acquire a let farm on the edge of Dartmoor has arisen with the sale of Lake Farm, near Yelverton.

Posted: 19 September 2014 | Full Article
2014 Farmers Weekly Farm Employer finalists revealed

Farm businesses that view people as a valuable asset are the ones that are built to last. Jane King had the privilege of meeting three distinct employers with one big achievement in common – they are all growing fast by creating great places to work

Posted: 19 September 2014 | Full Article
Pitfalls to avoid when buying agricultural land

Buying any property can be a risky process but agricultural land has its own pitfalls which set it apart from commercial and residential property. Here are the key dangers to avoid in a transaction.

Posted: 18 September 2014 | Full Article
Smaller farm units offer chance to start or expand

The land market may be quietening down but several smaller farms and parcels of land are still coming forward.

Posted: 18 September 2014 | Full Article
Revisit cashflow plans to identify pinch points

Farmers need to revisit cashflow plans to assess how they will ride out what could be a very stormy six months, say advisers.

Posted: 18 September 2014 | Full Article
Farm staff pay rise of 2.3% recommended

Strutt & Parker is recommending a 2.3% pay rise for farm staff. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) will increase by 3% to £6.50/hour from 1 October 2014

Posted: 18 September 2014 | Full Article
More grain price pressure on harvest estimates

Grain prices came under further pressure this week as harvest estimates rose again.

Posted: 18 September 2014 | Full Article
Retail competition drives down shelf milk prices

Milk price inflation fell to -1.7% in July, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics, with competition between retailers driving down prices.

Posted: 17 September 2014 | Full Article
Farm business expansion demands leadership skills

People management will become just as important as cow management for many businesses and, for those who want to expand, it will be critical. John Giles, divisional director of Promar International, explains why.

Posted: 17 September 2014 | Full Article
Bonds can help farmers avoid solar clean up costs

The cost of clearing up farmland following the construction of a solar farm can run to tens of thousands of pounds. Landowners considering such ventures are being urged to ensure they are not left to foot the bill.

Posted: 17 September 2014 | Full Article
Milk protests won't improve prices, says NFU

Dairy farmers facing falling farmgate milk prices should not protest because it won’t make a difference, the NFU has warned.

Posted: 17 September 2014 | Full Article
Confusion over solar farm basic payments continues

It is still unclear whether land used for solar farms will be eligible for the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) when it comes into effect next year.

Posted: 17 September 2014 | Full Article
RPA switches from higher-rate phone numbers

The RPA is switching from its 0845 telephone number prefix to 0345 as part of a government-wide policy to move away from higher-rate numbers.

Posted: 16 September 2014 | Full Article
Relentless pressure weakens grain prices further

Grain prices came under further pressure today (15 September) as markets continued to respond to the latest US Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, which raised estimates for wheat and maize production and stocks.

Posted: 15 September 2014 | Full Article

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