The weather dominated 2012 but there were plenty of other issues on farmers’ minds too, as shown by our top 10 selection of FWi stories from the past 12 months.
A police list of the tractor and farm vehicle problems most likely to land farmers, contractors and drivers on the wrong side of the law.
British farmers could see direct payments slashed by one-third if the UK government gets its way on CAP reform, it emerges.
Rural broadband funding should be spent elsewhere because “farming has existed without the internet for eternity,” claims a Labour MP.
Countryfile presenter Matt Baker has waded into the debate over wind farms by questioning their effectiveness.
Farmers are warned of the dangers of stored slurry after four cattle died from toxic gas produced by a slurry store.
The BBC denies planning to ditch a key farming slot on its flagship rural affairs programme.
Heavy rain and gale-force winds throw autumn drilling plans into chaos, with many farmers still unable to finish harvest.
Rock star Brian May is under fire after using the closing ceremony at the London Olympics to highlight his campaign against a badger cull.
A name-and-shame campaign targets supermarkets selling milk supplied by farmers paid less than the cost of production.
Bad news – there’s a lot of it around: the weather, the postponed badger cull, high feed prices… so here are 10 reasons why it’s still great to be a farmer.