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Poll: Tory leaders must do more to secure rural vote

Rural people are disillusioned with the Tories, with only 8.5% thinking life in the countryside has improved in the past five years, and just 30% thinking the Conservative Party understands…


Key potato sprout suppressant to be banned

A sprout suppressant widely used used in potato stores is to be banned, leaving growers with few options to prevent sprouting.  CIPC (chlorpropham) is a vital tool to control sprouting and is applied…


What’s in Your Livestock Shed? visits a Gold Cup winner

What makes a Gold Cup winner? We look at some of the buildings and technology behind Washfold Farm’s success. Metcalfe Farms in Leyburn, North Yorkshire, is owned and run by…


How grower targets fish food market and weeds with bean crop

Martin Lines has benefited from growing beans – not only because there is an increasing demand for home-grown protein crops, but also as it has helped him nearly stamp out…


How a Salers herd aims to become carbon neutral by 2035

Mixed farmer Conor Colgan is using increasingly sophisticated methods and research to increase the efficiency of his farm in an attempt to become carbon neutral. Relatively basic improvements in herd…


Early trouble reported with online VAT system

Farmers who have had to file their VAT returns using the new Making Tax Digital system have been reporting teething troubles, according to an accountancy firm. From 1 April 2019,…


UK has some of the lowest food prices in EU

Food prices in Britain are among the lowest in Europe, according to an EU Commission survey. Overall, the survey shows prices in the UK for 440 key products are well…


New Holland targets telehandler top five with new TH model

New Holland’s telehandler range has been given a fresh livery, a new name and a handful of internal tweaks that the company hopes will help it climb into the UK…


Farm quad bike thefts prompt security warning

Police are warning farmers to stay vigilant following a recent spate of quad bike thefts across the country. North Wales Police rural crime team said four quad bikes have been…


Landowner fined for breaching ag waste exemption

A Devon landowner has been fined after illegally importing 23,500t of soil on to his land in breach of waste regulations. Stephen Dibble of Bycott Farm, Halberton, was fined £265…


Free business advice for livestock farmers

Livestock farmers are being offered free one-to-one business planning advice and group workshops through support from the Prince's Farm Resilience Programme. Applications have just opened for the schem – now…


Farmer left shaken after tractor ends up in ditch

A Somerset farmer had to be rescued over the weekend after his tractor overturned in a ditch. Firefighters were called to the incident, which happened near Hestercombe House, near Taunton, on…


Skoda unveils one-of-a-kind Mountiaq pickup

A one-off Skoda pickup called the Mountiaq has been designed and built by 35 Czech students at the car brand’s vocational school. The group of students used a Skoda Kodiaq…

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