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How a carbon pilot is opening up a direct market for farmers

Very few farmers have so far been paid for sequestering carbon within an arable rotation, but opportunities are beginning to open up, both globally and in the UK. Carl Krefting,…


Robust start to standing straw sales

One of earliest standing straw sales of the year saw winter barley average just under £130/acre – about £30/acre more than the equivalent sale a year ago. The sale of…


7 top tips on establishing herbal leys

Mixed crops, particularly herbal leys, create diversity in root systems that help soil structure, says Kate Still, farming programme delivery manager at the Soil Association. In turn, improved structure benefits…


Opinion: Beware the shift in lobbying tactics by activists

Recent protests by animal rights protestors outside McDonald's distribution centres marked an interesting change in tactics, insofar as the arguments they were putting forward to justify their actions were almost…


Graham and Extase tipped as wheats for the South West

Graham and Extase are set to be the top picks for wheat growers in the South West of England, as their good disease resistance and stiff straw make them suitable…


How farmer improved shearling ewe management

Managing shearlings as a separate group has improved scanning percentage by 10% at a Wiltshire sheep farm. Rob and Anna Hawke had run their Romney and Romney cross Highlander shearling…


NFU demands strategy to ease impact of trade deals

The NFU is demanding that the government produces a comprehensive strategy to ease the impact of cheap food imports on British farmers. The UK government has agreed in principle to…


CNH adds precision ag capability with Raven Industries deal

Machinery giant CNH Industrial is expanding its precision agriculture capabilities by buying technology firm Raven Industries for $2.1bn (£1.5bn). This is a 33.6% premium to Raven Industries’ four-week average share…


Two workers killed in separate farming accidents

Farmers are being urged to make safety a priority after two more people lost their lives in separate farm accidents. In Hampshire on 7 June a worker removing roof sheets…


Enzootic abortion survey reveals gaps in ewe disease control

More than three-quarters of sheep farmers who responded to a survey about enzootic abortion of ewes (EAE) saw abortions in their flocks during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 lambing seasons. But…


JF Hudson develops front-mounted storage boxes for tractors

North Yorkshire-based ag engineering firm JF Hudson has developed a front-mounted storage box that offers more capacity than a standard tractor toolbox and should save drivers the irritation of having…


Cost of livestock worrying up 50% from 2020, figures show

The cost of dog attacks on livestock rose by more than 50% during the first quarter of this year, according to claims data from NFU Mutual The rural insurer said…


Farming mourns loss of popular academic Malcolm Stansfield

Malcolm Stansfield, a respected and much-liked figure in agriculture, has died aged 86. The son of a master butcher, Prof Stansfield had a long and distinguished career, including 42 years…


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