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Podcast: Fertile Minds on finding and managing finance

New entrants to farming who turn to the bank of mum and dad for funding should always agree the terms in writing. This was the advice from John Hartwright of…

BUSINESS

Podcast: Fertile Minds on planning your diversification

Farmers should look beyond sources of agricultural funding when seeking finance for diversification, the fourth Fertile Minds Roadshow in York heard last week. Young farmers at the roadshow, heard from…

BUSINESS

Podcast: Fertile Minds on contract farming and marketing

At the third Farmers Weekly’s Fertile Minds roadshow, this time in Edinburgh, delegates heard advice on contract farming agreements and marketing. Sandy Ramsay, head of SAC Consulting Solutions gave new…

BUSINESS

Podcast: Fertile Minds on diversification and retailers

In the second of our Fertile Minds roadshows, we look at setting up a successful diversification and how to work with retailers to get the best outcomes. Listen to the…

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Five-point guide to a successful farm business plan

There are five key elements vital to a successful business plan, says the Royal Agricultural University's senior lecturer in finance Steve Thomas – and 80% of time should be spent concentrating on them. Here…

How to grow a business and hand it over

Faced with a new motorway running through their 320ha Cumbrian hill farm, John and Barbara Dunning garnered their entrepreneurism and set up the UK’s first family-run motorway service station. More…

Farmers transform service station with great grub

From grab and go grub to hearty local food – the story of how one Cumbrian hill farming family has transformed the image of service stations and put local food…

Fertile Minds: How to build and marketing a farm produce brand

Debbie Keeble has learned more than most about building a successful farm produce brand, having co-founded the premium sausage brand debbie&andrews. Speaking at the Farmers Weekly Fertile Minds event she…

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FARMLIFE

Blogging competition reveals next gen's farming views

Young people across the nation have strong views on farming and the countryside. At Farmers Weekly, we’ve always been keen to make sure the next generation’s opinions are heard and…

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FERTILE MINDS

Fertile Minds 2016: Insights and innovation

Great insights and inspiration abounded when young farmers gathered in Cumbria for the Fertile Minds conference, run by Farmers Weekly in association with NFU Mutual. The delegates heard from  a…

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YOUNG FARMERS

Video: Highlights from Fertile Minds 2016

On 14 October, young farmers from across the UK gathered at Cumbria's Rheged Centre to attend Fertile Minds 2016. The conference assembled industry experts and business professionals from across agriculture, with…

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Fertile Minds 2016: Seminar inspires next generation

Business-minded young farmers from across the UK gathered in Cumbria for an exciting day of talks and workshops at the annual Fertile Minds conference on 14 October. Organised by Farmers…

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Fertile Minds: Don't miss out on free farming conference

Farmers Weekly, in association with NFU Mutual are running the one-day conference Fertile Minds for business-driven young UK farmers. Once again, 100-plus ambitious young people will meet their peers, share…

Young farmers' photos and tweets on business inspiration

Young farmers who attended the Fertile Minds event are abuzz with ideas and excitement about their farming futures. Farm succession and business planning are the topics at the heart of…

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YOUNG FARMERS

Video: Highlights from Fertile Minds 2016

On 14 October, young farmers from across the UK gathered at Cumbria's Rheged Centre to attend Fertile Minds 2016. The conference assembled industry experts and business professionals from across agriculture, with…

Tesco launches business support package for future farmers

Tesco has launched a ‘Future Farmer Foundation’, that it says will support young British farmers through a package of business support training, supply chain insight, and mentoring. The supermarket announced…

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