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Farmers’ physical and mental health and wellbeing are often pushed to one side as the important tasks of managing a busy arable or livestock farm take over. See ideas to help you keep fit and healthy on the farm and combat rural isolation and stress.

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING

How staying healthy can secure your farming future

Farmers are being urged to ensure they are just as resilient as their businesses as UK agriculture enters its most uncertain period for a generation Many growers and livestock producers…

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Where farmers in need can find charity help

Farming is a stressful, 24/7 occupation and increasingly farmers face emotional and financial strain because of bad weather, market price volatility and late payments. Spiralling debt, relationship breakdowns, a lack of succession…

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10 ways farmers can get help from Rabi

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) has been around since 1860, providing help to those in financial difficulty in farming.  However, many people don’t realise how much help the charity…

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Poverty hit farmers speak out

"Albert was the main breadwinner and after he died the money just stopped." When Olive Hinchliffe's farmworker husband was killed in a tractor accident at the age of 47, she…

Christmas Campaign: Don't lose sleep, find help

What’s your biggest worry? Debt? Animal disease? Housing? Bad health? Whatever the problem, you can guarantee you’re not the first farmer to lose sleep over it. For the latest article…

Bella Hall: Drilling's been a nightmare

It is hard to imagine that just 10 days ago we hadn't drilled a single seed of wheat on either farm. This was an unprecedented situation for Dave, causing him…

Village pharmacy provides key rural service

The residents of the Hampshire village of Kings Worthy are a lucky lot. The 4000-strong community on the outskirts of Winchester boasts an array of local shops ranging from a…

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Case studies

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Video: Exmoor group tackles farm support and rural isolation

The unique and thriving farmer-led Exmoor Hill Farming Network has grown to support 300 local farming businesses since it began four years ago under the guidance of chairman Dave Knight…

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Farmer-turned-triathlete sets sights on world championships

Ask most farmers what they get up to in their spare time and a spot of shooting, rugby or fishing will likely feature heavily in the replies. You can always…

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Cornish farmer tackles 1,000km Mongolian horse race

The Mongol Derby is the longest and toughest horse race in the world, spanning 1,000km of Mongolian wilderness. The unmarked course is a re-creation of the postal system used under…

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Meet four of the countryside's 'everyday heroes'

Recent news has reminded us all of the amazing work the emergency services do. And across the UK, country people are doing fantastic work as ‘emergency responders’ alongside their day-jobs.…

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Community

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Farming Community Network CEO on the blight of suicide

For most people, it is far from an easy conversation to have, but with World Suicide Prevention Day approaching this Monday (10 September), it is really important to talk about…

FARMLIFE

Agrespect project celebrates farming’s diverse sexuality

A new initiative, Agrespect, has been launched to promote diversity and inclusiveness in the farming industry. A website is being developed to share experiences from the LGBTQ+ community in a…

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The farmers who turn to motorsport deal with stress

Farming can sometimes be the one thing which dominates everything, brewing feelings of stress, loneliness, depression and even boredom. Putting time aside to step away from the work treadmill that…

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Documentary aims to break silence on gay people in farming

A short film inspired by the gay son of a farmer is seeking to open up conversations about farmers who may be struggling in silence with their sexuality. Two years…

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Insights

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Results of study into rural dementia revealed

A reluctance to ask for help could be exacerbating the problems caused by dementia in farming communities, according to new research from Plymouth University. A year-long study into the impact of…

FARMLIFE

Dyslexia - the problems it causes farmers, case studies and advi...

The burden of red tape lays heavy on many farmers’ minds. But imagine tackling the never-ending form filling with a disability that even makes the thought of picking up a…

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News

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Full-fat dairy foods make for healthy hearts, study reveals

Eating three portions of full-fat milk, cheese and yoghurt every day can be good for your heart and mean that you live longer, according to new diet research. Getting a…

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Farming Community Network sees stress-related calls soar

Rural support charity, the Farming Community Network (FCN), has reported a sharp increase in the stress-related calls it has received, as farmers continue to struggle with the effects of the…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Raising awareness of mental health top of Royal Welsh agenda

Raising awareness of mental health problems in rural communities was top of the agenda at this year’s Royal Welsh Show, with the Farmers’ Union of Wales running a dedicated seminar…

FARMLIFE

Agrespect project celebrates farming’s diverse sexuality

A new initiative, Agrespect, has been launched to promote diversity and inclusiveness in the farming industry. A website is being developed to share experiences from the LGBTQ+ community in a…

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Video

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Video: Goat pilates bring smiles to farmer and fitness fans

Goats are taking over at Laura Corbett’s farm on the Marlborough Downs, bringing a smile to the faces of this farming family after they endured some tough decision-making. Farming in…

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Video: Exmoor group tackles farm support and rural isolation

The unique and thriving farmer-led Exmoor Hill Farming Network has grown to support 300 local farming businesses since it began four years ago under the guidance of chairman Dave Knight…

FARMLIFE

Video: 6 simple exercises to keep you fit on the farm

Two years ago, Essex farmer’s son and personal trainer Tom Kemp created Farm Fitness – an outdoor gym like no other. Commandeering a corner of the family farm used as a…

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Video: Farmer's son builds one of the best gyms in the world

Farming and fitness go hand in hand. Fuelled by clean country air, farmers get a daily workout as they haul heavy feed bags, run after stubborn sheep and push silage…

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