Top FWi stories of 2012

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.

1. Tractors on the road – don’t ignore the rules

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.

2. UK plan to slash farm payments

British farmers could see direct payments slashed by one-third if the UK government gets its way on CAP reform, it emerges.

3. Farmers don’t need fast broadband, says Labour MP

Rural broadband funding should be spent elsewhere because “farming has existed without the internet for eternity,” claims a Labour MP.

4. TV presenter Matt Baker hits out at wind farms

Countryfile presenter Matt Baker has waded into the debate over wind farms by questioning their effectiveness.

5. Freak cattle deaths prompt slurry warning

Farmers are warned of the dangers of stored slurry after four cattle died from toxic gas produced by a slurry store.

6. Countryfile farming slot will stay – BBC

The BBC denies planning to ditch a key farming slot on its flagship rural affairs programme.

7. Drilling plans in chaos after floods

Heavy rain and gale-force winds throw autumn drilling plans into chaos, with many farmers still unable to finish harvest.

8. Queen star Brian May under fire over Olympic badger cull protest

Rock star Brian May is under fire after using the closing ceremony at the London Olympics to highlight his campaign against a badger cull.

9. Milk culprits named and shamed

A name-and-shame campaign targets supermarkets selling milk supplied by farmers paid less than the cost of production.

10. Top 10 reasons why it’s still great to be a farmer

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.

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