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Coronavirus: How ag studies will restart in September

Education leaders are having to adapt to changing government advice as they try to plan the teaching of thousands of new and returning students come September. Despite all the uncertainty…


Meet the Welsh student set for sheepdog stardom

Erin Fflur McNaught is a 17-year-old who scooped a Young Handlers title at the International Sheepdog Trails in 2018 and was part of the duo who won the One Man…


Tom Chanter: Better beef prices and petition bring optimism

On the basis that in my last column I complained of an ill-timed drought and a week later we were rewarded with glorious rain, perhaps this one should be about…


Jacob Anthony: Cancelled shows a huge loss to communities

The full financial impact the Covid-19 pandemic will have on businesses is going to be felt for years to come. By now, we are all aware of this, and many…


Farmers Apprentice 2020 – last chance to enter

There’s still time to enter one of the nation’s most prestigious, challenging and enjoyable competitions for young people – Farmers Apprentice 2020. Open to all 18- to 25-year-olds, it’s a…


Josh Wright: Pride month is a time to celebrate – and remember

June is a special month for me, not only because it’s my birthday, but also because it is Pride month. This is a month-long celebration where people across the world…

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Young Farmers to vote on NFYFC’s 50% levy increase plan

Young Farmers will have their say on a proposal to increase their membership levy by 50% at the national federation's AGM this weekend. The controversial motion, which amounts to members paying…


"Party's over" – YFC members react to Convention being axed

Young farmers have reacted with anger and sadness at the decision to axe the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) Annual Convention for good. After 50 brilliant years, the…


7 things not to miss at the 2018 NFYFC Annual Convention

There are only a few days left until thousands of Young Farmers rock up in Blackpool for the 2018 Annual Convention – three days of celebrating everything that makes YFC…

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What skills do agricultural employers really want?

Technology is going to become more central to even the most traditional roles in agriculture and there is already a shortage of workers with the appropriate skills, according to industry…

Day in the life: New Holland worker

Ever wondered what it’s like to work on a tractor production line? David Cousins donned a set of astonishingly crisp overalls to spend a day on the New Holland line…


Job profile: What’s it like to run an agri-tech start-up?

UK farming is on the brink of a fourth agricultural revolution, with artificial intelligence, robotics and big data expected to transform the future of food production. As such, it will…

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From getting your first job in agriculture to maintaining your work skills and developing your career, we provide advice and insights.
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10 pieces of advice for young people starting in agriculture

Experienced entrepreneurs had plenty of advice for the next generation at the NFYFC Annual Convention (4-6 May), offering insights into farming’s challenges – and how to overcome them.  We asked…


Top tips for starting a new farm contracting business

Starting out in contracting can be daunting and financially terrifying but it can equally create a lifestyle driven by a true love of the outdoors and machinery. Farmers Weekly speaks…


Managing expansion and business planning as a young farmer

Preparing years in advance, constantly updating business plans and keeping a handle on gradual expansion all help dairy farmer Sam Bailey move towards his long-term goals. Sam, 24, beat about…


Taking your tractor test – all you need to know

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) tractor test gives budding farmers the chance to drive machines on the road at the age of 16, but it shouldn't be taken lightly. The…

Top tips for young farmer business success

Who better to pick up tips about farming than other young people who have “made it” in the industry? Packed into Europe’s largest underground building last week were more than…


Tips for agriculture students on securing financial help

So you’ve decided what you are going to study and where – next comes the question of how you are going to pay for it. While students can get loans…


8 secrets to progressing up the ag careers ladder

Getting your first job in the agricultural sector is a real milestone, but what does it take to get the next one and the one after that? If you’ve got…


4 young farmers on setting up successful joint dairy ventures

Young farmers are successfully using joint ventures in the dairy sector as a way of developing their careers while increasing their net worth. Tony Evans, partner with consultant The Andersons…


What's next? Options for farmers' children leaving school

A new year brings new beginnings - and for school leavers, this means considering what will happen after exams are finally over. What’s the best choice - home to the…


How to become a county council farm tenant

County council farms provide a great opportunity for people looking to reach the first rung in the farming ladder and many holdings are designed specifically with new entrants in mind.…


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…

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11 incredible farming-themed birthday cakes

We asked our readers to share farming-themed celebration cakes they have baked or received to mark a special day, and they certainly did not disappoint. We have been inundated with…


Farmlife Framed: Budding shepherds busy at lambing

Lambing can be a challenging time, but it’s also one containing magical moments – especially when the younger generation get involved. Thanks to all the Farmers Weekly readers who have…


Coronavirus: YFCs step up to help the elderly and vulnerable

Young farmers around the country have been working hard to support the elderly and most vulnerable in their community in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers from Young Farmers’ Clubs…


Farmlife Farmed: 11 photos of 2020 lambing season so far

Here's to all the lambers out there. As one of the great highlights of the farming year, lambing season is a challenging but joy-filled time for Britain’s farmers. Farmers Weekly…