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Tom Chanter: Local meat miles better than any vegan import

A new year, a new decade and a whole load of new challenges await an already strained industry. Hopefully we are back on the political straight and narrow with the…


Jacob Anthony: Carnage of dog attack sours farm festivities

A new year and a new decade are surely cause for a bit of optimism and excitement? That’s the attitude I try to start my January off with, and this…


Josh Wright: New Year, new politics, same stormy weather

Happy New Year! I hope it’s a healthy and prosperous year for everyone. I hoped in my last column that the political and climatic storms of the past few months…


Amy Eggleston: How to solve farming's recruitment problem

Let’s start with a question – if you were aged 18, 25, or even 40, considering a new career, would you choose farming? After seeking advice, gaining industry experience, or…


Tom Chanter: Feeble response to biased BBC gets me raging

December has arrived. The final month of what has been a rather challenging year and a complete baptism of fire for my first year as a farm manager. It fills…


Jacob Anthony: Step back and see how battle-hardened we are

With Christmas fast approaching, it is always a good time to take a step back and reflect on the preceding months in the farming calendar. This has proved to be…

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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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12 attributes to show employers at farming job interviews

Applying for jobs? Everyone knows that qualifications and real-world experience are important, but don't forget that would-be employers will be just as interested in your personality. Here we identify 12…


Expert tips on making the most of your ag course

You want to make the most of your time at college or uni, right? Farmers Weekly asks five leading academics for a few pointers on what to do – and…

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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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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…


A beginner's guide to careers in agriculture and farming

Some people find the idea of a career in agriculture hilarious. They think it is all mud, wellies and sticking your arm up the business end of a cow. But…


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…


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.…


Business Clinic: Share farming v contract farming

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Georgina Sweeting of Savills advises on the pros and cons of…


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…

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…


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…


Podcast: Fertile Minds on retailers and business plans

The first of our Fertile Minds regional roadshows took place on 17 November at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The initiative, by Farmers Weekly in association with NFU Mutual, is…


Share farming: How it works and why it could reshape farming

If a quarter of farmers in England aged over 65 entered into a share farming agreement we could have nearly 8,000 new entrants working the land, according to Christopher Price,…


How to find help to fund agricultural career development

Agriculture may be the fastest growing subject at UK universities, but studying is expensive, with most universities charging tuition fees of £9,000/year – and then there are living expenses to…


Why you should consider a land-based apprenticeship

The opportunity to earn while you learn will be an appealing prospect for many young people. So what’s involved in a land-based apprenticeship and could one be right for you?…

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Farmlife Framed: Baby farmers, curious stock and bale art

We really enjoy seeing your shots – whether it’s livestock and crops or people and pets. Thanks to everyone who has been sharing pictures of life on and off farm…


FW photo competition 2019: Winner of winners revealed

This year's Farmers Weekly‘s photo competition saw almost 6,000 entries from right across the British Isles, celebrating the natural beauty of our great industry. The mammoth task of picking just…


FW photography competition 2019: The winners and runners-up

It’s the perfect way to end the year, celebrating the beautiful British countryside and farming’s unique diversity in a series of fantastic photographs. With almost 6,000 brilliant photos submitted this…


8 top shots from FW's 2019 photo competition so far

With eight categories to chose from, there’s plenty of scope to enter your finest farming photos into the 2019 Farmers Weekly photo competition. It is open to all amateur photographers…