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YOUNG FARMERS

James Herrick: Don't be embarrassed to take time off

"Well... it will just have to wait." That’s what I said to myself recently when contemplating whether or not I should get away from the farm for a few days.…

YOUNG FARMERS

Chris Bennett: Let's think differently about mental health

People love to talk about their problems, and farmers are no exception. However, there is one problem we all struggle to talk about, and that is our mental health. It…

FARMLIFE

Charlie Beaty: Alpaca fight could prove defining for farming

Flippin’ heck – is that alpaca still alive? When it first appeared in my Facebook news feed (obviously the most reliable source going), I was horrified. How on earth has…

YOUNG FARMERS

Bridgette Baker: Farms need two businesses to make a profit

I have been watching Our Family Farm Rescue with Adam Henson on Channel 5. The show bills itself as farmers "risking it all in a fight for survival", and watching…

FARMLIFE

FW Awards: 2021 Ag Student of the Year finalists

All three finalists display a relentless work ethic and determination to help solve the challenges facing British farming. They have the practical knowledge, passion and confidence to inspire the next…

YOUNG FARMERS

James Herrick: Discrimination still rife in farming

Socially, I consider myself rather fortunate.  I’m a white, heterosexual male from a farming background, which sums up the vast majority of us who work in agriculture. Other than a…

Britain's Fittest Farmer

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HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmer: Get stuck into regional qualifiers

Three host farms for the second stage of Farmers Weekly's Britain's Fittest Farmer competition have been revealed – and you might notice some familiar faces. Wiltshire farmer and long-standing arable…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmer finalists to compete at YFF19

Important announcement: The Young Farmers Festival is postponed until 2020, the new date will be announced soon. The Britain's Fittest Farmer live final will go ahead on 4 May as planned…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmer returns for 2020 – entries now open

It's back, and it's bigger and better than ever. Britain's Fittest Farmer has returned for 2020 to champion physical fitness and mental wellbeing in agriculture. The hunt is now on…

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Careers

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What's it like to work in crop nutrition?

Working for a major fertiliser company can offer plenty of variety, as you are likely to be working with every sector of the farming industry. The role of an area…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: Working for an animal feed producer

The agricultural sector doesn't just offer jobs on the farm, there are many roles all along the supply and input chain. If you don't hold a specific qualification in this…

MACHINERY

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…

Careers advice

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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Advice and tips

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MACHINERY

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…

FARMLIFE

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?…

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…

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…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

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.…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

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…

BUSINESS

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…

FARMLIFE

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…

PARTNERSHIPS

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,…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

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…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

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…

Photos and video

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FARMLIFE

Photos: FW readers’ harvest supper

With harvest 2021 beginning to wind down for the year, we reflect on the snapshots that really showcase the family together: supper time. From sending hard-working tractor drivers their tea,…

FARMLIFE

Photos: FW readers’ top 5 wedding bales

It’s been almost a month since “Freedom Day”, and it’s no wonder farmers are looking ahead to the next highlight of the calendar: wedding season. Whether it’s couples who have…

FARMLIFE FRAMED

Farmlife Framed: Birthdays, budding shepherds and animal pals

Thanks to everyone who's uploaded photos to our Farmlife Framed gallery. It’s a fantastic snapshot of your lives. Your kids are often the stars of the photos, so here is…

YOUNG FARMERS

Farm Kids Lockdown Art and Video Projects – the winners

Thanks to all the creative children who shared their wonderful artwork and videos as part of our Farm Kids Lockdown Project. The competition, designed to help keep youngsters entertained, invited…