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YOUNG FARMERS

Amy Eggleston: Let's share the real facts about farming

I drink milk from a cow. Who knew that sentence would ever be so controversial? In 2020, despite everything else going on in the world, it seems this is a…

YOUNG FARMERS

Tom Chanter: AHDB needs to shout louder about its work

The arrival of our friendly sheep farmer to electric-fence our grass leys marks the beginning of autumn. We’re going to start cutting maize imminently - certainly earlier than last year…

YOUNG FARMERS

Josh Wright: Please don't suffer in silence with depression

There were 6,500 suicides recorded in the UK in 2018, with men three times more likely to take their own life than women. More than one farmer every week does…

YOUNG FARMERS

Amy Eggleston: World standards mean rigorous farm inspections

Animal welfare, environmental impact and traceability are three heavily scrutinised topics for the farming industry. As agriculture moves forward, so does the focus on these issues and external interest continues…

YOUNG FARMERS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Ag Student finalists 2020

Our trio of talented, hard-working students impressed with their fresh thinking, energy and enthusiasm. Coupled with keen business brains, these finalists have all the essential ingredients to meet the challenges…

YOUNG FARMERS

World-renowned rugby ref Nigel Owens named NFYFC president

International referee Nigel Owens has said becoming National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC) president is an honour akin to officiating at the 2015 Rugby World Cup final. Mr Owens…

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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…

YOUNG FARMERS

"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…

YOUNG FARMERS

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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Careers

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 PROFILES

Job profile: A day in the life of a combine mechanic

We all need someone to get us out of a pickle now and then and if you're an arable farmer with a combine that's just expired? It's the uplifting sight…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a Red Tractor assessor?

Maybe it’s not exactly a red-letter day, but the annual Red Tractor audit is a very important one if you have signed up to the farm and food standards scheme. Few farmers relish preparing for the on-farm…

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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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…

BUSINESS

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…

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…

YOUNG FARMERS

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…

FARMLIFE

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…

FERTILE MINDS

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…

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…

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

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…

TRACTORS

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…

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…

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FARMLIFE FRAMED

Harvest photography competition 2020: Winner and runners-up

Thanks to everyone who entered the Harvest 2020 photography competition. We had hundreds of entries and the winning shot appears on the cover of the 18 September issue of Farmers…

FARMLIFE FRAMED

Photos: Your harvest dogs

Farmers’ ever-faithful, four-legged friends are as keen to keep an eye on the action at harvest as they are at any other time of year. From collies in the corn…

FARMLIFE FRAMED

Harvest 2020 in pictures – more of your great shots

It’s proving a challenging harvest for many, but as combines continue to roll, more pictures are landing in our Harvest Highlights photo gallery. Here are a few, along with details…

FARMLIFE FRAMED

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…