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Bridgette Baker: Rewilding could spread ragwort

Ragwort can be the bane of every farmer's or horse owner's life during the summer.  My mum and I have a lovely annual bonding session driving round the farm in…


FW Awards 2022: Ag Student of the Year finalists

Enterprising, industrious and thoughtful, this year’s finalists stand out as three young people ready to meet the challenge of helping the industry through its financial and environmental transition. The trio…


Stars of BBC's This Farming Life put Shetland on the map

Farming on the most northern tip of the UK certainly comes with its challenges – difficult weather, long dark winters, extra freight costs and blow-away sandy soils, for starters. But…


Scottish farmer creates unique path in field of sunflowers

A young farmer has created a novel sunflower trail in the shape of Scotland.   Based just outside Perth, 25-year-old Crawford Niven first planted a sunflower trail last summer, and…


James Herrick: The key to a successful farming marriage

Life has changed quite a lot since my last article. Most farmers with arable crops have started an unprecedentedly early harvest and I have embarked upon a new chapter of…


Charlie Beaty: New Tory leader must clarify farming policy

In Truss, we trust? Yeah, I’m not so sure about that. After being warned of the effect that a free-trade deal with Australia would have on the UK’s food and farming…

Britain's Fittest Farmer

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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…


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…


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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Job profile: What it's like to work for an energy crop firm

Agricultural careers come in all different shapes and sizes, and can involve practical outdoors work as well as office-based tasks – perfect if you like a good variety in your working…


Duchy of Cornwall: Creating opportunities for new entrants

For new entrants looking for ways into farming, the Duchy of Cornwall offers excellent opportunities as it has a policy of prioritising those starting out in the industry. Read about…


How to create rapport in an interview

You’ve impressed your potential employer and made it through to the interview stage. Some employers, particularly for relief and contract farming jobs, may conduct a telephone interview first to whittle…

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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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?…


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…


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…


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 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…


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…


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…


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 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…


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,…

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Photos: 5 fab pictures from Farmers Weekly readers

Thanks to everyone who’s submitted images to our Farmlife Framed gallery – the place to share your images of farming life in all its many guises. As a little inspiration…


Next-generation farmers captured on camera

They may be juggling busy days with schoolwork, but that isn't stopping these future farmers getting stuck in. Here are a few of the many lovely photos readers have shared…


Send in your farming videos and photos on WhatsApp

Want your videos and photos featured on, Farmers Weekly’s social media pages or the real-life pages of the magazine? We've made it even easier for you to send in…


Video: Son's death leads family to back mental health charity

The parents of a 22-year-old farmer who took his own life are urging youngsters facing a similar situation to seek help and support. Leonard Eadon, from Napton, in Warwickshire, died…