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Jacob Anthony: Close footpaths to stop coronavirus spread

These are very worrying and unprecedented times for the whole country. It’s almost surreal; all the fear, daily virus updates and empty shelves seems likes part of a horror movie.…


Coronavirus puts new entrant's beef enterprise in jeopardy

A young farmer from County Armagh who recently invested thousands of pounds in a new shed says the coronavirus pandemic has left him struggling to feed his cattle. Aaron Taylor,…


Josh Wright: Food security crucial in face of coronavirus

I wonder if Tim Leunig is sat at home watching the news of the spread of coronavirus and feeling ever so slightly embarrassed about his comments that Britain doesn’t need…


Young farmer discovers ag chat unlocks overseas adventures

Travelling exotic and, at times, dangerous corners of the world was never something that Peter Burn imagined would be for him. He left school at 16 with the ambition of…


Farmer goes extra furlong with horse-themed marriage proposal

A farmer in Yorkshire went the extra mile to surprise his partner with a horse-themed proposal in front of their family and closest friends. Chris Fairbank used a horse and…


Young farmers deliver to elderly amid coronavirus outbreak

Young farmers in Cornwall are providing food deliveries and support to elderly and vulnerable people who are self-isolating over the coronavirus. Members of the Probus Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) are…

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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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Farming careers: Farm machinery product manager

Dan Halliday is a global product manager for precision farming at New Holland, based in Burr Ridge, Chicago. He was born and bred in Leicestershire and finds himself in the US…


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…


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…

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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.…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Young sheep farmers share tips on year-round lamb marketing

Britain’s next generation of sheep farmers are taking the lead in promoting home-grown lamb as a healthy and sustainable choice for shoppers. These young industry representatives – aptly named “lambassadors”…


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…


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…


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…


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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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…


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…