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Charlie Beaty: I'm up for a staycation

It’s the middle of April – lambing is done and dusted (for us, at least) and calving has slowed right down, although things are picking up on the arable side…


Jacob Anthony: Let's talk in language the public understands

The popularity of "influencers" has taken the UK by storm over the past decade or so, with agriculture having its fair share of social media sensations. Some of those in…


Young farmer goes from bottle washer to manager

When he was 13, Connor Smith had a weekend job washing bottles at a local dairy farm which did a milk round. With no background in farming, he was growing…


Covid crisis prompts mental health support for young farmers

Young farmers are being offered support to help them tackle the emotional impact of the coronavirus and emerge stronger from the pandemic. The Farming Community Network (FCN), National Federation of…


Bridgette Baker: In lockdown, your YFC needs your support

Admit it – if you’re a girl who lives for a YFC ball then you’ve probably had that sparkly dress ready and waiting for many months now. Trying it on…


How a young farmer helped with dairy transition after tragedy

Morgan Tudor was just 17 and midway through calving when his father, Richard, died in a farm accident. The Tudor family, from Llysun Farm, Llanerfyl, Powys, had converted from beef…

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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Farming careers: Retail agricultural development manager

Agriculture offers a diverse range of jobs in the food supply chain and the retail sector has many career options for people with agricultural experience and qualifications. Will Jackson has…


How a fabrication business could increase your farm income

Workshop skills are a staple part of most farm jobs, but a sideline fabrication business could also offer a useful extra income. Farmers Weekly speaks to Tom Blakeman of Suckley Engineering,…


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…

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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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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,…


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…


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…


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…


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.…


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?…


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…


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…


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…


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…

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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…


Photos: FW readers' festive farm decorations rated

With 10 days until Christmas Day, our readers have been sharing how they're getting in the festive mood on the farm. From livestock Rudolph lookalikes to Snowman bale art and…


FW photo comp 2020 - a pick of fantastic photos so far

Pictures are already pouring in for Farmers Weekly’s 2020 photography competition, but there's still plenty of time to enter your best snaps. Our annual competition is offering amateur photographers £500…


Video: Farmers Apprentice 2020 begins

Hundreds of young people applied for this year's Farmers Weekly's Farmers Apprentice Bootcamp. The final 10 contestants will be put through a series of farm challenges and one winner will…