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GRANTS

New capital grants on offer to farming businesses in Wales

Wales has opened its Small Grants – Environment Scheme for applications to support investment in capital works that improve water quality or reduce flood risk. Welsh farmers are also being…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Big June milk price rise for Arla members

Arla’s farmgate milk price is set to rise by 4.49p/litre from 1 June for a standard manufacturing litre. This 10% price increase for members will lift prices to 47.79p/litre based…

ARABLE

Gene-edited crops to be fast-tracked for food security

Gene-edited crop production is to be accelerated by the government to help guarantee food supplies for Britain in the face of the conflict in Ukraine. The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding)…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Beet growers offered 25% interest free cash advance

A cash advance of 25% has been announced by British Sugar and NFU Sugar ahead of the 2022-23 season to help ease pressure on beet growers. The advance payment is…

ENVIRONMENT

Farming industry pays tribute to Caroline Drummond

Caroline Drummond, 58, champion of sustainable farming and the driving force behind Open Farm Sunday, has passed away following a short illness. An announcement from Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf),…

ARABLE

Bold agri-environment choice takes land out of production

Protecting and improving the environment is a priority for Robert Law, who has always made good use of agri-environment schemes across the 1,800ha of farmland that he oversees on the…

PIGS

11 ways pig farmers can aim for net zero

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the pig industry (for each unit of meat) are lower than the dairy, beef and sheep sectors. However, there are still ways producers can reduce…

CEREAL DRILLS

ScotGrass: Erth adds extra hopper to Agriseeder drill

Northern Irish maker Erth Engineering has added a small secondary hopper option to its low-disturbance Agriseeder in an effort to make it more versatile. The company’s distributor, Hexham-based Dales Agri…

GRANTS

Defra grants of up to £300,000 to help farmers add value

Grant funding worth up to £300,000 will be available to farmers in England from next month to pay for farm buildings, machinery or equipment that will add value to crops…

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War in Ukraine

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NEWS

UK in talks to break Russian blockade of Ukrainian grain

UK involvement in an export operation involving millions of tonnes of grain in storage in Odesa is increasingly likely after the World Food Programme’s warning of famine triggered by Russia’s…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

EU border delays stymie Ukrainian attempts to move grain

Ukrainian farmers have expressed their frustration that trucks moving their grain to the West are being held up for days at the EU border due to excessive bureaucracy. Farmers are…

NEWS

Ukrainian farmer injured after Russian missile hits tractor

A young Ukrainian tractor driver is believed to have cheated death after a Russian missile landed on his vehicle while he was working the land. The unnamed worker suffered serious…

NEWS

Ukraine accuses Russia of selling grain stolen from farmers

Ukraine has accused Russian forces of stealing grain from harvest stocks and trying to sell it to other countries. Russian occupants have already seized at least 400,000-500,000t of grain worth…

NEWS

Sunflower planting campaign launched to help Ukraine farmers

Farmers across the UK are being encouraged to plant sunflowers within spring crops as part of a campaign to raise money for their Ukrainian counterparts. Agricultural seed merchant Bright Maize…

NEWS

Scotland offers support scheme to Ukrainian farmworkers

Ukrainian workers entering Scotland to carry out seasonal farm jobs will be provided with additional support via a Scottish government-backed charity. About two-thirds (67%) of seasonal workers in the UK…

LIVESTOCK

Nine-year-old sells ewe lamb to raise £600 for Ukraine

A nine-year old boy has raised £600 for the Ukraine appeal by selling a Blue Texel cross Black Beltex ewe lamb. Oliver Ruggeri sold the lamb at Welshpool Market on…

FARMLIFE

Dorset farmer leads mission to tackle Ukraine food shortage

A Dorset farmer is planning his third aid mission to Poland to supply vegetable seeds and gardening tools to address food shortages in Ukraine.  James Boughey, an arable farmer from…

Opinion

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NEWS

Opinion: BPS advance is small compensation, Mr Eustice

Defra secretary George Eustice wrote to me personally this week with news that he has decided to bring forward payment of part of my Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money for…

NEWS

Opinion: 'You matter more to those around you than you know'

I’ve been trying to write this piece for a while now, but I haven’t quite been able to do it. I suppose that’s because it’s a confession of sorts, and…

OPINION

FW Opinion: Is farming's fear of failure a brake on progress?

At what age do you get cynical about there being nothing new under the sun? If I had a fiver (not a pound – inflation) for each time I heard…

NEWS

Opinion: Paying tribute to one of farming’s greatest leaders

The reach of the life of Charles Henry Plumb, Baron Plumb, was elucidated upon his recent passing at the age of 97 by the scale of the tributes paid to…

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Arable

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ARABLE

Gene-edited crops to be fast-tracked for food security

Gene-edited crop production is to be accelerated by the government to help guarantee food supplies for Britain in the face of the conflict in Ukraine. The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding)…

ARABLE

Bold agri-environment choice takes land out of production

Protecting and improving the environment is a priority for Robert Law, who has always made good use of agri-environment schemes across the 1,800ha of farmland that he oversees on the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hours filling out forms is worth the cash

It’s all been about forms lately. First, a Countryside Stewardship (CSS) Higher Tier (HT) application completed before the end of April. Then the obvious Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) by mid-May…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Rain fuels weed growth and raises blight risk

Spring crops are seeing the greatest benefit from the recent rains, but some on heavier ground in the South West are looking patchy. Rain has also sparked the arrival of…

SOILS

5 steps to introducing a no-till approach on arable farms

Farmer-led organisation Base-UK will be recommending a five-stage approach to adopting regenerative farming at Cereals, for growers looking to start their no-till journey. The five steps are: 1. Have a…

SOILS

How this arable farm became carbon negative and cut costs

Twenty-five years ago, when the term "net zero" was barely known, south Oxfordshire farm manager Simon Beddows unknowingly began his carbon-cutting journey when he took the plunge to reduce cultivations…

WHEAT

How growers could benefit from pioneering gene-edited wheat

Wheat bred for low levels of a key amino acid could prove vital for food manufacturers meeting future limits on acrylamide, especially in breakfast cereals and biscuits. Asparagine is a…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: A dark day as team member dies of heart attack

Overall, we’ve had a reasonably kind spring this year, but our season has been darkened by a sad event in our team. On 17 April, the day before we started…

Livestock

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PIGS

11 ways pig farmers can aim for net zero

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the pig industry (for each unit of meat) are lower than the dairy, beef and sheep sectors. However, there are still ways producers can reduce…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Rising BVD level causes concern in Northern Ireland

Herd health reminders have been issued after a spate of significant bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) outbreaks across six herds in northern Ulster. Tag-and-test results from calves on six County Armagh…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Is there any trust left in this government?

I would describe myself as optimistic, but my optimism has been dented. I could compare my optimism to the standard pig price; it’s there but there are too many factors…

DAIRY

Can palm-oil be replaced in feed to help cut dairy emissions?

Fat supplements are incorporated into dairy diets to provide energy and enable cows to maintain butterfat levels. Most of those used in the UK are formulated with palm acid oil.…

DAIRY

6 steps to optimise milking machine settings for your herd

In the past, there were few differences between individual milking machines. But huge genetic variation between dairy breeds has led to significant variation in milk yield, milk flow rates, teat…

DAIRY

Why better dairy performance means a lower carbon footprint

The topic of net zero is wide ranging, contentious and shrouded in dogma. It is unfortunate that the concept of decarbonisation has become, in many ways, so politically weaponised. The…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Major project to get water going uphill

After nearly blowing up Farmers Weekly’s Twitter account with my combative opinions in my last article, I’ve come to some conclusions. My opinions may or may not be accepted in…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Vaccination for beef suckler cow diseases: Why, when and how

Are vaccinations a cost-effective insurance policy against devastating disease outbreaks with serious financial consequences? Or are they an unnecessary expense and hassle? The answer will vary depending on the vaccine…

Machinery

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CEREAL DRILLS

ScotGrass: Erth adds extra hopper to Agriseeder drill

Northern Irish maker Erth Engineering has added a small secondary hopper option to its low-disturbance Agriseeder in an effort to make it more versatile. The company’s distributor, Hexham-based Dales Agri…

RAKES AND MERGERS

ScotGrass: Kverneland takes on ROC mergers

Yellow-liveried mergers from ROC appeared on Kverneland's Scotgrass stand for the first time following its acquisition of the Italian firm, which was previously imported to the UK by Shutts Farm…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

ScotGrass: Mounted Krone wrapper makes working debut

Krone’s dense range of grassland machinery only recently gained a standalone wrapper, despite already offering the facility on its combi baler. The Easywrap 150 is designed for mounting on tractors…

TEDDERS

ScotGrass: KV unveils monster 14-rotor trailed tedder

Going wider, not faster, is the appeal of Kverneland’s new flagship 85156C tedder, which offers a 15.6m working width. The company had previously reported keen demand for its biggest mounted…

Community

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hours filling out forms is worth the cash

It’s all been about forms lately. First, a Countryside Stewardship (CSS) Higher Tier (HT) application completed before the end of April. Then the obvious Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) by mid-May…

YOUNG FARMERS

Mike Neaverson: Ask for crop data during sales pitches

As both an agronomist and farmer, I am often accosted at this peak time of year by the manufacturers and distributors of various laxly regulated “alternative” products, trying to sell…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Is there any trust left in this government?

I would describe myself as optimistic, but my optimism has been dented. I could compare my optimism to the standard pig price; it’s there but there are too many factors…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: A dark day as team member dies of heart attack

Overall, we’ve had a reasonably kind spring this year, but our season has been darkened by a sad event in our team. On 17 April, the day before we started…

Business

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GRANTS

New capital grants on offer to farming businesses in Wales

Wales has opened its Small Grants – Environment Scheme for applications to support investment in capital works that improve water quality or reduce flood risk. Welsh farmers are also being…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Big June milk price rise for Arla members

Arla’s farmgate milk price is set to rise by 4.49p/litre from 1 June for a standard manufacturing litre. This 10% price increase for members will lift prices to 47.79p/litre based…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Beet growers offered 25% interest free cash advance

A cash advance of 25% has been announced by British Sugar and NFU Sugar ahead of the 2022-23 season to help ease pressure on beet growers. The advance payment is…

GRANTS

Defra grants of up to £300,000 to help farmers add value

Grant funding worth up to £300,000 will be available to farmers in England from next month to pay for farm buildings, machinery or equipment that will add value to crops…

FINANCE

Call for input cost support as Brussels unveils €1.4bn aid

The EU has proposed a €1.4bn (£1.2bn) support package to help EU farmers cope with rising agricultural input costs, triggering calls from industry for similar help for UK farmers.   …

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Co-op stumps up £19m for pig farmers

The Co-op has pledged £19m in support for British pig farmers through a new cost of production-based pricing model to be reviewed monthly. The price paid to producers will no…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Farm planning costs soar due to nutrient pollution rules

Farmers who are in catchments that must meet nutrient neutrality rules face an expensive and time-consuming process to get planning consent for new agricultural development applications. Nutrient pollution, especially from…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Strong margins forecast for harvest 2022 before 2023 squeeze

Milling and feed varieties will remain the top performers in the 2023 wheat market, but with a narrowing gap between the two, according to new financial modelling by the AHDB.…

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Careers

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Call for volunteers to help develop farming career website

Professional development body the Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture (Tiah) is looking to recruit 300 farmer volunteers to take part in a pilot careers scheme. Tiah provides skills, information and…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How leadership training can help secure the future of farming

Some of the biggest organisations in farming have come together to raise awareness of leadership training across the industry. Now in its second year, the #AgriLeadershipWeek social media campaign will…

JOB PROFILES

Farming careers: Working as a pig stockperson

In the first of a new series focusing on key roles and career progression in farming, we look at working in the pig sector. Find out what you need to…

SHEEP

10 top tips for aspiring sheep farmers

Investing £16,000 in ewes and the basics to farm sheep gave 2021 Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year Tim White a route into farming when he was made redundant…