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NEWS

Opinion: BBC - let’s look at the case for the defence

Now that we no longer have the fictional bogeyman that is the European Union to blame for this nation’s many and varied problems (though large numbers steadfastly do so), who…

BOVINE TB

Q&A: Chief vet outlines bovine TB strategy for NI

Northern Ireland’s chief vet, Robert Huey, explains the next steps in the government policy to eradicate bovine TB in cattle herds. What are your key areas of research and development…

CRIME

Multiple tractor GPS systems stolen in East Yorkshire farm raids

Police are urging farmers in the East Riding of Yorkshire to step up security following a spate of tractor GPS thefts. Thieves broke into more than a dozen tractors across…

NEWS

Farmers and consumers are losers in skewed market, says Dyson

Britain’s biggest farmer, Sir James Dyson, has warned that consumers and farmers are both losing out in a market that is “fundamentally skewed”. The entrepreneur said it is retailers who…

NEWS

Opinion: BBC's bias is damaging farming's reputation

Before I morph completely into “Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells”, I'd like to put it on record that I'm a fan of the BBC as a public subscription broadcaster. Having suffered…

NEWS

Coronavirus: ‘Rural areas in danger of being left behind’

Farm groups want the government to commit more funding to rural areas to support England’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. A new report, Rebuilding Rural: Growing Back Better, called…

NEWS

FW Podcast Episode 26: Storms on the way and when to drill?

In this week's podcast: it's raining and storms are on their way – could we be looking at a repeat of last year's wet autumn? We look at the long-term…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Splitting seed bags cause on-farm safety risk

Arable farmers with seed held over from last winter are being warned to take care when handling big bags, following widespread reports of bags splitting. Robin Aird, who manages the…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Farming needs cast-iron guarantee on food imports

There was an almost audible sigh of relief earlier this week, as the House of Lords backed a number of amendments to the Agriculture Bill to afford greater protection from…

NEWS

EU will not block food imports from UK, says government

The EU will not attempt to block food imports from the UK after the Brexit transition period ends, according to the government. The government says it is satisfied that the…

NEWS

Fire crews tackle major barn blaze on Cheshire farm

Firefighters had to work through the night to tackle a major farm blaze that ripped through a barn, destroying more than 8,000 bales. In total, 23 fire engines from Cheshire…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Four farm deaths in a fortnight prompt stark safety warning

Four farm fatalities in just over a fortnight have rocked the industry and prompted a stark safety message to anyone in contact with machinery or livestock. The incidents happened between…

ENVIRONMENT

Farmers key in fight against climate change – minister

Growers and livestock producers must take action to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change, a government minister has warned. Although emissions had fallen over…

CRIME

Why farmers want stronger action on hare coursing

Extreme weather and the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a challenging harvest for farmers across the country, who must now deal with the next threat – criminals taking advantage of bare…

CRIME

Hunt saboteur gave police 'tampered' video of farmer assault

A man has been convicted by a jury after he used edited footage to falsely bolster his claim that a farmer had assaulted him on the farmer’s land. Hunt saboteur…

FARM POLICY

Lords vote to protect farmers from substandard food imports

The government is coming under more pressure to ban food imports that do not match UK standards, following historic votes in the House of Lords on Tuesday night (22 September).…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Eustice unveils details of ‘stepping stone’ subsidy scheme

Ministers have unveiled initial details about government plans of an interim support scheme for English farmers during the early years of transition to a post-Brexit agricultural policy. Defra secretary George…

NEWS

Tributes to popular teacher killed by cows

A deputy head teacher has died after he was trampled by cows in a field near Richmond, North Yorkshire. David Clark, who was deputy head at nearby Richmond School, died…

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