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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.…

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Farm security advice to combat rural crime

Countryside criminals are becoming more brazen and farmers are having to go to extra lengths to ramp up security and protect their livelihoods. Some farmers are turning their farmyards into…

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NFU practical farm advice for dealing with activists

This month has seen an unparalleled step up in activist activity on farm and online, coinciding with the dairy industry’s #Februdairy promotional campaign. Reports of trespassing, threats of violence and…

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9 tips to combat farm theft during darker nights

Police and insurers are warning farmers to remain vigilant as darker evenings create opportunities for thieves to target rural properties. Vehicles and equipment stored in outbuildings are particularly vulnerable to…

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NEWS

Opinion: In praise of the Kiwi approach to disease control

News of the outbreak of Mycoplasma Bovis in New Zealand and the government plan to cull 150,000 animals in a bid to eradicate the disease, has now reached mainstream UK…

OPINION

Opinion: Neale McQuistin on living with Network Rail

I’ll be disappointed if transport secretary Chris Grayling is still in his job by the time this column appears. Travelling on the rail network has become a nightmare for many…

YOUNG FARMERS

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.…

NEWS

Opinion: The pros and cons of chartered status for farmers

Here Farmers Weekly columnists Will Evans and Guy Smith consider whether farming should become a chartered profession.  While Mr Evans believes professional qualifications would lead to a better agricultural industry,…

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WEATHER

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

NEWS

'I lost my leg in a farm accident' - a farmer's story

Harvest is one of the most dangerous times of the year for farmers, with long hours and heavy machinery making the potential for fatal or serious accidents higher than usual.…

WEATHER

How farm management changed in wake of Somerset floods

It has been three years since the Somerset Levels were hit by flooding and, in that time, much has changed. Farms have had to change the way they manage their…

WILDLIFE

Wild bird project – a blueprint for future farm support?

Farmers in the South West have helped to save a rare farmland bird in a 25-year collaboration with the RSPB.  Farmers and the RSPB don’t always see eye to eye,…

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Community

OPINION

Opinion: Never mind Brexit, what about my meniscus?

Neighbour: "Did you properly check your meniscus?" Me: "I didn't know I had one." This has been the flavour of the farming conversation round these parts throughout April and May.…

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Insights

WEED MANAGEMENT

Why growers must reduce reliance on pesticides

Growers are being urged to highlight the responsible approach they take to crop management – or face the prospect of further restrictions as the government pursues a “green” Brexit. The…

NEWS

Opinion: What would Prof Nix have said about green Brexit?

Back in April, I went to the funeral of John Nix, emeritus professor of farm business management at Wye College, and the originator of the famous Farm Management Pocketbook. From…

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Environmental schemes must be profitable, says CLA

All the money currently spent on the Common Agricultural Policy in England – and possibly more – should be transferred to a new “public money for public goods” scheme in…

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Gove's new farm pollution controls: The details and reaction

Stricter controls are to be imposed on fertiliser, manure and slurry applications under government plans to improve UK air quality. Dairy and beef farms are among the sectors that will…

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Father and son rescued after farm slurry incident

A father and son have been rescued after falling into a slurry pit in Northern Ireland. The two men, aged in their 40s and 70s, got into difficulty on a…

UNCATEGORIZED

Defra unveils £5.3m in crop research funding

A £5.3m package unveiled by Defra aims to improve the resilience, sustainability and quality of major crops for UK farmers. Four leading agricultural research centres will help develop new technologies…

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Meet the 2018 Farmers Weekly Awards finalists

We've sifted through hundreds of entries to arrive at the 2018 Farmers Weekly Awards shortlist. For each of the 14 categories there are three judges - an independent industry expert,…

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Defra recruits 1,250 staff to make Brexit work

Defra has rejected suggestions it is unprepared for Brexit – saying it has taken on more than 1,250 extra staff to help make a success of leaving the EU. The…

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Opinion

NEWS

Opinion: In praise of the Kiwi approach to disease control

News of the outbreak of Mycoplasma Bovis in New Zealand and the government plan to cull 150,000 animals in a bid to eradicate the disease, has now reached mainstream UK…

OPINION

Opinion: Neale McQuistin on living with Network Rail

I’ll be disappointed if transport secretary Chris Grayling is still in his job by the time this column appears. Travelling on the rail network has become a nightmare for many…

NEWS

Opinion: The pros and cons of chartered status for farmers

Here Farmers Weekly columnists Will Evans and Guy Smith consider whether farming should become a chartered profession.  While Mr Evans believes professional qualifications would lead to a better agricultural industry,…

NEWS

Opinion: Unity is key for 'health and harmony' after Brexit

Readers who have reviewed my thoughts expressed through these columns over the years may remember I have often called for bodies representing the various sectors of our industry to work…

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Test and reviews

TECHNOLOGY

16 essential farming apps for 2014

Smart phones have revolutionised how farmers run their businesses, with apps doing anything from identifying weeds to recording and managing grazing platforms. There’s an amazing array of apps on the…

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Video

YOUNG FARMERS

Video: How Next Generation network is helping young farmers

The next generation of farmers are young, passionate, experimental and brave – but most importantly, they are succeeding. The Exmoor Hill Farming Network is one organisation that has prioritised supporting…

NEWS

Video: Farmer's camera catches fly-tipper in the act

A dairy farmer is appealing to the public to help identify a shameless woman caught on camera appearing to fly-tip on his land. Joe Tucker, 19, installed a small camera…

WEATHER

Video: How Gloucs farmers are working to prevent flooding

Farmers and landowners in Gloucestershire’s Upper Thames area are working together to manage the land to provide catchment-scale solutions to prevent future floods while making businesses resilient.  When storms Eva…

NEWS

Countryfile Live video: Farmers summed up in three words

Public support for farming is increasingly positive, which is vitally important, as farmers will need the backing of consumers to stay in business after Brexit, especially if subsidies are reduced.…

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