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NEWS

Opinion: Farmers are conservation trailblazers, not villains

When I hear complaints that Basic Payment Scheme money shouldn’t be withdrawn until farm businesses have had time to fully adjust, I’m reminded of my old gran who, in 1971,…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Farmer died from accidental electrocution, inquest finds

An experienced farmer died after he was electrocuted when his tree-cutting machinery came too close to an overhead powerline, an inquest heard. Jonathan "Huw" Howells, 61, an assistant mechanic and…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Herefordshire farmer killed in trailer accident

A Herefordshire farmer has been killed after being crushed by a trailer tailgate. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said the farmer, who has not been named, died as a…

CRIME

Nicola Sturgeon to raise awareness of sheep-worrying laws

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised to promote and enforce the tougher penalties that now apply for sheep worrying in Scotland.    The Protection of Livestock (Amendment) (Scotland) Act…

FARM POLICY

Income squeeze: Past farm policy and what the future holds

British farmers face the biggest changes seen by UK agriculture since the end of the Second World War. But this time around, growers and livestock producers have less time to…

FLY-TIPPING

Defra unveils plans to tackle fly-tipping

Defra has announced tougher rules to crack down on fly-tipping incidents that cost the UK economy almost £1bn/year. According to the latest Defra figures, waste crime cost the English economy…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Best legacy of Clarkson's Farm? The copycats

Ignorant of the realities of farming. That was the essence of Jeremy Clarkson’s reaction to recent news that he’d not received planning permission for the on-farm restaurant he said the…

NEWS

MPs criticise government delays in rural broadband rollout

MPs say the government is falling behind in its timetable to roll out superfast broadband across the UK, including the hardest-to-reach rural areas. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and…

ENVIRONMENT

Farmer blames HS2 failures for water-logged land

A Warwickshire arable farmer has accused contractors building the HS2 high-speed rail line of failing to understand the basics of land drainage after farmland he owns bordering excavation works near…

NEWS

Defra relaxes rules on gene editing

Genetically engineered crop production has moved a step closer in the UK after the government relaxed legislation on gene editing. Unlike genetic modification which uses DNA material from other species,…

NEWS

Man dies after bridge collapses in Lancashire farm accident

A man has died and several others left seriously hurt after a Polaris Ranger and trailer carrying 11 people plunged into a river when a bridge collapsed on a Lancashire…

NEWS

Government urged to scrap proposed plastic tax on silage wrap

The government is facing calls to scrap a proposed plastic tax on silage bale wrap that would cost farmers £200/t. In December last year, HMRC published guidance which, for the…

NEWS

AHDB pork campaign returns with new TV advert

A new campaign which encourages families to consider pork as a healthy midweek dish is hitting TV screens and national newspapers. The AHDB’s Mix Up Midweek marketing campaign aims to…

NEWS

Opinion: Backing pulses essential to deliver green agenda

As 2021 drew to a close, I felt more discombobulated about the direction of travel for our arable business than at any time since the country voted to leave the…

FARM POLICY

Landowners frustrated by protected landscape proposals

Long-awaited government proposals to better manage England’s protected landscapes are a missed opportunity, according to landowners. The plans for National Parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) were set…

CRIME

RSPCA appeals for dogs to be kept on leads after sheep killed

The RSPCA is urging dog owners to always keep their pets on leads near livestock after four sheep from the same flock died in recent months. Two sheep were savaged…

NEWS

FW Podcast Ep 89: MPs criticise ELM and Clarkson’s cafe

In this episode, MPs say government plans to replace direct payments for farmers in England are based on 'blind optimism' and lack clarity. We examine the report – and its…

WILDLIFE

Farmers asked to take part in Big Farmland Bird Count

Farmers, gamekeepers and land managers are being asked to sign up to the ninth annual Big Farmland Bird Count, which takes place from 4-20 February 2022. More than 1,800 farmers…

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