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BUSINESS

What are the prospects for the UK meat industry post-Brexit?

Brexit offers opportunities to exploit the potential of British red meat production. But overcoming trade barriers, investing in processing capacity and meeting market requirements will take time and a change…

BREXIT

3 ways dairy farmers can ensure a future for farming

Sustainability of farming was a focus at the recent Sustainable Food Trust conference in Llandovery and a Nestle conference in Vevey, Switzerland. Cumbria dairy farmer Robert Craig discusses some of the…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Analysis: How UK growers can face Brexit challenges

The UK cereal sector needs to improve competitiveness to cope with the post-Brexit world. It also needs to improve productivity and develop better trust in the supply chain. Furthermore, the…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How to review your business to prepare for Brexit

Lower subsidy prospects and Brexit uncertainty mean farm businesses need to identify the main issues affecting them and how these might be managed. “Change may seem daunting, but farmers who…

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Archive

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

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…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: 'Hard Brexit' is the only viable option

After 10 NFU Scotland hustings meetings in nine days, I'm not sure if I have travel or altitude sickness or whether it's just nerves. All I know is that it will…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Turbulence ahead for arable fortunes

The recent so-called cold snap left me convinced Brits are getting a bit soft. Doomsday weather warnings in the media were followed by a brief dusting of snow, -2C temperatures…

OPINION

Opinion: This year I will Brexit-proof my farm

January is generally thought of as the most miserable month of the year. The days are short, the weather is terrible and summer seems so far away. But for me,…

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Case studies

ARABLE

Budget for Brexit in a brave new world of lower subsidies

In the second part of our series on planning for Brexit, we examine one of the biggest farming operations in the UK and how it is preparing for life outside…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How an award-winning arable farm is preparing for Brexit

Arable growers are likely to have a six-year breathing space to prepare for the ending of EU-style area-based subsidies, and for the brave new world of a UK farming support package…

BUSINESS

Farming without subsidy - New Zealand's experience

UK farmers must seize the opportunity of Brexit to ramp up productivity and become more competitive, industry leaders have been told. Former New Zealand agriculture minister Sir Lockwood Smith suggested…

ARABLE

Future of subsidies: Collaborate to cope with lower support

In the second of our series on coping with lower subsidies, David Jones talks to one arable farmer, who is also chairman of his local grain co-operative, about his long-term plans…

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Community

BREXIT

Your letters after the EU referendum 'Leave' vote

Farmers Weekly readers were quick to put pen to paper after the historical Brexit vote on 23 June. [caption id="attachment_1281719" align="alignnone" width="900"] © Tracey Paddison/Rex/Shutterstock[/caption] Some were delighted with the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Are we bullish enough for Brexit?

Have you noticed reports on the EU referendum anywhere lately? To be honest, probably like most of you, I'm fed up listening to the arguments for in or out. My…

FARMLIFE

Your letters on the EU referendum debate

Farmers Weekly has received many letters from our readers concerning the EU referendum. Many remain undecided and have written to express a desire for more information from unions and Defra.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: The ‘least bad option’ in EU referendum

It has been a very busy few weeks on the farm. Trying to juggle maize drilling, TB testing and first-cut silage, along with all the usual fertiliser and spraying applications has…

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Insights

BREXIT

Analysis: What the Chequers agreement means for farmers

The cabinet consensus on the Chequers proposals lasted just 48 hours and ended with the shock resignation of Brexit secretary David Davis late on Sunday evening (8 July). It remains…

BREXIT

Why Welsh sheep producers are vulnerable to Brexit fallout

Welsh upland sheep farmers are extremely vulnerable to the impact of Brexit, with falls in farm income predicted no matter what trade deal the UK gets with Brussels. A new…

BREXIT

Trade minister grilled on agri-food post Brexit

The future of the agri-food sector after the UK leaves the EU was under scrutiny in Parliament on Wednesday (6 June) as, Liam Fox’s number two, Greg Hands MP appeared…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

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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News

BREXIT

Poll: How would farmers vote in a second Brexit referendum?

Former education secretary Justine Greening has hit the headlines with a call for a fresh referendum on Brexit. Given the supposed stalemate in Westminster over the government’s plans for an…

BREXIT

May proposes free trade, common rulebook for agriculture

The UK government has set out its proposals for future trade on agriculture and food products between the EU after it leaves the bloc next March. In a White Paper…

NEWS

Scots government adviser hints at production-linked support

Coupled payments, such as headage payments for livestock producers, could play an important role in maintaining farming in the Scottish uplands, a leading policy adviser has suggested. Addressing a recent…

BREXIT

Welsh farmers face end to direct payments by 2025

Direct farm subsidies worth £235m to Welsh farmers look set to end by 2025, or earlier, in a wide-ranging shake up of agricultural support in Wales. Under proposals issued on…

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Opinion

NEWS

NFU president says speak up for British farming

British food and farming is in the spotlight like never before and we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to help shape its future. Six weeks ago, Defra secretary, Michael Gove, launched…

OPINION

Opinion: Eastern Europeans keep veg industry going

Spring is one of the busiest times on our farm. We are currently harvesting daffodils, drilling sunflowers and planting gladioli bulbs. At the time of writing, we have 240 people…

NEWS

Opinion: Farming seems a low priority in Brexit talks

Among our family folklore is the tale of how during the war my family made hay on Newcastle racecourse - clearly in a way that I have never managed, despite…

BUSINESS

Opinion: Why Dieter Helm is wrong on land prices after Brexit

What drives the farmland market – and what this ultimately means for the future of farming post Brexit – is more complicated than many realise. The farmland market is a…

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Video

NEWS

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…

BREXIT

Video: Farmers trade blows over Brexit impact

Rutland farmers Monty Andrew and Andrew Brown farm within 20 miles of each other, but when it comes to their views on Brexit they are a million miles apart. Mr…

BREXIT

Video: Young farmers voice Brexit hopes and fears

Young farmers were among the biggest supporters of Brexit in last year’s EU referendum. According to an Farmers Weekly poll, almost two-thirds (62%) said they intended to vote leave. More…

BREXIT

Video: Eustice hints at more consensual approach to Brexit

Defra minister George Eustice has become the latest high-ranking politician to suggest the UK will adopt a more consensual approach to Brexit. But he insisted the UK remained on course…

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