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See the latest news on Brexit government policy affecting the farming and agricultural sectors. Keep up-to-date with the developments on the future of farm subsidies and payments and how Brexit will affect UK imports and exports of food and the availability of the farm labour workforce. Get advice on how to future proof your farm in preparation for the UK leaving the European Community and find out how other farmers are planning for the future.

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Farmers frustrated by Brexit impasse in parliament

Industry leaders have called on Theresa May to rule out a no-deal Brexit after her EU withdrawal plan suffered a record defeat by MPs. The House of Commons rejected the…


No-deal Brexit would make British food more competitive

If the UK leaves the EU without a trade arrangement, British produce would gain a significant competitive advantage over imported products, according to a new study. World Trade Organization tariffs on…


Unions warn of 'catastrophic impacts' from no-deal Brexit

A no-deal Brexit could lead to an immediate reliance on imports, with catastrophic impacts for the nation’s food and farming sector, the four main UK farming unions have warned. In…

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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…


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…


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…


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…


Future of subsidies: Rely on contractors and diversify crops

In the first of a series of articles on how to cope with an expected lower level of subsidy, we talk to a Cambridgeshire grower who is preparing for life…


How a post-Brexit staff shortage could affect horticulture

When award-winning vegetable grower Joe Rolfe needs his brassicas weeding, an army of people descend by the busload on the farm. Horticulture is notoriously labour intensive – and even more…

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Business Clinic: Using arable profits to prepare for Brexit

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Mark Chatterton of accountant Duncan & Toplis advises on the tax…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Brexit advice for farmers with permanent foreign workers

Farmers with staff from other EU countries are wondering where they will be left once the UK gives up its membership.  A system allowing seasonal workers to come to the…


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Industry leaders clash over outlook for food and farming

Fears that British farmers will face a flood of substandard food imports were a key topic at the Oxford Farming Conference – as politicians and industry leaders clashed over the…


Outlook 2019: What Brexit uncertainty means for farm profits

The UK has high employment rates but a challenging economic background. Across the wider economy, a very free labour market offers confidence to employers to take on workers. However, many…


What Brexit means for farm input supplies

Growers and livestock producers are being urged by the Agricultural Industries Confederation to secure farm input supplies for next spring now amid increasing uncertainty over Brexit. Imports of inputs will…


How will the EU withdrawal agreement affect farmers?

After two years of negotiations, Downing Street and Brussels have finally reached a draft agreement on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, together with a joint political declaration on their…


Agriculture Bill seeks better deal for farmers in supply chain

The new Agriculture Bill, tabled in parliament just over a week ago, commanded a large number of column inches in the national and specialist media, mainly focused on the government’s continuing…


Interview: Lib Dem leader Vince Cable on Brexit and farming

As well as being leader of the Liberal Democrats and a former cabinet minister, Sir Vince Cable is well versed in the fundamentals of farming; his wife Rachel Smith raised…


Survey: Farmers hopeful despite longer term uncertainty

More than three-quarters (76%) of farmers feel fairly or very optimistic about their business prospects in the next six months – despite the obvious challenges caused by a lack of…


Northern Ireland producers given say on future for farming

Farmers in Northern Ireland are being urged to respond to a government consultation on support arrangements for agriculture once the UK leaves the European Union. The Department of Agriculture, Environment…


Analysis: What the Brexit White Paper means for farmers

Government plans for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, based on a free-trade area for goods, have come under sustained attack from across the political spectrum, raising questions about…


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…


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…


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…