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Q&A: Using CCTV - what farmers need to know

Farmers are increasingly turning to CCTV to protect their farm from thefts. New technology has made it easier than ever to set up camera surveillance, but the rules around data…

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Field to plate - diversification on Japanese farms

Japan’s food culture is built on strong regional associations and loyalties, alongside superb quality and freshness.  However, accelerating rural depopulation, falling farm incomes, concerns over food security and a crippling…


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…


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,…


‘Defra blunder crippled my farm business’

Devon beef and dairy producer Winston Reed has seen the administrators called in at Cleave Farm, Templeton, near Tiverton – despite winning a four-year battle with Defra, which saw the…

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Mixed prospects for agriculture shows during 2021

For many farming families, the agricultural show season is the highlight of the year. The opportunity to leave the farm and attend shows to network, make new friends and do…


Solid urea and live export bans: Key points and have your say

Next week sees the culmination of two important government consultations which could both have serious implications for farmers. One covers solid urea, with the government seemingly intent on banning it…


Survey: Markets and policy top farmers' concerns for 2021

Few in the farming industry, and in society at large, will forget 2020. As our Review of the Year in the previous issue of Farmers Weekly portrayed, it was both…


Analysis: What a ban on solid urea could mean for farming

Government plans to place a ban on the use of solid urea have taken many farmers by surprise, even though the idea has been kicking around for a couple of…

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Food standards frustration after latest Commons vote

Food standards campaigners have expressed their frustration with the government after it voted against giving MPs a final say on future agri-food trade deals. A Lords amendment to the Trade…


Livestock attack bill proposes maximum £40,000 fine

Twelve months in prison and a maximum fine of £40,000 are among the tough measures proposed in new legislation to clamp down on livestock worrying in Scotland. The Dogs (Protection…


Gene-edited crops not the same as GMs, says France

Crops developed using gene-editing techniques should not be classified under the same strict EU rules for genetically-modified organisms (GMs), according to France’s agriculture minister. The European Court of Justice (ECJ)…


General licences remain legal in Wales after court ruling

General licences that allow farmers in Wales to shoot bird “pest” species such as crows and woodpigeons remain legal following a High Court challenge by wildlife campaigners. Campaign group Wild…

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Liz Truss: US Trade deal will benefit UK farmers

Liz Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade, explains why she believes US trade talks will benefit UK farmers, despite concerns from the farming industry about being undercut by imported…


FW Opinion: Villiers - long on rhetoric, short on detail

Theresa Villiers may lack the charisma of her predecessor, Michael Gove – that much was made clear from the Defra secretary's lacklustre delivery at this week’s Oxford Farming Conference –…


Opinion: Did Michael Gove achieve anything at Defra?

Michael Gove’s 773 days as Defra secretary began with his astonishment at being selected for a Cabinet post at all. Telephoned during a leisurely Sunday lunch with friends in his…

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Video: Tractors hit London’s streets for food standards demo

Frustrated farmers travelled from as far as Yorkshire and Somerset to take part in a demonstration in London over threats to food standards. A convoy of about 20 tractors, Land…


Video: Dairy farmer says government must act now on fodder

A Welsh dairy farmer is urging the government to step in to help prevent a looming fodder crisis this autumn. Hefyn Wilson, who farms 85 Holstein and 15 Jersey cows…

Video: Farm contractors demand hedgecutting rethink

Farmers and contractors gathered at a Northamptonshire farm for a petition rally to urge Defra to overturn the August hedgecutting ban. Agricultural contractors broke off from busy spraying and grass…

Andrea Leadsom replaces Truss as Defra secretary

Andrea Leadsom has been named as the new Defra secretary in prime minister Theresa May’s Cabinet reshuffle. The pro-Brexit campaigner and MP for South Northamptonshire dropped out of the Conservative leadership…

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What is the future of farming post Covid and post Brexit?

The long-term success of British farming depends on the sector becoming more internationally competitive, says renowned economist Sean Rickard. Post Brexit, the government will be doing trade deals with countries…

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