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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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Q&A: New Scottish rural affairs minister quizzed on policy

Mairi Gougeon was appointed Scotland’s new cabinet secretary for rural affairs and islands in first minister Nicola Sturgeon’s post-election reshuffle in May. Ms Gougeon, the Scottish National Party’s MSP for…


Trees can earn more than wheat under new planting scheme

Farmers are being urged to crack on with tree planting sooner rather than later, with the suggestion that grants under the new England Woodland Creation Offer (Ewco) are “as good…


Badger cull 'exit strategy' raises TB disease control fears

The government has confirmed it will no longer issue licences for intensive badger culling from 2022, as part of efforts to tackle bovine TB in England. And the practice will…


Will Defra's lump-sum exit scheme appeal to farmers?

Faced with the greatest farm policy shake-up in 50 years, farmers have been frustrated in recent times by the lack of detail about what is to replace the CAP –…

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Empower farmers to carry out water and flood management - CLA

Government agencies must work more closely with farmers and landowners, and empower them to carry out low-risk flood defence work, according to a new report released by the Country Land…


Political rumour and the weather combine to hit OSR values

Oilseed rape prices have dropped, driven down by improved weather prospects in key growing areas and rumours over US president Joe Biden’s intervention in the biofuel market. Paris Matif rapeseed…


Australia trade deal 'risks UK sugar beet competitiveness'

An increase in sugar imports from Australia will make it “very difficult” for British sugar beet growers to remain competitive, the NFU has warned. Cambridgeshire beet grower and NFU Sugar…


Lobby MPs over Australia trade deal concerns, farmers told

Farmers are being urged to write to their MPs asking them to ensure their high standards are not undercut in a free-trade deal between the UK and Australia. The plea…

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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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