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Tips to survive and thrive amid falling BPS payments

The UK agricultural sector is undergoing the biggest policy shake-up in 60 years, and government support for farmers is facing a radical overhaul. Defra has started its new Environmental Land…


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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What are political parties planning promises for farming?

“Ambitious” is the word most commonly used in reaction to the main parties’ manifesto commitments to house building, which range from 300,000 new homes a year, to 1.6m through the…


Analysis: What would Labour do for food and farming?

The main political parties have set out their visions for food and farming in their manifestos, as election day looms on Thursday 4 July. If the polls are correct, Sir…


Fruit and veg fears as key support scheme set to go

Investing in innovations and new equipment is a challenge when an industry operates on wafer-thin margins, but if another party is footing half of the bill, it is much more…


Interview: NFU president Tom Bradshaw speaks his mind

Tom Bradshaw was elected as the new NFU president just two weeks ago, taking over the leadership of the country’s largest farm union at a pivotal time for the whole…

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Bovine TB eradication my top priority, says Zeichner

Bovine TB disease control and eradication is the main priority for Defra’s new farming minister, Daniel Zeichner. Speaking at an NFU reception at the House of Lords in London, Mr…


Cabinet resignations ‘won’t derail Welsh SFS plans’

The Welsh Labour government says it remains committed to introducing the Sustainable Farming Scheme in 2026, despite this week’s ministerial upheavals. Wales’ first minister Vaughan Gething has announced plans to…


Welsh government reveals SFS 'preparatory phase' details

Welsh rural affairs secretary Huw Irranca-Davies insists he’s “getting on with the day job” amid turmoil and cabinet resignations at the heart of Welsh government. The Senedd member for Ogmore…


Gething to quit after four Welsh ministers resign

Wales' first minister Vaughan Gething has announced plans to quit after four members of the Welsh government’s cabinet resigned over concerns regarding his leadership. Former rural affairs secretary Lesley Griffiths…

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Editor's View: What NFU coronation says about our sector

Why has only one person put themselves forward to be president of the NFU? Nominations for the race closed a few weeks ago with the current deputy president, Tom Bradshaw,…


Charlie Flindt: We need to talk about deer numbers

It has been obvious for some time that we need to talk about deer – or, more specifically, the explosion in their numbers. There can’t be a farmer or landowner…


Eustice: I’ll ensure money coming out of BPS goes to farmers

George Eustice is the secretary of state at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Here he sets out his arguments why the new Environmental Land Management scheme is…


Eustice: Creative solutions needed to cut dependence on AN

George Eustice is the secretary of state at Defra. Here he sets out his arguments for why more imaginative thinking is needed to reduce farming's dependence on inorganic fertiliser. My…

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Trade deals and tree planting debated at FW Question Time

Issues surrounding trade deals, imports, and farming policy were debated in front of a full auditorium at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) in Cirencester for the final Farmers Weekly Question…

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Video: Farmers wake up Westminster with lively tractor rally

Dozens of fed-up farmers drove their tractors to Westminster to send a stark message to MPs and civil servants – stop killing our livelihoods and start backing British farming. A…


Farmers put boot into Welsh government farm policy plans

NFU Cymru members have given the Welsh government’s future farming policy plans the boot – by placing thousands of pairs of wellies on the steps of the Senedd. On Wednesday…


Video: 3,000 fed-up Welsh farmers say 'enough is enough'

An estimated 3,000 Welsh farmers and their supporters from across rural Wales descended on the Senedd, the home of the Welsh Parliament, for a mass demonstration against anti-farming policies, says…


Video: Trade and food security top concerns for Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats have passed a wide-ranging motion pledging better support for British farmers to produce food more sustainably, protect the environment and uphold their high standards in trade deals.…

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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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