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Find out about UK and EU government agricultural policy and what it means for farmers. Be the first to hear the news on Defra’s plans for farm payments and subsidies post Brexit, and environmental schemes and funding. Hear how the NFU, AHDB and farm industry leaders’ lobby the government to help shape farm policy.

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MACHINERY

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…

BUSINESS

10 most common cross-compliance breaches

Support payments are declining year-on-year, so avoiding cross-compliance penalties is becoming ever more important. Charles Mayson, managing director of Cross Compliance Solutions, highlights some of the most common breaches in…

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Case studies

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…

ENVIRONMENT

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,…

NEWS

‘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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Insights

FARM POLICY

Organic campaigner - how profit and sustainability can work

Achieving more sustainable food production in the UK will require a “carrot and stick” approach, but with more emphasis on inducements than penalties, according to Sustainable Food Trust chief executive…

NFU CONFERENCE

NFU19: What will farming look like in 2040?

Brexit may be dominating the political agenda, but farmers also need to consider the longer term and start preparing for what will be a very different operating environment. That is…

FARM POLICY

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…

BUSINESS

Outlook 2019: Farm policy and support payments

The UK and the EU’s March 2019 Brexit transition deal or “implementation period” will last until the end of 2020 if we exit with a deal. During this time the…

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News

FARM POLICY

Poll: Would Michael Gove make a good prime minister?

Defra secretary Michael Gove is one of 10 Conservative candidates in the running to replace Theresa May as prime minister. Conservative MPs will now take part in a series of…

SHEEP

Livestock worrying consultation attracts over 1,000 responses

The Scottish government is being urged to change the law to allow farmers who lose sheep to dog worrying to be fully compensated for their actual losses. There have been…

FARM POLICY

Defra's environment scheme criticised by National Audit Office

Doubts have been raised about the viability of Defra’s planned Environmental Land Management (ELM) pilot scheme, with the government still undecided about what environmental outcomes it wants or how much money…

POULTRY

Poll: Should we take chlorinated chicken in a US trade deal?

The issue of chlorinated chicken will be on the agenda during post-Brexit trade talks between the US and the UK, it has emerged. Meat processors in the US wash chicken…

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Video

LIVESTOCK

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…

NEWS

Video: Farmers plan second march through London

A protest which saw more than 1,000 farmers march through central London was so successful that organisers are planning to descend on the city again. A second march will take…

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