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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…

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Case studies

DIVERSIFICATION

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…

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

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Agriculture Bill proposes significant changes to tenancies

Greater power for tenants, modified succession rules and new guidance for rent reviews are among the changes proposed in the new Agriculture Bill.   The 2020 Agriculture Bill was introduced…

FARM POLICY

What the new Agriculture Bill contains for farmers

The eagerly anticipated Agriculture Bill has been published – for a second time – but this time with a cast-iron guarantee of becoming an act of parliament, without the need…

FARM POLICY

Agriculture Bill: What's new and what's Eustice promising?

Defra minister George Eustice has pledged to tackle poor profitability and look after farmers as the government pushes ahead with its plans to reform support for agriculture. Mr Eustice made…

ENVIRONMENT

More visitors to the countryside – good or bad for farming?

The vital role of farmers in shaping the nation’s protected landscapes must be recognised as new policies are drawn up for the countryside, industry leaders say. Their warning follows calls…

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News

FARM POLICY

Date announced for mass rally for agriculture

The date has been confirmed for a mass rally for UK agriculture which is expected to bring busloads of farmers from across the country to central London. The rally will…

FARM POLICY

Calls for compulsory CCTV in all Welsh abattoirs

CCTV should be made compulsory in every abattoir in Wales to ensure that high standards of animal welfare are upheld, according to a group of assembly members. The National Assembly…

ENVIRONMENT

UK climate report: Cut red meat by 20% and plant more trees

Reducing the number of ruminants and increased tree planting on farmland are key to meeting the UK’s “net zero” carbon ambitions, says the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Launching its…

FARM POLICY

Batters begins election campaign with environment call

Farm leaders and environmental campaigners have joined forces to secure a fair deal for British agriculture and the countryside. New alliances are needed to ensure British farmers can continue to…

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Opinion

FARM POLICY

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

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

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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