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TECHNOLOGY

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…

FARM POLICY

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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WEED MANAGEMENT

Why growers must reduce reliance on pesticides

Growers are being urged to highlight the responsible approach they take to crop management – or face the prospect of further restrictions as the government pursues a “green” Brexit. The…

NEWS

Farmers on why they signed our hedgecutting petition

More than 1,700 people signed a Farmers Weekly petition urging Defra to repeal the August hedgecutting ban. At the end of this month, Farmers Weekly staff will present the petition…

NEWS

Why you should get behind our hedgecutting ban petition

Defra’s 2015 decision to extend the hedgecutting ban into August to protect nesting birds has been a huge frustration for the farming industry. The decision was taken without any public…

NEWS

Scottish elections: Parties unveil food and farming plans

Ahead of the Holyrood elections on 5 May, the four main political parties in Scotland have been outlining their proposals for food and farming. The Scottish National Party (SNP), the…

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Case studies

FARM POLICY

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…

WILDLIFE

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,…

NVZS

‘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

NEWS

How farming can profit from healthier diet trend

The recent Health and Harmony consultation from Defra, while covering a wide range of policy options for post-Brexit agriculture, has been criticised by some for its lack of focus on…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Why growers must reduce reliance on pesticides

Growers are being urged to highlight the responsible approach they take to crop management – or face the prospect of further restrictions as the government pursues a “green” Brexit. The…

NEWS

Gove's new farm pollution controls: The details and reaction

Stricter controls are to be imposed on fertiliser, manure and slurry applications under government plans to improve UK air quality. Dairy and beef farms are among the sectors that will…

NEWS

Thousands respond to Defra’s Health and Harmony consultation

Tens of thousands of individuals and organisations with an interest in food, farming and rural issues are believed to have responded to Defra’s “Health and Harmony” consultation, in the hope…

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News

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NFU chief to meet prime minister to discuss Brexit

NFU president Minette Batters is to meet prime minister Theresa May to press home the case for British agriculture ahead of Brexit. Ms Batters will raise a range of food…

NEWS

NFU to remain member of EU farm lobby group

The NFU will remain a key member of an influential European farm lobby organisation – after the UK leaves the EU. The Copa-Cogeca group represents farm unions and co-operatives from…

NEWS

EU farm lobby slams CAP reform plans

The head of EU farmers’ lobby Copa-Cogeca has issued a withering attack on plans to cap support payments for farmers. European farmers and agri-co-operatives met in Brussels on Friday (15…

NEWS

Defra unveils £5.3m in crop research funding

A £5.3m package unveiled by Defra aims to improve the resilience, sustainability and quality of major crops for UK farmers. Four leading agricultural research centres will help develop new technologies…

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Video

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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…

NEWS

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…

NFU CONFERENCE

Video: Plumb and Kendall unequivocal on EU referendum

Eminent agricultural leaders Lord Henry Plumb and Sir Peter Kendall say they will be voting to remain in the EU.  Sir Kendall, who was NFU president for eight years and…

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