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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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Analysis: How farmers can reverse self-sufficiency decline

UK food self-sufficiency has been declining for decades. We look at the reasons for this and ask what it would take to reverse this situation. The UK produces less than…


Aussie trade deal: Opportunities and threats to UK farmers

The post-Brexit free trade agreement between Britain and Australia offers a mix of threats and opportunities for UK farmers, according to an AHDB report. The levy board’s Horizon Report is…


Q&A Natural England: Farming and fighting climate change

Farmers Weekly speaks to Natural England chairman Tony Juniper about his vision for a more sustainable countryside. We find out how he sees farming fitting in to policies on climate…


Analysis: Farm policy gathers pace in UK devolved regions

If the first six months outside the EU were marked by Defra announcements of post-Brexit policy plans for English farmers, the past three months have at last seen some signs…

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FUW makes case for 'capping' support at Welsh Winter Fair

The Welsh government is being urged to maintain a payment cap on support schemes for agriculture after the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) ends, to prevent larger businesses from getting a…


Defra scientist offers climate solutions for UK agriculture

The UK’s chief scientist has suggested solutions to help UK agriculture reduce its environmental impact and meet its net-zero carbon targets. Professor Gideon Henderson, chief scientific adviser at Defra, laid…


MP call for immediate ban on farrowing crates thrown out

Proposals for an immediate ban on sow farrowing crates have been dropped from animal welfare legislation progressing through parliament. The original clause was lodged by shadow Defra minister Daniel Zeichner…


Farmers need clarity on ELM roadmap and ambitions, Defra told

Defra must set out a roadmap and clear ambitions for its upcoming Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme if it is to reach its target of enrolling 70% of farmers in…

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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: Farmer demands clarity on autumn muckspreading ban

A Surrey farmer is demanding clarity from the Environment Agency (EA) on behalf of all farmers over its effective ban on most manure applications to arable land in the autumn.…


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…

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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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