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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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Farmers to be paid for delivery of better animal welfare

Much has been said about the move to a new “public money for public goods” basis for supporting English farmers as post-Brexit Britain transitions away from the old EU system…


Analysis: What could reform of milk contract law achieve?

Last week, Defra fired the starting pistol on a 12-week consultation with the UK dairy industry on how it may regulate the supply contracts between farmers and processors. Those in…


Waitrose food standards pledge - are others on board?

Supermarket chain Waitrose has broken ranks with the other UK retailers by promising it will never sell any products that do not meet the high standards of British farmers but…


Q&A: NFUS' Andrew McCornick on Scottish farming prospects

With coronavirus and Brexit uppermost in people’s minds, we ask NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick for his assessment of current agricultural prospects. What are the biggest threats to Scottish farmers,…

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Grazing cattle help bring back rare blue butterfly

A rare butterfly has been successfully reintroduced into the English countryside after Natural England and partners created the ideal habitat using cows grazing meadows. The globally endangered large blue butterfly…


Beet growers face double whammy on imports and neonics

British sugar beet growers face seeing their competitiveness undermined by a rising tide of imports and a ban on production methods allowed in other countries. It follows a government decision…


Save British Farming unveils food standards poster campaign

Organisers of Save British Farming (SBF) have unveiled new banners and posters urging the UK government and MPs to uphold our world-leading agricultural standards. SBF are rolling out the “Board…


France to lift neonics ban to save beet industry

The French government is planning to lift a blanket ban on the use of neonicotinoids to help save its sugar beet industry. Sugar beet crops in France have been ravaged…

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FW Opinion: From BPS to ELM – we need to know what the plan is

The lack of detail on how England’s farmers and landowners will make the transition from BPS support to the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is concerning, to say the…


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: 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…

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…

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