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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

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

Theresa Villiers: 11 facts you need to know

Appointed as the new Defra boss by incoming prime minister Boris Johnson, Theresa Villiers takes the job at a critical time in our industry’s history. Farmers Weekly explores the views…

BREXIT

Q&A: Michael Gove at the Royal Welsh Show

Defra secretary Michael Gove remains convinced that the UK will leave the European Union with a deal. In 2017, on his first visit to the Royal Welsh Show as minister,…

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…

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News

FARM POLICY

Farmers invited to help shape national food strategy

The government is inviting farmers and the public to have their say on a planned shake-up of the UK's food industry Defra says the call for evidence will give people…

NEWS

Boost farm sector by investing in connectivity, says report

More investment in digital connectivity is needed so farmers can tap into lucrative markets for local food, says a think-tank report. The government must take action to transform the British…

BREXIT

Defra to receive just £35m from £1bn no-deal Brexit pot

Defra has been allocated just £35m of the £1.1bn set aside by the Treasury for no-deal Brexit planning, with the money expected to be used primarily for IT support and…

FARM POLICY

Theresa Villiers – what farmers want from her

Brexit and trade issues are a huge concern for farmers right now, but what else do they see as priorities? FW asks a cross-section of farmers which particular issue they would…

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Opinion

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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