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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…


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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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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Defra farm minister Eustice answers your questions

Ahead of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham this weekend, we invited questions from you and put them to Defra farm minister George Eustice. From questions on bovine TB, to…


Interview: Lib Dem leader Vince Cable on Brexit and farming

As well as being leader of the Liberal Democrats and a former cabinet minister, Sir Vince Cable is well versed in the fundamentals of farming; his wife Rachel Smith raised…


Farmers ahead of the game on conservation

“Farmers are the original friends of the Earth; they know that we cannot have a healthy economy, healthy society or healthy individuals unless we have a healthy environment.” So begins…


Analysis: What the Brexit White Paper means for farmers

Government plans for the UK’s future relationship with the EU, based on a free-trade area for goods, have come under sustained attack from across the political spectrum, raising questions about…

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Cities could receive farm support post Brexit

Urban land could be eligible for payments currently ring-fenced for English farmers – fuelling fears growers and livestock producers will be shortchanged as they strive to deliver Michael Gove's post-Brexit vision…


MPs table amendment to Agriculture Bill to support hill farmers

An amendment to the Agriculture Bill to support upland farmers post Brexit has been tabled by MPs. There is increasing uncertainty concerning the viability of hill farming after Brexit with…


Food imports must meet UK standards, say MPs

An influential committee of MPs has warned the government that food imports must meet British standards after the UK leaves the EU. The House of Commons environment, food and rural…


Agriculture Bill threat to rural economy, peers warned

Plans to abolish direct payments to farmers after the UK leaves the European Union threaten to disadvantage rural communities, peers have been told. The warning was issued by Tiverton and…

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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…


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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