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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

ENVIRONMENT

Results-based pilot scheme helps farmers deliver green goals

A pioneering scheme that gives farmers flexibility to create their own environmental plan tailored for their land is achieving fantastic results for local wildlife, say industry leaders. Defra published the…

LIVESTOCK

Are rare breed native cattle set for a resurgence in the UK?

The UK's native livestock breeds could be set for a resurgence. Farmers Weekly met Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) chief executive Christopher Price to find out how. Read the Q&A…

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…

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News

BREXIT

Government's 'crazy' Brexit tariff plan 'will hurt farmers'

Defra secretary Theresa Villiers has failed to quell concerns that farmers will be exposed to a flood of cheap food imports in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Farm leaders…

FARM POLICY

Farmers pooh-pooh Tory plans to send animals to nearest abattoir

Farmers and meat industry representatives have dismissed as “unworkable” government plans to ensure livestock are sent to the closest abattoir for slaughter. The idea, unveiled by the Conservative Party at…

FARM POLICY

Farmers hit back after lawyer says eating meat should be illegal

Left-wing lawyer Michael Mansfield QC has sparked anger among the farming community after claiming that eating meat could soon be banned. Speaking at the launch of the “Vegan Now” campaign…

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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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