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Opinion: Neale McQuistin on living with Network Rail

I’ll be disappointed if transport secretary Chris Grayling is still in his job by the time this column appears. Travelling on the rail network has become a nightmare for many…

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Opinion: Farm subsidies benefit everyone, not just farmers

I have attended (or should I say, survived), six Burns’ suppers this year. Having a speaking part at five of them ensured that it wasn’t all fun and whisky for…

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Opinion: Celebrating the power of positive thought

My new year’s resolution last year was to say “yes” to more things; not in a way that would have got me into trouble as a younger man, but to…

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Opinion: We must enable women to play a wider role in farming

I have been lucky enough to return from a few days away at Center Parcs with my husband and son. We were well overdue a break, and this was sure…

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Flindt on Friday: Badgers have gone and we're clear of TB

You may find this hard to believe, but we have actually done a bit of farming recently, in among the rain, frost, snow and the endless rows with the RPA…

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Will's Way: Three-wheeled muck trailer and a mad motorist

In his latest farm update, ex-Sky reporter-turned-farmer Will Sargent reports on new arrivals on the farm, an unforeseen breakdown and more shooting success. One of the problems with being a…

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Will’s Way: Shooting success and fury at fly-tippers

In this update, ex-Sky presenter-turned-farmer Will Sargent attempts to fight a flurry of fly-tipping on his farm, while getting to grips with organising the local shoot – and he steps…

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Will's Way: New baby, kit breakdowns and back to college

The girls are taking over. My second daughter Siena arrived safely on 24 September and now I’m outnumbered by three to one. I’ve never lived with so many women before…

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Opinion: 'Let them eat bacon,' says David Alvis

Embarrassing as it may be, I am something of a fan of “I’m a Celebrity, get me out of here!” Bizarrely, I never seem to tire of watching C-list celebs…

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Opinion: None the wiser on post-EU farm support

To the Farmers Club in Whitehall to hear farms minister at Defra (and famous Eurosceptic) George Eustice deliver a talk. As recently as February, Mr Eustice was promising the NFU…

Succession planning: Not easy, but essential

My father and I have finally tackled the thorny matter of succession. I can’t see why most farmers make such a fuss about it – it barely took us a…

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News

Opinion: What are we allowed to eat these days?

Even by recent standards of confused and contradictory reported advice on healthy eating, it has been a bumper couple of weeks. A glance through the papers and the news channels…

Opinion: What about us English beef and sheep farmers?

The Scots are for it and threatening to make an independence issue of it. I am referring, of course, to the Scottish government’s determined campaign to persuade first Brussels and…

OPINION: From high-tech IT to low-tech skittles

Technology is both the bane and saviour of my life. My horrible children laugh like drains at my inability to grasp the difference between Snapchat and Instagram – one apparently…

Opinion: Farmers' moral compass can fight critics

A change of leader is always seen as an opportunity to reflect. It doesn’t matter if it is the prime minister or the publican at the Goat and Boots, when…

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Opinion: Consider the costs of farming injuries

Sadly, the new figures published by the Health and Safety Executive last week brought no surprises. Every week I read on social media, or in Farmers Weekly, about somebody suffering…

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Opinion: Running out of options as margins squeezed

Andersons, the farm business consultancy, has been touring the country giving its take on farming’s future. One of the tools it uses is a fictional farm, called Loam Farm, whose…

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Opinion: Don't take food security for granted, Mr Gove

“You may not be interested in war, but war is interested in you” is an adage attributed to the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky. It suggests that unanticipated events have a…

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Opinion: Time to tap into demand for 'quality'

Food and farming lags behind other industries when it comes to providing accurate information about how differences in production systems affect quality, writes Peter Melchett, policy director at the Soil Association.…

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Will's Way video: New baby, ploughing and pigeon patrol

In his latest update, ex-Sky News reporter-turned farmer Will Sargent talks through a hectic time on the farm cultivating land, protecting oilseed rape crops from pigeon damage and getting ready…

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Will's Way video: Pigeons, muckspreading and paperwork

In his latest update, ex-Sky-reporter-turned farmer Will Sargent recounts battles with airborne pests, demolition work and even a bit of harvesting in March. Watch his video diary, see the farm…

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