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Opinion: OSR has no future - but what to replace it with?

A recent poll on Twitter with the rather sombre hashtag #RIPOSR found that 46% of respondents will not grow oilseed rape again. I am one of them. Well, I can’t…

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Opinion: Maintain the focus to keep staff safe from pandemic

Like a lot of farmers, I have to confess that I am having a good Covid-19 pandemic. If ever there was a right time to be a bald, childless, potato…

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FW Opinion: Good riddance to greening, what will replace it?

On the basis of giving credit where credit is due, Defra’s announcement that the so-called “greening” element of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) is to be scrapped for English farmers…

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Opinion: Tax reliefs under threat as Sunak seeks new revenue

Farmers have so far escaped the worst economic effects of coronavirus, with farmgate commodity prices mostly stable and the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) still due to pay out in full. …

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Opinion: 'Global Britain' trade ambitions border on cynical

While the agricultural part of trade policy continues to make the front pages, this is also where the “Global Britain” policy ambitions often look their most empty – even cynical.…

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Opinion: Work ethic beats experience for new farm workers

During the coronavirus lockdown we have gained a new recruit on the farm. We were busy laying tracks, fencing and building our new milking parlour and we knew that my…

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FW Opinion: Beware complacency when it comes to farm safety

First the good news – the number of deaths on farms in England, Scotland and Wales has dropped to a record low, according to the latest report from the Health…

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Opinion: What the new trade group needs to know about US beef

My eldest son lived in various places in the US for 18 years and I visited him several times. Knowing of my obsession with agriculture, he would arrange for me…

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Opinion: Farmers are seriously undervalued in the free market

All too often we hear that our food system is broken and not fit for purpose. This, I believe, is unfair. If we look back over the past three months…

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FW Opinion: Punishment must fit the crime in our rural areas

Rural crime is a threat to farmers that shows very little sign of abating. The coronavirus pandemic and extreme weather mean this year has been challenging enough, but farmers continue…

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Opinion: Decent broadband essential to recover from lockdown

This week, even as  the nights have started getting shorter, we finally got the winter tyres changed on the car. This is a tiny step towards a more normal state…

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Opinion: Greater inclusivity can benefit farming in many ways

We are often being encouraged to “foster an inclusive culture” in agriculture, but what does it actually mean? According to Google, “inclusive” is defined as “including all the services or…

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Opinion: New Trade and Agriculture Commission looks toothless

Liz Truss’ announcement last week that her Department for International Trade (DIT) has decided to "agree in principle" to the setting up of a Trade and Agriculture Commission “to consider…

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FW Opinion: Stay safe as Harvest 2020 gets under way

For most mixed and arable farmers, the start of harvest is a time of considerable excitement. As the combines fire up and those gargantuan machines lumber into the first fields…

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Opinion: Public access should be embraced - and paid for

The farm I grew up on had a deserted village, where the good land runs out into rough grazing and moorland – well, if you call a few ruined walls…

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Opinion: Family matters, especially during troublesome times

In the midst of the worst global pandemic in more than a century, with all its associated human tragedies and dire economic consequences, it can be hard to stay positive.…

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FW Opinion: Can we influence milk contracts and ELM?

If anyone doubted the impact effective lobbying can have, look no further than this week’s announcement that the government is to set up a new Trade and Agriculture Commission, to…

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Opinion: No protection from cheap imports is a huge blunder

“Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them, Volleyed and thundered. Stormed at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well, Into…

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