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Opinion: Apprenticeships can help bridge the skills gap

Over the past few weeks I’ve been riding a roller-coaster of information relating to apprenticeships and the new T Levels. I feel honoured to be part of the vital process…

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Opinion: 'Licence to farm' needed to secure taxpayer support

There is a maxim that goes something like “A good big ‘un will always beat a good little ‘un”, implying that in any sporting or military contest, size and power…

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Opinion: Complain about the media, but it’s not all bad news

Farming has always had an uneasy relationship with the media. Almost exactly a century ago, the newspapers of the time were suggesting farmers had profiteered from the First World War.…

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Opinion: Welsh govt ‘dreadfully wrong’ in bovine TB approach

It speaks volumes when the very first slide shown at a Welsh government presentation to farmers about the current bovine TB situation is an advert for a farming mental health…

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Opinion: Rewilding could have its place if carefully managed

Britain, I am fond of saying, is a cultural landscape. Farming created it, pushing back the primeval woodland to grow crops and keep livestock. By Roman times most of Britain…

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Opinion: With the right support biomass has a bright future

New legislation committing the UK to zero carbon emission targets by 2050 means the government needs to find the most proven, sustainable and commercially viable routes to achieving its objectives.…

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Opinion: Substandard food imports are our greatest threat

In August 2017 my inaugural column was published in Farmers Weekly – 'First and foremost, farming is about food'. It all seemed so simple, and we had time. It was…

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Opinion: Downbeat Brexit report not gloomy enough

There is no doubt that the recent report No deal: the door to the decimation of UK farming, initiated by Farmers For a People’s Vote (a group that opposes a…

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Opinion: Positive engagement at Brighton Pride shows the way

A couple of weeks ago, I had the best experience of my life involving a tractor. First, though, I need to do a bit of a build-up to explain how…

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Opinion: Data needed to counter anti-farming green claims

Last month, Fonterra’s chief science and technology officer penned an article about the environmental effects of plant-based drinks versus real milk. He shared research showing that milk substitutes had double…

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Opinion: Farmers should challenge 'anti-meat' reporting

Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report made the headlines last week, there has been plenty of discussion about how these topics are reported, especially within the BBC.…

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Opinion: Risk management just as important as grain yield

Harvest 2019 is producing some bulging yields. Even my fellow columnist, farming on the deserts of Essex, has openly confessed to optimistic numbers on the combine yield meter. Farmers up…

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Opinion: Blustering Boris underestimates damage of no-deal Brexi...

Asked at the Royal Welsh Show about the likelihood of the UK leaving the European Union with or without a deal, the then Defra secretary Michael Gove is reported to…

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Opinion: Workforce engagement in tech advance is crucial

The agricultural sector, and indeed the fabric of the farming way of life, is facing ever more rapid change as challenges and opportunities evolve. According to the Harvard Business Review,…

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Opinion: Unimpressed with the new government

Oh cripes! Our new prime minister has pledged that we will leave the European Union, deal or no deal, on 31 October. At that date, we expect to still have…

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Opinion: 'Ethical' farming gives marketing advantage

Ethical dairy farming was not something I knew a lot about until very recently. I did milk cows for the first 15 years of my working life, but I can’t…

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Opinion: Support from Johnson, but is Villiers up to the job?

Well, after a seemingly interminable leadership campaign, the Johnson era has at last begun. Whatever your views on perhaps the most controversial prime minister since Winston Churchill in 1940, his…

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Opinion: Educating children on farming brings many rewards

I am uncomfortable with the idea of forced education for adults. As far as I can see, you either have a desire to learn about something you are not familiar…

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