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Opinion: No need for farmers to fear life after Brexit

As Brexit approaches, the volume from those who oppose the democratic decision of this nation to leave the European Union gets louder and louder. We’ve heard a lot from two…

NEWS

Opinion: Us 'cowpokes' branded 'second class citizens'

There’s nothing I like better than being part of an angry mob in a saloon.    So it was that I set off to a local pub to listen to…

NEWS

Opinion: Female farmers making their mark at events

This month, I’ve been honoured with an invitation to speak at the fourth Women in Dairy Conference. They might regret this, as I’ll have a nine-week-old baby in tow who…

OPINION

Opinion: Fairer sex brings a touch of class to upland farm

It’s a year ago now since I went to bed with the local primary school teacher and woke up the next morning lying next to one of the local sheep…

NEWS

Opinion: How to make the most of a food scare story

The media calls August the silly season, because it’s a holiday month when both journalists and politicians take leave. That means the media can be short of news, which, in…

NEWS

Opinion: Judge glyphosate on the science

“So, Mr Smith,” asked the news reporter live on national TV. “How do you respond to the news that it’s been proven to a jury in California that glyphosate causes…

NEWS

Opinion: Welsh farmers must take part in Brexit consultation

Last month the Welsh government launched perhaps its most important consultation paper since devolution – Brexit and our Land: Securing the Future of Welsh Farming. Having now read through it…

NEWS

Opinion: We can't fill our bellies just with imports Mrs May

Prime minister Theresa May assured NFU president Minette Batters when they met that she supported agriculture. She later promised a delegation of Welsh farmers at Builth Wells her “Chequers deal”…

NEWS

Opinion: We must bridge the farmer-consumer disconnect

We live in an age of astounding technological breakthroughs, moving from pay phones to smartphones and paper maps to Google maps in what seems like the blink of an eye.…

NEWS

Opinion: Let's turn the humble footpath into a farming asset

During a previous economic crisis in the early 1970s, my brother emigrated to New Zealand. Working and raising a family, it was not until the late 1990s that he made…

NEWS

Opinion: Life without glyphosate is hard to contemplate

I love the smell of glyphosate in the morning. In fact, such is the extent of my use of this ubiquitous desiccant over a 40-year farming career, I have learned…

NEWS

Opinion: Is Countryside Stewardship worth the hassle?

When our second Entry Level Scheme (ELS) expired in 2015, we stood in the front rank of farms ready to automatically transition into the new Countryside Stewardship (CS) process. Perhaps…

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Opinion: Memories of 1976 show progress has been made

I was only five at the time of last drought. I know – it’s hard to believe. No, not that I am nearing 50… rather that it has taken 42…

BREXIT

Opinion: Cheap food after Brexit is an illusion

Brexit creating strong opinions is nothing new. Yet in food, we continue to see some exaggerated statements when it comes to the potential impact on prices. Yes, part of the…

YOUNG FARMERS

Opinion: Time to preserve all that is good about Young Farmers

The party is over for our young farmers. No encore. No last hurrah. After a 50-year roller-coaster, the essence of what makes the Young Farmers’ Clubs so special is dead.…

YOUNG FARMERS

Opinion: New approach needed for NFYFC convention

After 50 years, the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (NFYFC) annual convention is coming to an end. This is a brave decision and I applaud the NFYFC council –…

NEWS

Opinion: How innovation could reduce ordering drudgery

Like most people, I guess, I am a big fan of anything that simplifies my life while simultaneously saving me money. Which is why I am particularly pleased with the…

NEWS

Opinion: Cattle and sheep could cut extreme hill fire risk

As I write, the Otterburn ranges, where we live, are still smouldering. Fire broke out several weeks ago, caused by the army live firing onto bone-dry moorland.  I’ve been told…

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