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Opinion: Where are the new food production 'saviours'?

I’ve just read a biography of Dr Norman Borlaug entitled The Man who Fed the World. For those too young to remember, he was the modest, Iowan farm boy who…

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FW Opinion: Food security is easier to preserve than to fix

The announcement in the past week that training and a test will shortly no longer be necessary before towing a trailer on the road was greeted with astonishment by many.…

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Opinion: Farmers must still raise efficiency to cut methane

Despite the predictably apocalyptic tone of much of the media reporting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) recently released report, there were some rather more encouraging messages beneath…

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Opinion: Remembering harvests past, for all the wrong reasons

Another harvest is in the shed. I’ve noticed lately that remembering previous harvests becomes a bit of a blur, but if I can recollect them, then it’s usually for the…

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FW Opinion: Dairy could hold keys to more profitable beef

"Nobody will be able to afford to keep a Limousin cow in the future," a well-known farmer said to me this week. Although currently enjoying top prices in the marketplace,…

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Opinion: Farm maps show how much and how little has changed

There are certain things that happen as you become a middle-aged man. Those injuries that you once laughed off start to ache constantly, you consider 11pm to be an extremely…

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Opinion: Bank the benefits of badger culling before it goes

The government’s decision to no longer issue badger control licences after 2022 comes as a blow to the farming community, especially those in high-risk and edge areas who live with…

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FW Opinion: Rewilding will be a business decision

A recent tweet by well-known East Yorkshire arable farmer Paul Temple has revealed the diversity of opinion that exists around the controversial subject of rewilding. Mr Temple’s initial comment reflects…

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Opinion: Time to challenge the anti-farming climate zealots

I recently enjoyed taking my toddler to the zoo for the first time and seeing his face light up at the magnificent animals gathered from all corners of the globe…

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Opinion: Lobby your MP on abattoirs before it's too late

Having owned a pub for the past seven years, in which we serve our own home-produced organic Sussex beef and Southdown lamb, regular trips to local abattoirs have become woven…

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Flindt on Friday: 2021 becoming an 'Alfasud MOT’ harvest

Perhaps it’s a good thing that Messrs Fleur Telecom and Openreach have – once again – conspired to supply us with about 20 minutes of internet connection a day. It…

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FW Opinion: Good times won’t last if supply chain can’t hire

It’s been a good week to be the underdog – farmworkers and lorry drivers will surely have more of a spring in their step than their paymasters as they head…

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Opinion: Lack of succession planning can stifle ambition

We open this week’s column with a quote from our old friend, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the late ruler of the United Arab Emirates: “My grandfather rode a…

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Opinion: Now is the time to take up the carbon challenge

Farming is a long-term business that needs time to change course and adapt. So it is important to understand the future and what long-term obstacles and opportunities may be looming.…

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Opinion: Keep it simple and pay well if you want ELM to work

How did farmers look after the countryside before we started telling them how to do it? I ask this after emerging from another round of Countryside Stewardship (CS) applications in…

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FW Opinion: Catchy harvest no excuse to relax safety rules

A trip to Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat this week was a reminder that the world’s best long-range weather forecast happened thousands of years ago (and Jason Donovan is…

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Opinion: Puppy training - a perfect alternative to a holiday

At least one aspect of farming is booming at present – sheepdog production. I noted the report of the recent Skipton sheepdog sale (Taking Stock, 30 July) hitting 10,000 guineas,…

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Opinion: The value of local farm shows can't be overstated

I find myself writing this on a day that, in a normal year, would be the highlight of the local calendar. The beginning of August in our region hails the…

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