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FW Opinion: Farming back on agenda thanks to #FeedTheNation

It is often said that times of crisis bring out the best in people, and so it has proved with this year’s coronavirus pandemic. The response of farmers to a…

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Opinion: Sunak should incentivise the public to buy British

British supermarkets and some of the biggest names in food supply, such as Unilever, McDonald’s and Nestle, have called for tougher laws on deforestation in supply chains.  Their proposal would…

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Opinion: Farmers must get more involved to make R&D relevant

James Wallace is a semi-retired seed merchant in Lincolnshire who acts as UK agent for foreign breeders, and undertakes consultancy for organisations developing new farm technology. He considers the role…

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Opinion: Embracing diversity can only benefit farming

Recently, a row erupted after Farmers Weekly advertised a webinar on the future of farming with an exclusively male panel. Emily Norton, head of rural research at Savills, called them…

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FW Opinion: All is not lost in fight over food standards

The timing could not have been more fitting. Just as MPs were debating and then rejecting the Lords’ amendments to the Agriculture Bill in parliament this week, Channel 4’s Dispatches…

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Opinion: Customs sector may be only winner in Brexit deal

Covid restrictions are back in our area, which is currently rated high risk. It is apparently now illegal for us to mix with another household indoors - presumably by some…

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Opinion: What’s the difference between a U-turn and a lie?

What’s the difference between a U-turn and a lie? In my view, not much, but in political terms it’s apparently OK if your lie is “very specific and limited”. We…

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FW Opinion: Integrated approach best for better environment

Earlier this year, NFU president Minette Batters seemed rather dismissive of George Eustice. Following his lacklustre performance at the NFU conference in February, she proclaimed to be “disappointed” with the…

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Opinion: Farming needs to show leadership on nitrogen issue

It makes up 80% of our atmosphere but, until 1910 at least, was perhaps the single most significant limiting factor in the development of agricultural productivity.  It forms the heart…

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Opinion: Is an interim support scheme the right way to go?

Anthony Weston is a farm and environment consultant with land and property management firm CLM in East Sussex. He discusses the plans for new support schemes for farmers and whether…

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Opinion: Change in farming should be embraced, not feared

In the year that we all want to forget, another milestone has arrived here at the farm – the dairy herd has spent its first full day in winter housing.…

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FW Opinion: Gloves are off when it comes to the badger cull

If ever there was a game of punch and counterpunch, the ongoing debate about the legitimacy of the English badger cull has to be it. First out of the corner…

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Opinion: BBC - let’s look at the case for the defence

Now that we no longer have the fictional bogeyman that is the European Union to blame for this nation’s many and varied problems (though large numbers steadfastly do so), who…

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Opinion: BBC's bias is damaging farming's reputation

Before I morph completely into “Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells”, I'd like to put it on record that I'm a fan of the BBC as a public subscription broadcaster. Having suffered…

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FW Opinion: Farming needs cast-iron guarantee on food imports

There was an almost audible sigh of relief earlier this week, as the House of Lords backed a number of amendments to the Agriculture Bill to afford greater protection from…

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Opinion: Planning advice - don't find a bat in a barn

The White Paper on reforming the planning system that followed prime minister Boris Johnson’s remarks on “newt counting being a drag on prosperity” may or may not be the new…

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Opinion: Plant-based agriculture is better for society

Iain Tolhurst is an organic farmer from Oxfordshire and a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). He believes livestock farmers should transition to crop production. Having…

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Opinion: Lack of detail on ELM scheme is 'inexcusable'

A few weeks ago, when turning on the TV, listening to the radio or opening a newspaper, it was impossible to avoid upland farmer James Rebanks espousing his views on…

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