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FW Opinion: Clear direction needed in fight against emissions

Nothing highlights the precarious nature of farming like the weather. Successful farming – and our ability to feed the world – ultimately depends on the right combination of rain and…

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Opinion: Thumbs up for electric car but wood burning is a no

Four years ago, I paid a deposit for an electric car. We generate quite a lot of our own power from photovoltaic panels and it seemed like a neat way…

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Opinion: Time to look on the bright side of life

I keep an old article written by a New Zealand farm consultant by the side of my desk. Nuggets of wisdom to remember when things aren’t going well. I refer…

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FW Opinion: Back British Farming, protect against cheap imports

This week’s Back British Farming Day may have lacked some of the fanfare of past occasions – no tractors in Westminster, no tête-à-tête with the prime minister, no food tastings…

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Opinion: Rewilding and more public access will not feed UK

Environmentalist George Monbiot recently wrote an article for The Guardian claiming that “English landowners have stolen our rights”, and that “landed power, based on theft, slavery and colonial looting crushes…

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Opinion: Simplicity is the best policy for ELM

After all the hype suggesting a revolutionary change in how agri-environment schemes are designed and run in England, it turns out that the new Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme is…

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FW Opinion: Time to show the sheep sector a bit more love

In case it passed you by, this week has been Love Lamb Week – a £1.5m, seven-day promotion of everything that’s good about sheep farming in general and lamb in…

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Opinion: Farmer voices needed in dairy contract consultation

Michael Oakes, chairman of the NFU dairy board gives his views on why dairy farmers should get involved in the government's dairy contract consultation. Dairy farmers, for once, have an…

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Opinion: Government action of food security is now critical

Covid 19 has dramatically illustrated how connected and by extension, how dependent on, we are with practically every other country on earth. Never in living memory has a virus spread…

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Opinion: A bright future for farming is not rocket science

I watched in awe this week as the private company Space X, owned by the multi-billionaire Elon Musk, launched its 100th rocket, landing the booster upright on a glorified raft…

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FW Opinion: Bigger benefits when supply chain works together

Like most farmers, sugar beet growers have had a challenging year. A wet autumn and winter played havoc with harvest. The exceptionally dry spring that followed hampered establishment of this…

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Opinion: Getting some off-farm downtime is time well spent

By the time this is published we should be back from a short break. Three days in a place with limited facilities, the same climate and less attractive surroundings than…

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Opinion: Robotics could be the death knell for family farms

Technology is widely regarded in agriculture as the way forward to improve efficiency and production and safeguard food security and the environment. But not everyone agrees. Adam Payne, a campaigner…

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Opinion: Technology is key to better environment and welfare

The government’s trifecta of objectives for British agriculture – namely to deliver an industry that is internationally competitive, while achieving world-class levels of both animal welfare and environmental net gain…

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FW Opinion: Dismal harvest underlines food security threat

With well over half the UK grain harvest now gathered in, there is no doubt that many arable farmers have endured the toughest of years. From start to finish, the…

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Flindt on Friday: Pant ant counters ‘insect Armageddon’ myth

The moment I realised that an ant had been playing havoc in my swimming trunks was the moment I also realised that insect apocalypse has officially still not reached central…

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Opinion: Hedgerow epiphany rights wrongs of the past

All right, but apart from chickens, improved breeds of sheep, oats, superior bread-making wheat varieties, cabbage, cucumbers, cherries, wine grapes, apples, plums, and all in all, an incredible total of…

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Opinion: Greening was a blunt instrument

The other week, I was talking to an applicant to the Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme about not being able to use CS options for ecological focus areas (EFAs), and advising…

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