Episode 24 of Meet the Farmers features Suffolk arable and sheep farmer John Pawsey (@hanslope on twitter). John is well known in the farming world for being innovative and his organic mixed farming system is testimony to this, combining the very best of new and traditional knowledge. He is also an accomplished musician, as you … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 24 – John Pawsey
Episode 22 features George Young, an arable farmer based in south Essex. George worked in banking before returning to his family's farm in his late twenties. He has an eye for doing something that's a bit different and is currently growing buckwheat and lentils, among other projects. He also thinks that farmers should be thankful … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ episode 22 – George Young
Last week I attended an event organised by the Woodland Trust and hosted by Stephen Briggs at his farm in Cambridgeshire. The aim of the afternoon was partly to introduce farmers to the potential for using agroforestry on their farms, partly to discuss the Defra 'Health and Harmony' consultation document and partly to encourage delegates … Continue reading Woodland Trust event calls for farmers to respond to Defra Command Paper
Tom Bradshaw is a forward thinking arable farmer with diversification key to his overall business. The equestrian yard at his home farm in Essex seems to be just as important to the long-term health of his business as the main arable enterprise which is based on contracting agreements with neighbouring farms. Tom is also a … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 14 – Tom Bradshaw at Fletchers Farm
Tom Martin returned to his family's farm in Cambridgeshire a few years ago after several years working in various different industries. As well as managing the arable side of things on the farm he's now active in a range of farming linked organisations, including the NFU, CLA, LEAF and East of England Agricultural Society. Recently … Continue reading ‘Meet the Farmers’ – episode 11 – Tom Martin
Ed Ford is an arable farmer from near Brentwood in Essex, Chairman of the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs and a Trustee of Forage Aid.
In this week's Farmers Weekly it is difficult to ignore their campaign to repeal the August hedge cutting ban. It seems that the furrows in the brows of contractors are getting deeper and two years after the ban was put in place they continue to call for its reversal. It is an issue that seems to … Continue reading Who will win the Hedge Cutting debate? Birds v Contractors
Farmers depend upon nature for a range of free services – from pollination to pest control – but, unbeknown to them, could the seeds they are using be harming the very creatures that they need most? A new report from Friends of the Earth - Farming Wheat without Neonicotinoids - makes the case for neonicotinoid … Continue reading ‘Wheat farming – neonic seeds are bad news for the birds and the bees’ – Guest Post by Sandra Bell
It won't come as a shock to many to hear that the year thus far has been incredibly warm and dry, particularly in the south and east of the UK. Back in September, Gravesend in Kent faced temperatures of 34.4 degrees celsius, the hottest September day in more than 100 years. Other areas have suffered … Continue reading What’s the future for Oil Seed Rape?
A week ago, all eyes in the European arable industry were on the European Commission as they decided whether or not to place a ban on neonicotinoids, the pesticide family thought to be influencing the decline in bee populations. In fact, in the end, only 15 member states voted for the ban on clothianidin, imidacloprid and … Continue reading Bees , Pesticides and Politicians