The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together

Fifteen months ago an idea came into my head. Wouldn't it be brilliant if some of the young farmers and conservationists who are just starting out in their careers could come together at an event to learn from each other, talk with each other and build connections. After all, as individual organisations and networks Young … Continue reading The Next Generation of farmers and naturalists talking together

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How crucial are direct payments for farmers?

In a recent policy document the NFU has suggested that continuing direct payments (at least in the short-term) in a new British Agricultural Policy will be crucial to help farm businesses deal with volatility. Before I read the report I must admit that I had become convinced that withdrawing as much support as possible is … Continue reading How crucial are direct payments for farmers?

Data sharing is vital to maintain animal welfare standards post-Brexit – Guest Post by Martin Coates

The UK’s imminent departure from the EU poses many challenges for farmers, food producers and processors. Not least amongst these is the need to ensure the continued high standards of animal welfare and meat processing so consumers can have confidence in the quality of the food in our shops. With the potential increase in risk … Continue reading Data sharing is vital to maintain animal welfare standards post-Brexit – Guest Post by Martin Coates

One fifth of English farms have disappeared in past 10 years

England's green and pleasant land: a patchwork quilt of green and gold fields with quaint little villages nestled in between and ancient farms run by families who have worked the land for generations. Is this a true perspective of the English countryside? You and I know that this rose-tinted view is not the reality, nor … Continue reading One fifth of English farms have disappeared in past 10 years

Farmers Weekly’s Philip Clarke says ‘the time has come for farmers to speak up’.

Tomorrow, like every Friday, I will receive my regular Farmers Weekly through the post. Occasionally I get the time to read it cover to cover. Sometimes it takes me a couple of days. Mostly however I will dip in and out of the pages (as I do with other magazines and papers) as the week … Continue reading Farmers Weekly’s Philip Clarke says ‘the time has come for farmers to speak up’.

Book Review: ‘Land of Plenty’ by Charlie Pye-Smith

It won’t be news to any regular reader of this blog to hear that many farmers struggle to make a living from the land. Farming is famously volatile and those running farming businesses are at the mercy of world markets, changing government policy and of course the weather! The decision to withdraw from the European … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Land of Plenty’ by Charlie Pye-Smith

Rural Coalition Statement 2017

You may not have heard of it, but 'The Rural Coalition' recently published its 2017 statement, outlining the policy priorities and actions that it thinks will be required to sail rural communities through Brexit and beyond in a safe and secure (as opposed to strong and stable) manner. The Rural Coalition is exactly what it … Continue reading Rural Coalition Statement 2017