The UK has experienced one of the wettest and mildest winters on record, with particularly high rainfall levels in the west of England and Wales.
Travelling to a farm in the Trough of Bowland last week gave me opportunity to reflect on what’s been a topsy-turvy winter: sometimes mild, sometimes cold, mostly soggy – and catastrophically wet for some, writes Elaine Jewkes.
It is nearly 21 years since Farm Business Tenancies were introduced to encourage more letting of land and increase opportunities for new entrants.
This year is seeing a raft of new laws coming into force which farming businesses need to be aware of, writes Steven Corfield.
NFU Shropshire chairman Richard Yates has backed the next generation to help drive the NFU forward in the county, as the industry looks to bounce back from a difficult year.
The theme for this year’s Oxford Farming Conference was ‘Bold Agriculture’, and Defra minister Liz Truss, giving the conference keynote speech, called for a bold re-shaping of Defra to step up to the increasing opportunities and challenges facing UK farmers of global markets such as China.
The NFU is urging the RPA to give farmers certainty and confidence in lieu of a paid claim as the RPA announces that just 50 per cent of farmers received a BPS payment last month.
The 2015 English Winter Fair, organised by the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society at Bingley Hall, on Staffordshire County Showground, was a great success, building on the much improved event held in 2014.