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Chris Bennett: NZ public backs flood-hit farmers

The clean-up is well under way after the "Canterbury floods" hit a few weeks ago where I farm in New Zealand. In what has been described as a "one-in-100-years event",…


Young farmers’ views sought on future use of land

Next-generation farmers and rural young people have been asked for their views on future land use to ensure their voice helps shape new government policy. Future policy on food production,…


Charlie Beaty: Next generation face 'mind-boggling' barriers

Defra's new plan to offer a lump sum of up to £100,000 to the "oldies" of our industry to hang up their flat caps and hand the reins over to…


Bridgette Baker: Trailer test success will open doors

After watching shocking reversing skills in the local abattoir queue, you might think it's unfair that those who passed their driving test before 1997 don't have to take a trailer…


Mark Simons: I'm giving up talking to vegans

I often find myself leaning on the words of Dale Carnegie, especially when trying to reason with vegans. His 1936 book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, suggests you…


James Herrick: Now's the time to respond to our critics

It is my belief that agriculture, like politics, thrives from having a strong and healthy opposition. It is often the catalyst needed to incite progress and change within the sector,…

Britain's Fittest Farmer

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Britain's Fittest Farmer: Get stuck into regional qualifiers

Three host farms for the second stage of Farmers Weekly's Britain's Fittest Farmer competition have been revealed – and you might notice some familiar faces. Wiltshire farmer and long-standing arable…


Britain's Fittest Farmer finalists to compete at YFF19

Important announcement: The Young Farmers Festival is postponed until 2020, the new date will be announced soon. The Britain's Fittest Farmer live final will go ahead on 4 May as planned…


Britain's Fittest Farmer returns for 2020 – entries now open

It's back, and it's bigger and better than ever. Britain's Fittest Farmer has returned for 2020 to champion physical fitness and mental wellbeing in agriculture. The hunt is now on…

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New entrants reap benefits of dairy business schooling

Dairying business courses are giving new entrants the confidence not just to start out in the farming sector, but also to thrive in it. With newly acquired business acumen under their belts,…


8 bits of advice for farmers writing in a local paper

You know the drill. An innocent little email drops into your inbox from the editor of The Ambridge Chronicle. It reads: “We wondered whether you'd like to write something about farming.…


What's it like to work in agricultural sales?

Does anyone grow up dreaming of becoming a salesperson? In truth, probably not. But there are those who would argue it is time to give agricultural sales jobs an image…

Careers advice

From getting your first job in agriculture to maintaining your work skills and developing your career, we provide advice and insights.
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Top tips for young farmer business success

Who better to pick up tips about farming than other young people who have “made it” in the industry? Packed into Europe’s largest underground building last week were more than…


Podcast: Fertile Minds on planning your diversification

Farmers should look beyond sources of agricultural funding when seeking finance for diversification, the fourth Fertile Minds Roadshow in York heard last week. Young farmers at the roadshow, heard from…


Business Clinic: Share farming v contract farming

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Georgina Sweeting of Savills advises on the pros and cons of…


8 secrets to progressing up the ag careers ladder

Getting your first job in the agricultural sector is a real milestone, but what does it take to get the next one and the one after that? If you’ve got…


Tips for agriculture students on securing financial help

So you’ve decided what you are going to study and where – next comes the question of how you are going to pay for it. While students can get loans…


Top tips for starting a new farm contracting business

Starting out in contracting can be daunting and financially terrifying but it can equally create a lifestyle driven by a true love of the outdoors and machinery. Farmers Weekly speaks…


Podcast: Fertile Minds on retailers and business plans

The first of our Fertile Minds regional roadshows took place on 17 November at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The initiative, by Farmers Weekly in association with NFU Mutual, is…


What's next? Options for farmers' children leaving school

A new year brings new beginnings - and for school leavers, this means considering what will happen after exams are finally over. What’s the best choice - home to the…


10 pieces of advice for young people starting in agriculture

Experienced entrepreneurs had plenty of advice for the next generation at the NFYFC Annual Convention (4-6 May), offering insights into farming’s challenges – and how to overcome them.  We asked…


A beginner's guide to careers in agriculture and farming

Some people find the idea of a career in agriculture hilarious. They think it is all mud, wellies and sticking your arm up the business end of a cow. But…


Taking your tractor test – all you need to know

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) tractor test gives budding farmers the chance to drive machines on the road at the age of 16, but it shouldn't be taken lightly. The…

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Farmlife Framed: Birthdays, budding shepherds and animal pals

Thanks to everyone who's uploaded photos to our Farmlife Framed gallery. It’s a fantastic snapshot of your lives. Your kids are often the stars of the photos, so here is…


Farm Kids Lockdown Art and Video Projects – the winners

Thanks to all the creative children who shared their wonderful artwork and videos as part of our Farm Kids Lockdown Project. The competition, designed to help keep youngsters entertained, invited…


Photos: FW readers' festive farm decorations rated

With 10 days until Christmas Day, our readers have been sharing how they're getting in the festive mood on the farm. From livestock Rudolph lookalikes to Snowman bale art and…


FW photo comp 2020 - a pick of fantastic photos so far

Pictures are already pouring in for Farmers Weekly’s 2020 photography competition, but there's still plenty of time to enter your best snaps. Our annual competition is offering amateur photographers £500…