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See the latest news on Brexit government policy affecting the farming and agricultural sectors. Keep up-to-date with the developments on the future of farm subsidies and payments and how Brexit will affect UK imports and exports of food and the availability of the farm labour workforce. Get advice on how to future proof your farm in preparation for the UK leaving the European Community and find out how other farmers are planning for the future.

Latest Brexit news

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POTATOES

Defra strikes back with ban on EU seed potato imports

Defra has blocked large-scale imports of seed potatoes from the EU, matching the ban on British exports that has been in place since the start of the year. Up to…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Real impact of Aussie trade deal 'to hit farmers in 10 years'

The real impact of a free-trade deal with Australia will be felt by British farmers in around 10 years’ time after the removal of direct support payments, say industry leaders.…

BREXIT

Truss sent joint warning over Australia trade deal concerns

The UK’s free trade deal with Australia risks setting a “damaging precedent” for the future, farming ministers from Scotland and Northern Ireland (NI) have warned. Farming ministers fired the warning…

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Practical advice

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STAFF MANAGEMENT

Options for farmers to secure migrant labour from 2021

The government’s proposed points-based immigration system (PBS) looks like it could do little to help the agricultural and horticultural sectors, according to the most recent details. Due to take effect…

FINANCE

10 tips to build a Brexit cash reserve for dairy farmers

Dairy producers should consider trimming capital expenditure and fixing costs to build up a cash reserve ahead of potential shocks from a no-deal Brexit, a dairy farm consultant has said.…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Expert advice on tendering for a farm tenancy ahead of Brexit

Scrutinising tenancy agreements, checking break clauses and taking on critical business planning are all key to submitting a tender amid the Brexit turmoil. Despite the uncertainties, there has been a…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Using arable profits to prepare for Brexit

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Mark Chatterton of accountant Duncan & Toplis advises on the tax…

BUSINESS

What are the prospects for the UK meat industry post-Brexit?

Brexit offers opportunities to exploit the potential of British red meat production. But overcoming trade barriers, investing in processing capacity and meeting market requirements will take time and a change…

Case studies

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ARABLE

Budget for Brexit in a brave new world of lower subsidies

In the second part of our series on planning for Brexit, we examine one of the biggest farming operations in the UK and how it is preparing for life outside…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How an award-winning arable farm is preparing for Brexit

Arable growers are likely to have a six-year breathing space to prepare for the ending of EU-style area-based subsidies, and for the brave new world of a UK farming support package…

BUSINESS

Farming without subsidy - New Zealand's experience

UK farmers must seize the opportunity of Brexit to ramp up productivity and become more competitive, industry leaders have been told. Former New Zealand agriculture minister Sir Lockwood Smith suggested…

ARABLE

Future of subsidies: Collaborate to cope with lower support

In the second of our series on coping with lower subsidies, David Jones talks to one arable farmer, who is also chairman of his local grain co-operative, about his long-term plans…

Insights

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CROP MANAGEMENT

Analysis: How Brexit affects farmers' access to pesticides

Adequate resources and a more pragmatic, science-based approach by UK regulators will be crucial to growers gaining better access to crop-protection tools after Brexit. Over recent years, plenty of criticism…

BREXIT

Trade and farm policy enter new era outside the EU

Brexit became reality at the start of the year, as the 11-month transition ended and the new Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) with the EU kicked in. But what has…

BREXIT

Free trade and high standards can coexist, says trade adviser

This week saw the long-awaited publication of the Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC) report setting out the principles the government should use when negotiating future free-trade agreements. It seeks to…

NEWS

Waitrose food standards pledge - are others on board?

Supermarket chain Waitrose has broken ranks with the other UK retailers by promising it will never sell any products that do not meet the high standards of British farmers but…

FARM POLICY

What the new Agriculture Bill contains for farmers

The eagerly anticipated Agriculture Bill has been published – for a second time – but this time with a cast-iron guarantee of becoming an act of parliament, without the need…

FARM POLICY

Agriculture Bill: What's new and what's Eustice promising?

Defra minister George Eustice has pledged to tackle poor profitability and look after farmers as the government pushes ahead with its plans to reform support for agriculture. Mr Eustice made…

LIVESTOCK

Are rare breed native cattle set for a resurgence in the UK?

The UK's native livestock breeds could be set for a resurgence. Farmers Weekly met Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) chief executive Christopher Price to find out how. Read the Q&A…

DAIRY

The effect of a hard Brexit on the UK dairy industry

We shouldn’t underestimate the financial shock that a hard Brexit could cause to our industry, says Kite Consulting’s John Allen. A hard Brexit would result in no trade agreements and,…

FARM POLICY

Theresa Villiers: 11 facts you need to know

Appointed as the new Defra boss by incoming prime minister Boris Johnson, Theresa Villiers takes the job at a critical time in our industry’s history. Farmers Weekly explores the views…

BREXIT

Q&A: Michael Gove at the Royal Welsh Show

Defra secretary Michael Gove remains convinced that the UK will leave the European Union with a deal. In 2017, on his first visit to the Royal Welsh Show as minister,…

BREXIT

Brexit analysis: AHDB forecasts rise in farm labour costs

Rising labour costs and falling production are likely to trigger a fall in farm business income for just about all farm types post Brexit, whether the UK leaves with a…