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Opinion: Farmers' patience is permanently put to the test

Patience is a quality not many of us seem to possess at busy times such as lambing, drilling, or, come to think of it, just about every other day of…


Defra urged to make progress on new entrants scheme

Farming groups are urging Defra to make progress on its New Entrants Support Scheme, which is yet to be launched almost a year since it piloted. The scheme is being…


Lucy Nott: It's been a year of rebuilding myself

When I was 15 I was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour on my pituitary gland. This meant my teenage years were spent in and out of hospital, very unwell,…


Chris Bennett: Where has all the BPS money gone?

It won't have surprised many people when Defra announced delays to the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI).  It was a move that has rightly angered farmers. The only way, as I…


Former NFU ambassadors on their experiences in the role

As the NFU opens up entries for its 2024 “student and young farmer ambassadors” programme, some of the current crop have been reflecting on their experiences. Now in its fifth…


Hannah Reddaway: Diversification demands time and patience

Whether it is agritourism, value-added products or renewable energy, diversification is a lifesaver for some who are facing the loss of BPS revenue. It offers a promising avenue for more…

Britain's Fittest Farmer

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BFF judge attempts 8,848m Everest rope climb

Britain’s Fittest Farmer judge and Farm Fitness founder Tom Kemp is taking on a Guinness World Record challenge to raise money for the Farming Community Network (FCN), by attempting the…


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…

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8 tips for starting your own agribusiness

Hannah Moule, 34, launched rural surveying firm Moule & Co in 2010 from her parents’ kitchen table with a laptop, a car and a handful of local clients. In five…


How staff training is benefiting performance on pig unit

A varied, extensive training programme has helped maintain and improve employee knowledge at one of the largest family-run pig genetics businesses, Rattlerow Farms. The programme has also improved staff motivation…

Careers: How to get a job as a farm manager

So your goal is to be a farm manager. But what will the people interviewing you expect to see on your CV and how should you present yourself to them?…

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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Why you should consider a land-based apprenticeship

The opportunity to earn while you learn will be an appealing prospect for many young people. So what’s involved in a land-based apprenticeship and could one be right for you?…


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…

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 finding and managing finance

New entrants to farming who turn to the bank of mum and dad for funding should always agree the terms in writing. This was the advice from John Hartwright of…


Is an agricultural degree worth doing?

Over the past three years, figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency have shown a gradual climb in the number of students enrolling to study land-based and agricultural degrees. In…


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…


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…


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…


How to find help to fund agricultural career development

Agriculture may be the fastest growing subject at UK universities, but studying is expensive, with most universities charging tuition fees of £9,000/year – and then there are living expenses to…


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…


Young sheep farmers share tips on year-round lamb marketing

Britain’s next generation of sheep farmers are taking the lead in promoting home-grown lamb as a healthy and sustainable choice for shoppers. These young industry representatives – aptly named “lambassadors”…


4 young farmers on setting up successful joint dairy ventures

Young farmers are successfully using joint ventures in the dairy sector as a way of developing their careers while increasing their net worth. Tony Evans, partner with consultant The Andersons…

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Photo of the Week: Rainbow bodes well for next wheat crop

There can't be a better sign than this for a future wheat crop. This rainbow overseeing wheat drilling in Ocle, Herefordshire was captured by George Williams. It's lovely to see…


Photo of the Week: The best sixth birthday present ever

Meet Jack, one of our youngest subscribers to Farmers Weekly. Most boys want Lego or Playmobil for their sixth birthday, but not Jack - he wanted a subscription to Farmers…


Photo of the Week: Sheep shearer's suntan

This gave us all a laugh at Farmers Weekly this week. Kathryn Cross captured Norfolk shepherd David Cross at the beach showing off his sheep shearer’s suntan - she commented:…


Photo of the Week: Not so traditional harvest supper

Schools may be back after the summer holidays (just as the hot weather returns, too) but that didn't stop this family putting harvest on pause for a picnic. Instead of…

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