Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
NEXT week’s NFU conference may well feel like the third match in a cricket test series when you are already two-nil down – it will be good to get together but you might have the sense you are just going through the motions, a bit like the England cricket team did in St Lucia this week.
To suggest that a potential drop in the value of the pound could offset some of the negative implications of World Trade Organisation tariffs seems as dangerous as it is preposterous, but that is exactly what Farming Minister and noted Brexiteer George Eustice has done this week.
The calm, dry start to the New Year provided a welcome opportunity to give late-drilled wheats after roots and vegetables a timely residual herbicide top-up with extra contact action to deal with weeds that continued to emerge in another decidedly warm December.
The cold weather has finally arrived and the end of January looks set to be cold, albeit mostly dry. Indeed, the winter weather so far has been kind (perhaps too kind?) with temperatures barely dropping below zero and rainfall almost insignificant for this time of year.
Amid the constant onslaught from militant vegans and anti-farming activists, it is sometimes easy to forget that the overwhelming majority of people in this country back British agriculture and happily consume its products.
Josh Millichap, 24, works mostly on his family beef and sheep farm. It has 900 breeding ewes and 85 suckler cows on 220 hectares (543 acres) across three holdings. He studied agriculture with farm business management at Harper Adams University.
Emily Jones, 19, is a second year agri-business student at Harper Adams University. Emily comes from a rural farming family, and lives with her boyfriend, Sam, whose family grow potatoes for McCain in Herefordshire.