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A little wetter and colder weather has made most of our ground too damp to cross with heavy machinery, although a few frosty mornings and a keen helping hand mean we have spread all of the liquid out of the slurry pit.

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The suggestion by Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill a new seasonal agricultural workers’ scheme (SAWS) could be introduced post-Brexit has been greeted with cautious optimism by the sector.

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It seems you cannot watch the news these days without seeing pictures of starlings forming a ‘murmuration’ before settling down for the night.

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At Fylde’s final nursery of the season Tim Longton and Rooten Brook Roy came away with three titles.

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Young Farmer Focus: Ethan Kinney, Tranmere, Wirral

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Ethan Kinney, 17, studies agriculture at Reaseheath College and is part of the Sainbury’s horticulture and agriculture apprenticeship scheme. He spends his spare time in Cumbria helping friends farm and writes a monthly agriculture blog.

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If it wasn’t tough enough to get a foot on the farming ladder, the diminishing number of county council farms is making it even harder to get started.

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Who would have thought January would herald a shortage of iceberg lettuce, courgettes, broccoli and peppers in supermarkets due to atrocious weather in Spain having devastating effects on the quality of their fresh produce?

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Every few years in the farming industry a new phrase or concept comes along which grabs the headlines and the attention of policy makers.

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I have just got back from the annual Organic Producers’ Conference. It is always a great chance to meet up with organic farmers from around the country and hear about the latest science and innovative farming. But this year it was the policy strand of the conference which I followed most closely.

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Young Farmer Focus: Karl Bowen, Merthyr Tydil, Wales

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Karl Bowen, 29, farms at Bryncyrau farm, on the southern edge of the Brecon Beacons, with his partner Fiona, dad Brian and grandparents John and Gwynfa. They farm 485 hectares (1,200 acres), of which Karl farms and manages 242ha (600 acres) of lower pastures.

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