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Helen Browning, chief executive, Soil Association

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Wonderfully sunny, dry and frosty weather has been a pleasant way to end November. The middle of the month gave us quite a rough time with more than 150mm of rain falling in two weeks, but we managed to escape the worst of storm Angus.

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Suggestions the seismic shift of Brexit could cause one-in-five farmers to seek early retirement (page 1) will be either worrying or positive, depending on your view of the matter.

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Winter is now upon us, although it is still quite mild and we have only had a few mornings of frost, so we cannot really complain.

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Richard Bower, 30, farms with his father at Lower Drayton Farm, in Penkridge, Staffordshire. They run 300 beef cattle and 200 hectares (500 acres) of combinable crops. Richard is the NFU next generation forum chairman.

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My trip to China was an eye-opener. I approached the trip completely ignorant of what a modern day Chinese city would look like and I have never been to a socialist country and was not sure what to expect.

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The Saxon family saw success on Saturday (November 19) at Dovedale, where Richard won the nursery with Ben and his son Jake won the novice with Jill. Tom Gregory won best beginner running Meg.

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If we are not careful many of our rural towns and villages could become merely exclusive enclaves for wealthy commuters or financially well-endowed retirees.

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Helen Brown, 21, is a fourth-year student at Harper Adams University studying agriculture with crop management. She is also vice-secretary of Carlisle YFC.

 


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Why would anyone be stupid enough to destroy a good looking and well established crop of wheat just a month after drilling?

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