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Heather Wildman, director, Saviour Associates

 

Are you part of a dairy farming business? Do you have the grit and resilience to continue when times become difficult and it appears everything is against you? Do you know who you are and where you want to be? More importantly, how are you going to get there?

 

I was bowled over by the stark difference in the attitudes and pride in our UK farmers compared with those I met while traveling across the Americas, Europe, Australia...

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As the scramble to define the future of British agriculture seems to heat up every week, so the number of voices who want to have their say grows.


With farming unions and representative groups starting to put their ideas in to the mix, previously peripheral factions such as the rewilders seem to be getting their often ludicrous salvoes heard in the mainstream.


It shows the challenge new Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom, taking over from the career-minded Liz Truss, faces as she is bombarded ...

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Gianni Fava, Agriculture Secretary of Lombardia, Italy.

Brexit should inspire reflection. I will not discuss the decision taken by a sovereign nation, but still the most serious political error which Europe risks today is to become more stubbornly anchored to itself, or worse, criticising the decisions made by the UK.

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Whichever way you voted last week, there is no doubt all farmers in this country are now united in wanting a fair deal for British agriculture.


However you feel about the outcome of the EU referendum, there is no point looking backwards.

 

Now is the time for action and for farmers, unions, lobby groups and industry leaders to ensure we have a British agricultural policy which is fit for purpose and allows farming to thrive, not just cling on to the edge of survival.


This is why ...

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From the editor: Your new-look Farmers Guardian

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Welcome to a new dawn for Farmers Guardian. I’m delighted to present our new look, show off our new features and speak to you directly as your new editor.

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From the editor: Change is coming, in more ways than one

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With change on the horizon at Farmers Guardian, Ben Briggs looks at how a rise in milk price has provided a glimmer of hope for a change in the dairy industry.

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From the editor: Brexit - Ignore 'project fear', only you can decide

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As the EU Referendum vote draws ever nearer, FG editor, Ben Briggs argues how only individuals can decide which way to vote, even against a backdrop of racist scaremongering from MPs.

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From the editor: Are agricultural shows a 'shop window' for animals?

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As show season starts up and down the country, Ben Briggs asks whether the role of the agricultural show has changed from being a place to showcase stock to simply a ’show window’ for animals.

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