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Opinion: Guy Smith, vice-president of the NFU

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You wonder if farmers are the only profession to spend time abroad looking at work-related issues and think of it as a holiday.

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Just when some farmers thought they had started to step away from the frying pan of EU regulations, the UN’s disdain for pesticides has emerged as the next fire to fight.

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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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Sam Dilcock, National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs agriculture and rural issues steering group chairman.

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Next year will be one in which British agriculture’s place on the world stage begins to be redefined once again.

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Opinion - Brexit means Brexit, we are coming out

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Charles Mayson, managing director, Cross Compliance Solutions

 

There must still be a few farmers who believe cross-compliance regulations are about to vanish as fast as George Osborne’s career.


Voting to leave no doubt provided some comfort for those who wished to deny and defy. That is, to deny facts and defy Brussels.


Denial first – many farmers voted to leave and to thereby deny the benefit of farm support, and to deny the advantage of tariff-free barriers.


Defiance ...

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Who is up for butterfly and wildflower salad? Any takers?


I ask this because if Dame Helen Ghosh’s vision for the countryside becomes a reality, this is all that might be left, what with her belief any future support payments should be for the environment and not food production.


In saying future subsidy should be geared towards providing goods valued by the public she will incense many farmers who rightly believe the core of their profession, that of food production, is the very ...

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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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How much consumers pay for their goods remains one of the core issues debated in UK agriculture

It is not often you go to an NFU press conference and come away thinking about the very essence of farming and how it shapes its future, but this is what seemed to happen to me this week.

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Michael Seals, Derbyshire farmer and AHWB England chairman

 

The campaign is over and the result known. Many farmers I have spoken to are slightly shocked at the outcome but equally pleased at the part our industry played in the result.

 

Audiences and surveys showed that the farming community was, like the country, in favour of leaving the EU.

 

The current wave of hysteria will calm and now is the time for reflection to assess the implications, develop a new British or ...

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