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.
What is sustainable farming? Why should farmers be thinking about it? What benefits can be derived and how can more sustainable farming practices be implemented at grass root level. Over the course of 2019, Farmers Guardian will be working with NatWest to answer the question above; discussing key issues and showcasing examples of farmers who have already made changes to their businesses.
Soil is a farmer’s greatest asset, with a single teaspoon containing more living organisms than there are people living on earth. Yet what actually constitutes healthy soil is still to be fully understood.
“Families can fall apart because you have not taken any steps to sort out the future; and that is disgraceful,” says third generation farmer Abi Reader, who runs a dairy farm in partnership with her father and uncle just outside Cardiff.
Over 25,000 women run farms in the UK and a high number enrol in agricultural courses, yet stereotypes seem hard to shift. With technology replacing physical labour and equal pay now on the radar, women are laying the groundwork for the future.
Farmers are being encouraged to make more R&D tax credit claims to drive innovation and growth. The scheme enables firms that have incurred costs in research and development (R&D) programmes to reduce their corporation tax bill or receive a cash payment from HMRC.