New Fuel Supplier On The Way

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Farmdeals is very pleased to announce that Exswift Limited will soon be joining our digital online platform. Exswift deliver all types of fuel to numerous locations around Essex and further a field. We will keep you updated as to when they go live. powered by The Farming Forum & FutureFarm. #farming #workinghard #inittogether

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RABI and RSABI promote farmer resilience at OFC

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

Farming charities RABI and RSABI have stressed to the sector the importance of working together to normalise the conversation around mental health in farming at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC).

Collaborating on a presentation for OFC 2022, the two charities are keen to encourage everyone working across agriculture to play their part to help break the stigma attached to talking about our mental wellbeing.

Collective action is needed to ensure that existing invisible barriers, which can make reaching out for support feel like a weakness rather than a strength are removed, and encourage more farming people to reach out for support before challenges become crises.

“The 2022 conference theme is ‘Routes to Resilience’, and whilst the findings...

Former Harper Adams University-Chancellor to be made CBE

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Written by Iain Hoey from Farm Business

Former Harper Adams University Vice-Chancellor, Dr David Llewellyn, is to be made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to higher education, agriculture and rural industries. Dr Llewellyn, who retired in July 2021, features in the 2022 New Year Honours roll.

Dr Llewellyn worked at Harper Adams University for 23 years, leading the institution, first as Principal, then as Vice-Chancellor, for the latter 12 years.

Under his leadership, Harper Adams achieved University status in 2012. In 2004 he set up the Harper Adams Development Trust, raising funds for high quality learning opportunities for students and staff, personally writing bids for funding. During his tenure, scholarships grew from £17,000 to more than £500k per...

Machinery Focus: How Valmet became Valtra – a Nordic tale

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Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland

Valmet is a name that sounds vaguely familiar to many, most are aware of it as the precursor to Valtra, but quite how the company changed from one name to other is not so commonly known.

The company had something of an identity crisis in that it had an uncertain livery and it wasn’t always clear where it originated.

Its ownership has also, apparently, been rapidly passed around various corporations in the latter part of the last century.

Embraced by AGCO​

It wasn’t until 2004 that it at last found some stability when AGCO purchased it from Kone, the latter being a conglomerate more usually associated with the production of lifts and escalators, which remains as its core business today...

Dungannon dairy sale: Atrium daughter makes top price

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Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland

Taaffe auctions held its final sale of the year recently, at Dungannon Mart, Co. Tyrone, and had 105 lots on offer.

2021 has been an exceptionally good year for the buying and selling of dairy stock, with a number of sales throughout the year highlighting this.

At some of these sales we have seen animals with good pedigree achieving high prices.

ARDS Atrium Ruth​

The Dungannon sale took place last Thursday, December 16.

Speaking to Agriland after the sale, Michael Taaffe said: “Trade was brisk at the Dungannon sale last Thursday, with Wilson and Andrew Patton’s ARDS herd taking the day’s top price of 3,100gns...

John Deere to Acquire Majority Ownership in Advanced Battery Company Kreisel Electric

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John Deere to Acquire Majority Ownership
in Advanced Battery Company Kreisel Electric

  • Provides Deere with the vertical integration necessary to efficiently design vehicles and powertrains around superior immersion-cooled, high-density battery technology
  • Leverages Kreisel’s battery-buffered charging technology to build out infrastructure to support global customers
  • Aligns with Deere’s electrification and sustainability goals
MOLINE, Illinois — Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire majority ownership in Kreisel Electric, Inc. (“Kreisel”), a battery technology provider based in Rainbach im Mühlkreis, Austria. Kreisel develops high-density, high-durability electric battery modules and packs. Additionally, Kreisel...

Highest untreated yield and strong disease resistance should give Lightning an edge

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Highest untreated yield and strong disease resistance should give Lightning an edge

New two-row winter barley looks another winner from the Elsoms-Ackermann stable

With a December 1st ex-farm spot price of £204/t, up from £142/t a year ago, and with a solid reputation as being one of the best entries for oilseed rape, winter barley still merits serious consideration in future rotations says John Miles, Seed Technical Manager for agronomy group Agrii.

“Winter barley still has a massive role to play in propping up the current rape area. Given the high prices achievable for OSR crops right now, growers would be wise to focus on what precedes rape in their rotations and there’s little doubt that winter barley, with its earlier harvest date, can often make a significant difference...

Agritechnica 2022 Will not take place

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Dear Exhibitor, Partner and Visitor of AGRITECHNICA,

Over the past two years and with a great deal of energy and optimism, we have been preparing for the world’s leading trade fair for agricultural machinery in order for us all to put on a very special AGRITECHNICA 2022.

An AGRITECHNICA - with a top-flight exhibition program and innovations from all over the world - with a high-calibre technical program that explores current topics in agriculture and highlights solutions – where people from over 140 countries can finally meet up in person again to gather information, exchange viewpoints and make investments.

Unfortunately, due to the deteriorating pandemic situation in recent weeks and the resulting current official regulations, a situation has...

Agritechnica 2022 cancelled!

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Just heard that yet another show has fallen victim to Covid. The show has already been postponed . Now it’s cancelled

Lemken moves into slurry incorporation market

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Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland

Slurry application has moved forward tremendously over the past few years with the emphasis very much switching to using it as a resource rather than disposing of it as a waste product.

Even dyed in wool, tillage specialists such as Lemken are joining the movement with the company now offering what amounts to a conversion of their compact disc units to a slurry incorporation tool.

Lemken opt for Vogelsang heads​

This new product comprises a VogelSang slurry distribution head mounted on the frame of a set of Heliodor compact disc harrows.

Lemken claims that the Heliodor offers a sound basis for this type of application due to its...

CHAP Webinar - Innovative tools to overcome the challenges of Regen Ag

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Applying principles of regen ag can incur a range of on-farm challenges. Learn how innovative tools & machinery can help with these hurdles.

This event will be held online from 1pm to 2pm on Thursday 2nd December 2021 so please block it out in your diary.

About this event​


Top cereal and oilseed growers honoured at the Yield Enhancement Network Awards 2021

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Despite an average growing year for most crops, many growers managed to go above and beyond their predicted max yields, with Lincolnshire grower Tim Lamyman taking the top spots for his wheat yields and his world record breaking winter barley yield.

The highest cereal and oilseed yields achieved at harvest 2021 were announced at this year’s Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) Awards on Wednesday 24th November at the Croptec Show. With award presentations by Tom Bradshaw, Vice President of NFU, 24 farms took home the evening’s top awards for highest yield and highest potential yield achieved for wheat, winter and spring barley, oats, and oilseed. The 2021 winners came from all corners of the UK, as well as from as far afield as Finland and New Zealand.

Familiar names from 2020 made the...

‘Next Gen’ farmers’ get behind-the-scenes tour of Asda

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Written by Bernie Commins from Agriland

A group of Northern Ireland’s (NI) top farming talent – and future industry leaders – recently participated in a behind-the-scenes tour of Asda’s local operation.

Eighteen representatives from the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) Next Generation Forum visited Asda in Portadown to better understand the ‘complexities and challenges faced by the supermarket’ which has 17 stores and a distribution centre in NI, Asda said in a statement.

Thanking the group for their interest and time, Asda’s senior director for NI, George Rankin said:

“As a business, which has always prioritised its commitment to the local agri-food sector, we...

The Farming Investment Fund launches today

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The Farming Investment Fund launches today

Written by Gordon Jones


I’m pleased to say that the Farming Investment Fund launches today.

This £27 million fund provides grants to farmers, growers, and foresters (including related contractors) so that they can invest in the things they need to improve productivity and enhance the natural environment.

This includes new equipment, technology, and infrastructure.

The Farming Investment Fund is made up of 2 parts:

  • The Farming Equipment and Technology Fund
  • The Farming Transformation Fund

In this post, I'll share details of how to apply and how...

UFU responds to COP26 methane emissions reduction pledge

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) president, Victor Chestnutt, has responded to the COP26 pledge by many world leaders to cut global methane emissions by 30% over the next decade.

He said: “Methane is a natural by-product from cows due to food digestion, therefore it’s very difficult to treat, and the UFU is still considering what this announcement means for local farmers.

To date, through improvements in animal production and nutrient management, Northern Ireland’s farmers have already done good work to reduce methane, but we recognise that there is room for further improvement.

“There has been significant...

COP26: UK joins new sustainability standards board

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

The government, along with 36 international partners from six continents, has welcomed and joined a newly established International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB).

The new board was established by the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) foundation today, November 3, at COP26.

The aim of the ISSB is to develop a comprehensive, global baseline for sustainability reporting standards, under robust governance and public oversight.

This information will be available on a voluntary basis, i.e. for investors or companies to review a business’ progress, or adopted for jurisdictions, i.e. governments.

Setting the standards​

The IFRS foundation has published two prototype standards to help the newly-formed...

Research reveals ‘significant’ insights into genetic makeup of wheat

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

Rothamsted Research scientists have recently made a series of unexpected discoveries within the wheat genome which, it says, should lead to new wheat varieties over the coming years.

Looking at almost 1,300 of the ‘promoter’ regions that regulate the activity of genes in 95 different commercial, landrace and ancestral wheats, the team has shown that these promoter regions are remarkably similar when different wheat varieties are compared.

Research also revealed that these promoter regions have remained mostly unchanged meaning they are likely to be as important as the part of the gene coding for proteins.

Also, when slight differences between individual varieties are seen, these could have significant impacts on plant traits.

Such traits...

NI agri-food stakeholder groups discuss climate change bill with committee

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) recently submitted oral evidence to members of the Stormont Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (AERA) committee on the content and potential impact of the Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill (No.2).

This draft legislation was recently introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in conjunction with agriculture minister, Edwin Poots.

“We were accompanied by representatives from a wide range of food industry bodies, including the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters’ Association,the Ulster Farmers’ Union [UFU], Northern...

Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

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Update on the Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

Written by Lisa Applin

In July, we opened the applications window for farmers to join our Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot.

The Sustainable Farming Incentive is 1 of the 3 new environmental land management schemes. It sits alongside the future Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery schemes.

Through the Sustainable Farming Incentive, farmers will be paid for environmentally sustainable actions – ones that are simple to do and do not require previous agri-environment scheme experience.

We are piloting the scheme to...

35% of English and Welsh farmers possibly/probably depressed

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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has today, Thursday, October 14, published the findings of The Big Farming Survey, which shows 35% of English and Welsh farmers are either possibly or probably depressed.

The survey, based on over 15,000 responses, concentrates on the health and well-being of the farming community in England and Wales in the 2020s.

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a national charity that provides support to the farming community across England and Wales.

Mental health​

Mental well-being, the survey notes, describes our ability to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday life.

According to the survey, 14% of the farming community is ‘possibly depressed’ while...