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Carbon Week - 1 to 5 March.

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Carbon Week

Carbon Week is a series of AHDB events, taking place from 1 to 5 March.
The webinars and panel discussions will feature a range of speakers and are for farmers and growers interested in understanding more about the carbon cycle, carbon auditing, reducing emissions and the opportunities around this.
More information about each session can be found from these links:

The new Sustainable Farming Incentive

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The new Sustainable Farming Incentive

Written by Tom Lewis


Source: Natural England

At NFU21, The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs...

Farming Help Awareness Week - About the Addington Fund

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Please watch our Farming Help Awareness Week Yellow Wellies Takeover Video to find out about all things Addington Fund and how we help the farming community.

Click here to watch (this will take you to our YouTube channel)

For more information about us or if you would like to support our work, visit www.addingtonfund.org.uk

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more information about what we are getting up to behind the scenes of the charity.


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Farming Help Awareness Week 2021

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Following on from the brilliant Yellow Wellies #MindYourHead campaign this week is the Farming Help Awareness Week.

Starting Monday 22nd - Friday 26th February, Farming Help Awareness Week will be raising awareness for the Farming Help charities and will explain what each individual charity does to support the farming community, with the latest updates of what's going on behind the scenes. So make sure you join us and join in all week, Addington Fund will feature on Monday!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates and more! @addingtonfund & @yellowwellies

Visit our latest news section for more information about all things Addington www.addingtonfund.org.uk/latest-news

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Cereals 2021 - 9th and 10th June

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Cereals 2021 is currently on target to open its gates on 9-10 June 2021 at Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire. It is still early days but we are getting positive signs thanks to our spacious outdoor venue, early biosecurity planning and the speed of UK vaccinations.

We want to provide Cereals attendees with risk-free entry so that you can go ahead and get the dates in your calendar now. To that end, we are offering free early bird tickets to Cereals 2021 due to uncertainty of COVID-19. To register for your free ticket use the code FREE1 in the action code area when registering.

Once we get government approval post-lockdown, you can rest assured that we will provide all...

Wild Wales Seeds celebrates its first anniversary following successful lockdown launch

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Written by William Kellett

Launching a business in lockdown may sound like a challenge, but Rhys Jenkins, founder of Wild Wales Seeds, is delighted with how his business has grown during the company’s first year and even credits lockdown with driving demand for seeds as more people focus on their gardens.

Wild Wales Seeds is based in the Vale of Glamorgan. It produces seeds and sells them to a range of customers, from large organisations such as local authorities down to individuals looking to enhance their gardens.

The company is a first for Wales and has been welcomed because it has made it possible to source seeds locally rather than buying from large European producers.

Farmer Rhys...

'Rock stars of American cheese': the enduring legacy of Cowgirl Creamery

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'Rock stars of American cheese': the enduring legacy of Cowgirl Creamery

Written by Charlotte Simmonds in Oakland

Over the course of two decades, Sue Conley and Peggy Smith created a beloved California brand – and helped redefine our relationship to food

When Sue Conley and Peggy Smith announced their retirement last month from Cowgirl Creamery – the cheese company they grew from plucky startup to leader in the modern farm-to-table movement – the tributes came in thick and fast.

To their devoted followers, this was no surprise.

Continue reading...

Since you’re...

Introducing: Oxbury’s Personal Savings accounts

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Following the successful launch of our Farm Business Bonus Accounts and our exclusive Notice and Fixed bond accounts, we are now launching Oxbury’s Personal Savings accounts into the open market.

Our Personal Savings accounts offer competitive interest rates to securely maximise your savings while backing British farmers and the future of UK agriculture.

Founded by farmers, bankers and technologists, Oxbury has combined the worlds of finance and agriculture to support British farmers thrive during a time of uncertainty and change.

Last year, we cannot deny that the roles of farmers were highlighted. At Oxbury, we recognise that farmers are the backbone of our food supply chain and our economy; without farmers – there is no food. We pride ourselves on putting farmers first, that is...

Unstoppable eating machines: why Australian farmers are renting out goats for weed control

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Unstoppable eating machines: why Australian farmers are renting out goats for weed control

Written by Bianca Nogrady

Goats have a well-deserved reputation for eating anything. Now you can rent them to deal with your weed problems

La Niña has been good to the backyards and farmlands of much of eastern Australia. Cooler, wetter conditions have led to a flourishing of lush grass, trees and – unfortunately – weeds.

With so many more people working from home, the joy of gazing out of the home office window has turned to dread as the eye alights on knee-high greenery, terrifying tangles of blackberry, pink heads of scotch thistle, and possibly the occasional triffid.

I just remember...

Mental Health - The Biggest Hidden Problem in Farming Today

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The Farming Forum is encouraging farmers and those living and working in agriculture worldwide to start putting their mental health first. The Farming Forum is supporting the fourth annual Mind Your Head campaign (15-19 February) organised by farming charity the Farm Safety Foundation. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of an issue that few in the industry want to talk about but that affects one in four people in the world at some point in their lives.

According to recent research carried out by the Farm Safety Foundation. 88% of farmers under 40 now rate poor mental health as the biggest hidden problem faced by farmers (an increase from 81% in 2018). The UK-wide survey of 450 young farmers also revealed that 89% believe that talking about...

Brinicombe bolsters sales team due to business growth

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Written by William Kellett

Global animal nutrition provider, the Denis Brinicombe Group, has strengthened its sales team with the appointment of animal health co-ordinator, Hayley Cook.

Cook’s new position coincides with the recent expansion of Brinicombe’s product portfolio, including the EnduraBol cattle bolus range.

An experienced transport manager with a background in equine management, Cook joins Brinicombe from Harpers Feeds, where she has worked for the past 12 years in multiple roles.

“At Harpers Feeds, I went from working in customer service, to working with raw feed materials and formulations, to managing the company’s fleet of lorries plus overseeing all products moving in...

Why organic?

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Written by Lydia Turner

OF&G (Organic Farmers & Growers) is championing the launch of the English Organic Forum’s (EOF) new report, ‘Why organic – contributing productively to future farming and food policy’.

Produced as an organic industry-wide blueprint, the report sets out a comprehensive rationale for how and why organic land management should be integrated into English agricultural policy.

It’s publication is welcomed by OF&G’s chief executive and EOF member, Roger Kerr, who believes that organic can be a powerful pivot for system change.

“Collectively, the EOF is intent on amplifying the voice of the organic sector, as key decision makers fail to engage in a meaningful dialogue...

2021 Turriff show cancelled due to ‘continued uncertainty’ around Covid-19

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Written by William Kellett

Organisers of the Turriff Show in Scotland have announced that the event will not run in 2021 as planned due to the “continued uncertainty” around the ever-evolving Covid-19 situation.

“It is with deep regret and much consideration that we had to make the extremely difficult decision that the next Turriff Show will take place in 2022 and not 2021 as we had hoped,” said Alan Gaul, president of the show, which is organised by the Turriff District Agricultural Association.

The announcement of the release of the Covid-19 vaccine gave us all fresh hope for our 2021 event, but as time has moved on and with the possibility of restrictions for mass gatherings...

Survey shows British people value farmers more than any other country

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Written by William Kellett

An international YouGov survey of more than 22,000 people in 16 countries reveals the most and least-respected professions.

While scientists and doctors came out as the most-respected professions worldwide – which is no surprise given how the world continues to be gripped by a pandemic – 47% of UK respondents said they would be happy if their child became a farmer, compared to a global average of 23%.

No other country in the survey showed a higher degree of respect for farmers than the UK.

Mark Bridgeman, president of the Country Land and Business Association which represents 30,000 rural businesses across England and Wales, said:

“Covid-19 and...

Spot wild oats for spring action

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Identifying overwintered wild oat populations now, whilst crops are open and before spring flushes, will enable more effective spring control strategy decisions this season.

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Understanding your wild oat population now will allow better tailoring of herbicide rates and timing of treatments, along with adapting the most appropriate application techniques, advocated Syngenta Field Technical Manager, Georgina Wood.

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“Knowing the species can help predict the principal timing of germination. However, you can expect a protracted emergence at any stage from early autumn, right through to late spring.”

LAMMA 2021 Cancelled

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LAMMA has just issued the following:

Good Afternoon,

Following the ongoing uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 edition of the LAMMA Show due to take place 25-26 May at the NEC.

As you can all imagine, this decision has not been an easy one to make as we fully understand how key the show is to the entire industry and how keen we all were to make it happen in May.

However, the safety of our visitors and exhibitors is of top priority, and after listening to and sharing the concerns of all our stakeholders and being fully appreciative of all the associated planning and work that goes into getting ready for a show like this, a decision had to be made.

However, looking ahead to more positive times...

Comparing farm machinery just got easier with LAMMA365...

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Introducing LAMMA365's new farm machinery comparison tool.

Stack up specs on reviewed machinery, kit and implements, compare pros and cons and view our independent verdicts side by side to help make that buying decision easier.

Compare tractors, loaders, ATVs and 4x4s, harvesting equipment, tillage equipment, application equipment and grassland and forage equipment and much more

Your new comparison tool has arrived.
Check it out here >> https://www.lamma365.com/compare-machinery

Futureproof your farm Business with Oxbury Savings

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As we move further into 2021, it is time to focus on a new set of challenges and opportunities. Many farmers are becoming increasingly aware on how adapt and transform their business to meet market demand, in order to provide a suitable foundation for a futureproof farming enterprise.

Farming businesses are typically built on strong family values and planning for the future may trigger complex conversations which may be difficult to have. Succession planning can lead your business toward significant benefits while helping to mitigate long-term challenges that can impact the sustainability of a farming business. Oxbury want to provide the best opportunities for your farming business to prosper in the long-term, as more sons and daughters prepare to lead us into a new future for British...

Royal Welsh Agricultural Show cancelled for 2021

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Written by Rachel Martin

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society has announced plans to cancel three of its major shows for 2021 while the showgrounds will instead become a testing and vaccination centre.

In a statement posted online, a spokesperson said the decision to cancel May’s Smallholding and Countryside Festival and postpone Clwyd’s Feature County Year and the Royal Welsh Show until 2022 was made with “deep regret after careful consideration”.

“Our team continues to work in partnership with the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales to ensure the event sector has a strong voice, however current restrictions, as set out in the ‘Coronavirus Control Plan’ and the various Alert Levels...

Online Capacity Increased to Meet Demand for Dairy-Tech Online as Registrations Soar

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Written by John Swire

Registrations for Dairy-Tech Online have rocketed reaching almost 2,500, with one week still left to sign-up for the free fortnight-long event.

Capacity on Zoom has been increased for each of the sessions due to the number of registrations, with delegates urged to secure their place by signing up.

The online event, which is replacing the usual face to face Dairy-Tech at Stoneleigh Park, is running from Wednesday 3rd February to 17th February and is made up of aseries of online workshops, demonstrations, webinars, conferences, new product briefings and debates.

Kicking off the event is the Dairy Hub Conference, which features Farming Minister Victoria Prentis...
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