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    what grinds your gears

    Google constantly checking to test whether I am a robot. How many squares have traffic lights in them. Cant see without my glasses. What a pain.
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    Alan Bartlett Carrot growers to close

    The rot set in (literally) when they started washing carrots. The flavour went and they taste “silagey”.
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    " Understanding the motivations of small and very small farms "

    I like messing about with elderly Renaults and Lamborghinis. The rest of the job is a bit of a nuisance, especially the woolly things, forms and nosey parkers with clipboards. Having to actually grow something and sell it is a bit inconvenient as well. I like to be able to stop for a cuppa...
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    Alan Bartlett Carrot growers to close

    We used to have a garden and small producer veg auction in town every week. It was actually more of a community hub than we maybe realised at the time. I’d be happy to see it come back. I seemed to have time for a decent veg plot up to about 10 years ago. Not enough staff now.
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    Alan Bartlett Carrot growers to close

    I agree but people go for the big bucks not the steady life. I’m all for the steady life and the satisfaction of the job itself even if the financial returns aren’t that great. However I am finding less and less people want or can afford to share that experience!
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    Alan Bartlett Carrot growers to close

    I don’t blame them at all. Wouldn’t do it myself if I had a choice. I had years of travelling, living in shared houses and rough B and B’s in crappy industrial areas when I started out in engineering. Just observing how things have changed, and it’s not for the better IMO.
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    Alan Bartlett Carrot growers to close

    It’s odd. My neighbouring small farmer in his 60’s packed up farming the land next door, let it out and now works in a carrot gang anywhere from Suffolk to Yorkshire working all hours and driving miles or staying over in a caravan wherever the work is. Good pay but he says they can’t get any...
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    ELM Scheme

    Fact is they have a much lower cost base abroad. Bigger fields, cheaper labour, willing workforce, less regulation, agriculturally benign governments a climates more suited to cereal growing than here in “Blighty”.
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    ELM Scheme

    I think realistically a lot of grade 3 with knackered underdrains is already struggling with wetter winters. With no real encouragement to produce food on it, no drainage grants etc, I can see swathes of it reverting to scrub without BPS, with or without help from ELMS. I’m expecting a big...
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    ELM Scheme

    There are already many publicly funded organisations and projects presently being done on a limited scale just waiting to go full throttle when ELMS kicks in. River catchment management is just one area where I can see possibilities of farmers being “encouraged” to perhaps sacrifice crop...
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    Natural Regeneration - Does it fit anything?

    I’m not convinced that cyclical flooding of these soils will reduce soil loss either. I’d imagine as the water runs off a big area in spring summer it will take a fair bit of soil and organic matter with it unless its well established grasses and other vegetation that can retain the solids.
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    Natural Regeneration - Does it fit anything?

    In fact immediately down stream of us they have just put in a planning application to effectively partially dam up the watercourses by felling trees into them as part of the chalk stream management initiative or something like that. The idea is to hold back sediment by making flow wider and...
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    The Red Tractor ACCS referendum

    I don’t think that’s sunk in with a lot of farmers TBH.
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    The UK Farmers Union - is it time ?

    Another union with a fresh start or reset is a good idea. I would welcome it. The NFU appears toothless really. The supermarkets say “jump” and the NFU asks “ how high?” What’s needed is a Union that is prepared to say as a last resort “ we are not accepting that and we won’t do it.” It...
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    RT Outers - Divert Your Eyes

    As a feed wheat and barley grower how can any supermarket shopper possibly have any meaningful "product life story" from my farm to their fork, especially when my product usually has to exit and animals arse before it's actually achieved its purpose in life? That's the insanity of trying to fit...
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    What qualifictions do you have?

    Well its either 1) They rot down and get turned back into carbon dioxide by the organisms that eat them. 2) We burn them, turning them back into carbon dioxide. 3) Or we could put put millions of tons of them in the bottom of a lagoon and pile mud on top them for a million years. That way they...
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    What qualifictions do you have?

    My father left school with no qualifications but his OCD got him further than any qualification ever could!
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    What qualifictions do you have?

    My uncle said similar to point no. 2. He always said there was damn all you can do about a problem lying in bed so you might as well just sleep.
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    Your current weather.

    Very windy. Drying up nicely.
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    The Red Tractor ACCS referendum

    Are people who support RT really saying that they wouldn’t clean their grain store if it wasn’t for RT? Is that the sort of people they are? How long would such people last in business nowadays. Poor attitude.
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