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Levy boards – how to get the best out of them?

29.11.12 Levy boards – how to get the best out of them? discussion archive There was good support for the work of the levy boards, particularly when it came to research, technical knowledge transfer and promoting products abroad. Some organic producers

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Agricultural universities and colleges

22.11.12 Agricultural universities and colleges Agricultural Universities and Colleges have a major role to play in preparing the next generation for the big rural issues affecting the sector. Having academic exposure is seen as equally important as the practical side of farming

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County shows

15.11.12 County shows discussion archive It is estimated that over 5m people visit county and rural shows each year. The Royal Welsh is one of the biggest in terms of attendance with around 240,000 visitors to their annual four day show.

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Crime in the countryside

08.11.12 Crime in the countryside discussion archive Crime is a big issue for those who live in the countryside. Farm equipment and vehicles are stolen, rubbish is illegally tipped and fences and gates are damaged. There are a plethora of ways

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Farming in 10 years time

The perception of farming in 10 years’ time is shaped by farming practices employed within the industry today. The challenges to be faced need to be met head on with a proactive response, as today’s issues will evolve with wider

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Impact of wet weather on cropping plans and budgets

25.10.12 Discussion archive The impact of the wet weather is an urgent item on the agenda of most farms, both crops and livestock, and this session drew in comments from all sectors across Great Britain. It seems inevitable that livestock farmers are going

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Rural mental health

18.10.12 Discussion archive There is still a social stigma attached to mental health issues, but it has become easier to seek help. Farming can be lonely and detached – farmers are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than the average person, and

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Renewable energy: short-term fad or long-term future?

11.10.12 Discussion archive Planning issues are still one of the biggest obstacles to investment in renewable energy in the UK. Engagement with local communities is advocated at all stages throughout the planning process. Confidence in the government’s support for such green

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