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Red Tractor standards

19.09.13 Red Tractor standards Key areas for Red Tractor assurance standards to focus on were cited as welfare, food safety and traceability. Yet some hoops needed to jump through for the standards were seen as pointless and an unproductive use

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Decertification: has organic agriculture lost its appeal?

18.04.13 Decertification: has organic agriculture lost its appeal? Discussion archive Which is a more appealing and attractive farming enterprise – conventional or organic? The crux of this discussion reasoned though that it is not that simple a classification – conventional

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GM: is the tide turning?

20.06.13 GM: is the tide turning? Discussion archive The views from this GM discussion were very much ones of strong opinion from both sides of the fence. Either Owen Paterson was naïve and out of touch, or he was making

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Farming Hall of Fame

28.03.13 Farming Hall of Fame We launched the Farming Hall of Fame on 28th March 2013 to mark our 1 year anniversary of live chats. Nominations were invited as to who would be a good addition to the Hall of

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Farming and ill health

03.10.13 Farming and ill health Farming causes a wide range of injuries and ill health, this fact is not disputed. It is therefore the reaction to such an event that determines its underlying severity, influenced by staff cover, job responsibility,

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Farm safety

12.09.13 Farm safety A shift in mindset, a sensible attitude and a respect for danger were the triumvirate of recommended practices for farm safety adoption. Farming is a lone working industry, with accidents too frequent and shortcuts too easy due

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The EU Hokey-Cokey: In or Out for Agriculture?

02.05.13 The EU Hokey-Cokey: In or Out for Agriculture? Discussion archive There was a feeling of frustration towards UK agriculture’s relationship with the EU. Many voiced their concerns over membership but ceded that having Europe onside with the industry was

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Animal welfare and antibiotics – at what price?

11.04.13 Animal welfare and antibiotics – at what price? Discussion archive The overriding message from this discussion was that prevention rather than cure is the preferred approach and essential for animal health and spending on illness is very different to

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Off farm incomes – using your agricultural skills for second incomes

30.05.13 Off farm incomes – using your agricultural skills for second incomes There was a high transferability of skills from agriculture for off-farm incomes, with hot tubs, carpentry and video presenter all quoted as work done by farmers. Common sense

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Question Time: Agricultural journalist panel

29.08.13 Question Time: Agricultural journalist panel discussion archive A slightly different AgriChatUK discussion to normal, this one featured 7 of the industry’s top agricultural, environmental and food journalists taking questions on their roles, editorial drivers, opinions on social media, and

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