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Social media: exploring its value for rural business

23.05.13 Social media: exploring its value for rural business There was no doubt that twitter is the preferred social media platform of choice for farmers and rural businesses due to its reach beyond the industry, the sharing of best practices

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Farming review of 2012

27.12.12 Farming review of 2012 discussion archive The one hour special review of farming in 2012 understandably centered on the impacts of the weather, which started with the drought in January but then developed into consistently wet weather which washed

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What’s the future for upland farms?

21.03.13 What’s the future for upland farms? Discussion archive The lowlands and the uplands are intertwined in a number of ways, for example through livestock, feeding, water and environment. The intricate balance between the environment, biodiversity and farming is unique

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Farmers and the food chain

07.03.13 Farmers and the food chain discussion archive Education, education, education – that was the key message arising from a discord between long supply chains and a lack of connection and understanding of consumers about the processes of food production chains. With

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Love & relationships in farming

28.02.13 Love & relationships in farming- how are they different? Discussion archive The importance and strength of relationships in farming was a key factor. Relationships often started through YFCs and colleges. Those from outside farming backgrounds need a willingness to

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Innovation in farming

21.02.13 Innovation in farming discussion archive AgriChatUK participants are an innovative bunch! There were some great examples and pictures of on farm inventions and adaptations of kit. It was generally agreed that software development was integral for ease of tech

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Future of the Agricultural Wages Board

07.02.13 Future of the Agricultural Wages Board discussion backlog The AWB was seen as important because it reflected particular working practices in agriculture and simplified negotiations with employees. But some believed it forced a one size fits all approach and

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Livestock auctions – fit for the future?

31.01.13 Livestock auctions – fit for the future? Discussion archive Markets have a future but some are better placed than others i.e. being 25 miles away from the nearest pig market makes pig farming an unviable. Markets are a vital

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Renewables – should I invest in 2013?

24.01.13 Renewables – should I invest in 2013? Discussion archive A lack of consistency from planning authorities, opposition of NIMBYs and the short-termism of reporting in the media are the major obstacles to investment in renewables. Attention to detail and

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LAMMA and beyond, your experiences of trade shows

17.01.13 LAMMA and beyond, your experiences of trade shows LAMMA has become a major event in the arable farming diary, with interest also growing in the livestock sector as the type of equipment on display expands. Farmers find tradeshows an

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