Focussing on farming

The latest Farm Business magazine has turned, slightly, into the ‘I’ve had enough of politics, let’s get back to farming’ issue, as we focus on some of the huge number of challenges you face. Even so, we do have the NFU’s statement on the importance of migrant labour to the vegetable growing sector in particular and the public reaction to it, but you and I know that the industry highlighted the potential problem before the referendum and it’s right to keep up the pressure. It’s now the job of the politicians to come up with the best possible outcome. If they don’t like it, they can always let someone else have a go.

Meanwhile, we’re back on the issues which affect your business. There’s a big focus on weed control in this issue. It’s something that has everyone in arable agriculture thinking hard and there’s plenty here to stimulate and inform your thinking.

We’ve got a timely reminder from Stuart Shiells, trading director of Ipswich-based Nidera UK, that it’s the weather that drives markets. It’s the weather that drives producing a crop as well. There’s technical information for dairy and livestock farmers, as well as a look forward with a report on cloned sheep. There’s also a report on rural broadband, something that’s vital to modern farm businesses and going to get even more important.

If all that leaves you with any doubt that a high level of knowledge is needed to farm nowadays, Stephen Jacob of BASIS has written to remind us that farming needs highly qualified and skilled individuals.

There are also articles from three of our Food & Farming Industry Awards sponsors explaining why they think it’s important for this industry to recognise its very best workers and innovators. We’ve got details of how to enter. A Food & Farming Industry Award is a great way to show what you’ve achieved and the awards ceremony is a fantastic night out. If you don’t enter, you won’t be there. Go on. You deserve it.

Meanwhile, I wish you successful farming. And let’s hope the politicians can sort themselves out.

Chris Lyddon
Editor, Farm Business

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