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Who is Looking Forward to Controlling Our Own Laws Post Brexit?
15th Mar

2019

Who is Looking Forward to Controlling Our Own Laws Post Brexit? Piece originally written by George Dunn, TFA Chief Executive, for The Cumberland News and Westmorland Gazette, published on the 25 January 2019 A much-vaunted benefit of ...

Time to Put Grazing Livestock Back at the Heart of Future Policy for Our Uplands
15th Mar

2019

Time to Put Grazing Livestock Back at the Heart of Future Policy for Our Uplands Piece originally written by George Dunn, TFA Chief Executive, for The Cumberland News and Westmorland Gazette, published on the 22 February 2019 The news ...

Preparing for an EU Exit ; What do farmers need to know?
12th Mar

2019

As we head closer to the 29th March and our scheduled departure from the EU, below are some facts about how the UK’s departure will affect agricultural businesses. We are encouraging farmers to urgently prepare their businesses for ...

Looking After the Environment
1st Mar

2019

In our latest blog post, TFA North East Regional Chairman, Stephen Wyrill writes: It seems a week can’t go by without farmers being villainised for not looking after the environment.  From over grazing, wrecking soil health and how ...

Mind Your Head week (Monday 11th – Friday 15th Feb)
7th Feb

2019

The TFA is supporting this year’s Mind Your Head campaign organised by leading farming charity Farm Safety Foundation to raise awareness and tackle the stigma of the growing issue of mental illness in farming. Recent research by the ...

GWCT Big Farmland Bird Count
6th Feb

2019

This important initiative offers a simple means of recording the effect of any conservation schemes currently being initiated by farmers and gamekeepers on their land. All you have to do is spend about 30 minutes recording the species ...

Farm Safety: Working with Machinery
7th Jan

2019

The TFA have renewed its pledge to the Farm Safety Partnership (FSP) charter. The aim of the partnership is too reduce farm, work place fatal accidents by 50% by 2023. We aim to achieve this through; providing leadership to improve the ...

Does UK Membership of the European Economic Area Provide a No Deal Parachute for Transition?
6th Dec

2018

This is a reprint of an article written by George Dunn, TFA Chief Executive, for the Farmers Guardian’s online Brexit Hub in autumn 2018  By any objective assessment, the negotiations between the UK and the EU attempting to reach an ...

Brexit and its Impact on the Livestock Industry
28th Nov

2018

It is currently the question on many people’s lips at the moment – deal or no deal. But in either scenario the implications for the UK’s trading ability will no doubt change the face of our agricultural industry.  For livestock ...

Contingency Planning for the Sheep Sector in a No Deal Brexit Scenario
23rd Nov

2018

In our latest blog post, Devon TFA member Mike Dart sets out a contingency plan for the sheep sector in the event of no deal in the UK’s Brexit negotiations with the EU.  In a hard Brexit scenario there is every possibility that ...

In Praise of Mixed Farming Systems
16th Aug

2018

For healthy and sustainable food production it is necessary to have healthy and sustainably managed soil.   For healthy and sustainably managed soil, suitable quantities of organic matter are required.   For quantities of ...

Whither Food Security
4th Jul

2017

Our thought provoking blogger, Fred Cactus considers who should be responsible for feeding the nation: Farmers – it is time you realise it is not your responsibility to feed the nation.  That responsibility sits with Government.  ...

Don’t Upset the Bacteria
10th Feb

2017

I am a small bacterium, my life is one of toil I live with millions of my friends, deep down within the soil.   Now the job we’ve done for millennia, the profession in which we take part Is one of soil conditioning, we keep soil ...