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One thing is assured, the life of a reporter is always varied, maybe more so when you ply your trade where there’s fewer people and far more sheep… North Yorkshire is a charmed land; through man’s boundaries the county encapsulates two National Parks and three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. My week started in one of them, […]

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On Wednesday night I had the privilege of addressing the members of the 2016 Oxford Farming Conference during the annual debate held in the historic Oxford Union building. The motion before the house was “Agriculture is an Equal Opportunities Industry” and I was invited to argue against the proposal. For those of you who weren’t […]

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I was incredibly honoured and humbled to be awarded the Yorkshire Award for the Countryside at this year’s Yorkshire Awards ceremony in Leeds. The category is sponsored by the Dalesman Magazine and recognises people who have made a positive contribution to the rural scene in Yorkshire. Last year’s winner for example, was Amanda Owen the Yorkshire Shepherdess. […]

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Farming: noun – The activity or business of growing crops and raising livestock Has the time come to rename the industry? It’s a simple concept, the act of growing food, but it’s an activity that engages fewer and fewer people. As we move into urban areas, pursue employment in tertiary and service industries, we’re leaving […]

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Farmers and the agricultural community are social-media champions – using their smartphones to tell the stories of the land, their work and the animals they look after. On that basis, I sent a tweet asking my followers for their photos of lambing time. No competition, just a reflection of their lives and the world farmers engage with. […]

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Spring has arrived and is full swing – daffodils, new born lambs and dairy cows heading outside after a winter indoors. It’s an iconic time of year full of age-old farming imagery, I’ve been fortunate so spend some time in the Yorkshire countryside over the past few weeks – here’s what I saw!

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There’s no escaping the fact the dairy industry has been rocked by the price crisis through 2014 – 2015. Retailers and consumers are repeatedly paying farmers less than the cost of production for the milk they supply. Farms are being sold, livelihoods lost and businesses stretched during turbulent times. The cause? Global over-supply, the Russian […]