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should rural policy beyond brexit look beyond farming?




i grew up on a farm, in a farming family, and my brothers still farm.  my own academic career has included extensive research on farming households, and particularly women’s work on farms.  i know how fundamental farming is for the countryside, for our landscapes, our food production and our rur...



more funding needed for vital civil society food and farming sector




the food ethics council has published the ‘food issues census 2017’, which provides a frank assessment of the activities and capacity of civil society organisations (csos) working on food and farming in the uk.it follows on from the original food issues census in 2011, the first ever effort to d...



remembering the wild west era of videogame gold farming




the trade in virtual goods isn't what it used to be. the post remembering the wild west era of videogame gold farming appeared first on wired.



glyphosate: understanding the controversy | farming futures




the debate over glyphosate has not been a scientific discussion but an activists’ war against ‘big agri’. glyphosate is scientifically proven to be safe and should be re-authorised.acting within the remit of its mandate, the european commission decided on 29 june 2016 to extend the marketing a...



iron ore posts fourth monthly gain in five




chinese steel and iron ore futures fell nearly 3 per cent after sharp gains in the prior session amid reports that the country's top economic planner was investigating the recent surge in futures markets.china's national development and reform commission (ndrc) this month questioned futures brokers...



iron ore posts fourth monthly gain in five




chinese steel and iron ore futures fell nearly 3 per cent after sharp gains in the prior session amid reports that the country's top economic planner was investigating the recent surge in futures markets.china's national development and reform commission (ndrc) this month questioned futures brokers...



policies for better livestock farming




future policies towards livestock farming and trade in the uk and eu should support a shift to healthy sustainable diets and develop more coherent approaches to environmental objectives such as climate change, protecting nature and high animal welfare. (sue dibb, eating better website)these are the ...



pigs and chocolate:using maths to solve problems in farming




improving cocoa yields for the chocolate industry, estimating the quality of meat in pigs and refining the design of a hydroponics system, were three farming challenges tackled by academics at a recent workshop hosted by the university of bath’s institute for mathematical innovation (imi) and the ...



wondering if the bayerface awards are for you?




running for the eighth time, the bayer/face awards celebrates the best of british agricultural education, recognising those who have made a significant and noteworthy impact on helping people understand the importance of farming and the countryside environmentwonder no longer! running for the eighth...



condition score your horse | farming futures




condition scoring your horse is an objective assessment of his current body condition, essentially scoring fat cover.the level of fat cover is assessed using a numeric grading system.there are a number of factors that can affect the condition score of a horse. primarily condition is related to feed ...



farmers club charitable trust focuses on developing farming's future leaders




through the farmers club charitable trust, with generous support from two major sponsors, 17 agriculturalists have participated in courses offered by the windsor leadership trust over the past five years.the wlt aims to provide inspirational programmes for leaders from all sectors of society, who ha...



planning to better balance farming and wildlife




farmers across the country need to prepare for a future in which a better balance between farming and wildlife is an increasingly important element of uk agricultural policy, urges farmed wildlife authority, marek nowakowski.  and they should do so in a well-planned way over the next few seasons to...



china steel futures slip, spot iron ore drops




chinese steel futures slipped for a second day as investors locked in recent gains, though the outlook for the commodity remained firm as declining traders' stockpiles pointed to a pick-up in demand.inventory of rebar among chinese traders had fallen in the past two weeks, after hitting a nearly th...



researchers: anecdotes and data | farming futures




a couple of days ago, a defra policy official told me that the uncertainty over eu exit was creating a fertile environment for evaluation, as champions try to ensure their favoured policies have a place in the forthcoming landscape, post brexit. this struck me as interesting, and i made a note of it...



keeping quail | farming futures




andrew homer finds quail both productive and fascinating. here he covers some basic essentials for anyone interested in keeping quail.have you ever dreamt of keeping chickens for eggs but just don’t have the room, or wanted to keep something a little different from a rabbit, guinea pig or hamster?...



agricultural revolution sees six out of seven farms disappear since 1950




photo: depositphotos.comthe dutch farming sector has been transformed since the war by massive consolidation that has seen six out of every seven farms disappear, new figures show.a study by the cbs confirmed that large-scale agribusinesses now dominate the sector. the average pig farm in 2017 had 1...



icex readies for futures trade relaunch in diamonds




dilip kumar jha  |  mumbai  march 9, 2017 last updated at 17:34 ist



icex readies for futures trade relaunch in diamonds




dilip kumar jha  |  mumbai  march 9, 2017 last updated at 23:54 ist



bse plans gold futures, spot trade at gift city




dilip kumar jha  |  mumbai  march 16, 2017 last updated at 17:50 ist



intelligent robot strawberry farmers | farming futures




dogtooth technologies, a start-up company based near cambridge, is developing autonomous robots designed to harvest soft fruits such as strawberries. (the engineer)the company tested its first prototype robot in the field in the summer of 2016, and is already working on an improved version. five of ...



us oil producers put more rigs to work for an eighth week in a row




us drillers added oil rigs for an eighth week in a row to the most since september 2015, extending a 10-month recovery as energy companies boost spending to take advantage of a recovery in crude prices since opec agreed to cut production late last year.that didn't help sentiment, and both brent and ...



us oil producers put more rigs to work for an eighth week in a row




us drillers added oil rigs for an eighth week in a row to the most since september 2015, extending a 10-month recovery as energy companies boost spending to take advantage of a recovery in crude prices since opec agreed to cut production late last year.that didn't help sentiment, and both brent and ...



calf management information | farming futures




ahdb dairy have produced a series of information sheets and associated short films to provide ideas on how to optimise calf performance.raising heifer calves is the second largest annual expense of a dairy business’s production costs, after feed, with no income until the first lactation and no pro...



improving lamb survival | farming futures




a structured, farm specific management plan can successfully improve lamb survival. lamb size is one of the largest risk factors for reduced lamb survival. lambs born too small have a reduced ability to stay warm and suckle, yet those born too big have an increased likelihood of undergoing birthing...



future energy efficiency policy | farming futures




this postnote outlines the benefits and costs of future improvements in energy efficiency across various uk sectors. it then describes the barriers to energy efficiency measures, outlines options for future energy efficiency policy and summarises analyses of the effectiveness of different policy opt...