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Farm saved seed – a reminder

We have recently received a reminder from the British Society of Plant Breeders (BSPB) that in many cases, where farmers are saving homegrown seed for planting in future, there is a legal responsibility to “self assess” the process and pay an appropriate royalty.

Northern dairy farms just breaking even at 28 people

It might seem like a distant memory now, after a slow spring brought by the ‘beast from the east’ and then a hot and dry summer have made 2018 a challenging year for many, but 2017/18 was one of the best years in a long time for dairy businesses.

Chairman's address

2018 is shaping up to be an interesting year by any standards. Aside from the political scene, which seems to change day to day, it has been something of a rollercoaster ride for farming.

Promises, promises...and the family farm

Promising your farm to one of your children is fine as long as you find a way to deliver. In this article, we take a look at some recent “proprietary estoppel” cases where the courts have upheld claims to the family farm.

Everybody should have a terrier on the farm

Terriers come in two types. There are small hairy ones that are ideal for keeping down the rats in the barn, but for the purposes of this article, we will be concentrating on the other sort – according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “A register of the lands belonging to a landowner, originally including a list of tenants, their holdings, and the rents paid, later consisting of a description of the acreage and boundaries of the property”.

Mixed messages on the Agriculture Bill

As we move towards the issue of a new Agriculture Bill which will define the post-Brexit future of UK farming, there have recently been a number of interesting developments.

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