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JOSEPH ELKINGTON, PIONEER OF LAND DRAINAGE

As part of our ‘pioneers in agriculture’ series we take a look at Joseph Elkington: the man who transformed the agricultural landscape through his work in land drainage. ‘Pioneer of Land Drainage’ is the phrase found on the modest monument to Joseph Elkington that...

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TEN HOUSEHOLD FOOD SPENDING TRENDS FOR 2021

Food retailing trends are highly relevant to maize growers, over 90% of whom are milk producers, because changes in consumer buying habits of dairy products will influence the terms of the contracts on which they sell their milk. For this latest blog, Farm Zone,...

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UK TRADE TALKS: WHAT DIFFERENCE WILL BIDEN MAKE?

The UK has spent much of 2020 working on its future trading relationships with the rest of the world. It’s been a year of talks – most urgently with the EU, whose single market and customs union we are bound to leave at the end of the year – and of ongoing...

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Strip-tilling: a perspective from Frans de Boer

Strip-tilling is currently seeing something of a resurgence, and, in many situations, the farmers using it are getting some very pleasing results. However, the practice is not for everyone and, in this article, Farm Zone talks to Frans de Boer, managing director at DB...

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NUTRIENT POLLUTION – TACKLING THE CHALLENGE

Following on from Bright Maize’s successful recent open day, we spoke to Tim Stephens of Wessex Water, and took a broader look at nitrate pollution… We all know something about the problems of water pollution from agriculture. When chemicals from pesticides and excess...

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JOHN MECHI AND TIPTREE HALL FARM

Part five of our ‘pioneers in agriculture’ series takes a look at some interesting aspects of the life of John Mechi – founder of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution  Those who have had dealings with the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution may have...

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