Farm Diversification, what are the risks and opportunities?

Matt McWhirter explores the opportunities and risks of diversification …and explains why farmers should think before diversifying. Market volatility, slashed subsidies, and economic uncertainty have all played a hand in farmers looking further afield to seek out new revenue streams. With plentiful resources at their disposal, farmers are increasingly turning to diversification and successfully launching…

Health & Safety on the Farm

Farmers cannot afford to pay ‘lip service’ …warns agricultural specialist. Farmers must be prepared to dedicate time and resource to health and safety standards to avoid falling foul of government inspections, an agricultural risk expert has warned. Richard Wade, risk specialist for Farmers and Mercantile Insurance Brokers (FMIB), urged farmers to take workplace risk seriously…

Farming in the 21st Century benefits from tailored inspections

Technology advances must be backed by maintenance and inspections of core machinery. In an era of fast-paced technological advances in farming, it is now common place to see precision field mapping systems in place, or satellite data fed directly to fertiliser spinners, combine harvesters and other farm equipment. Machinery manufacturers have developed advanced telematics systems…

Farm pollution warning!

Warning after hundreds of farm pollution incidents reported  …across England over past decade An agricultural expert is warning farmers about the risks of farm pollution, after official figures revealed 430 incidents occurred across England¹ in the past decade2. Farm pollution incidents can have a devasting impact on wildlife, ecosystems and, in some cases, human health…