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How to spot and treat mental illness

In the UK, one in five members of the public will experience depression at some point during their lives, and more than 20% of farmers will suffer from the illness. Long working hours are...

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Mental illness in British farming

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), more than one agricultural worker a week in the UK dies by suicide. An occupation which faces harsh weather and shrinking profit margins, 25% of farming...

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FUW explores innovation at Royal Welsh

AMERICAN entrepreneur Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple, once said that ​’i​nnovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower​’​. Recognising the importance of innovation in the agricultural industry, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is hosting...

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FUW focuses on mental health

THE FARMERS’ U​NION OF WALES made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Show last year to continue raising awareness of mental health problems in rural communities and in line with that commitment is continuing...

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Horizon document looks to future

A NEW analysis of Brexit’s potential impact emphasises the need for agricultural businesses to prepare for the future to ensure the long-term prosperity of the £1.6 billion Welsh farming sector. The Horizon document, ‘Exploring...

Dry weather hits fodder stocks

THE FUW has called on the UK and Welsh Governments to take action to reduce the impact of the dry weather on farms and livestock. Across Wales, farms are experiencing major problems due to...

WG unveils new farm support plans

NEW proposals to support Welsh farmers after Brexit have been unveiled. On Tuesday​ (Jul 10) the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths launched a consultation on a new Land Management...

NFU Mutual warns on fire risk

TINDER dry conditions are putting the UK countryside at high risk of devastating fires, warns NFU Mutual. The leading rural insurer is concerned that the current heat wave could lead to grassland and arable...