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Mike Donovan
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Farm finances are facing a critical period and political parties are keeping suspiciously quiet. This FarmIdeas blog calls for the NFU to make a last minute appeal to members to make the farming point clear at the election hustings.

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The future for UK farmers is becoming of increasing concern, and here are some of the reasons why this is the case.

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The end of milk quotas resulted in a damaging price crash for dairy farmers. The repeal of the Corn Laws in 1846 was even worse for cereal farmers, and the acreage was reduced by 1m acres. The replies given by Ag Minister Eustice to questions from MPs like Neil Parish provided an insight into his thinking, and the possible consequences of the forthcoming negotiations.

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Farm workshop projects, money saving tips and ideas, UK employment law in relation to farming, this issue marks the start of the 25th year of publishing Practical Farm Ideas.

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Flood control should involve upland water management, say Farm Ideas editor Mike Donovan. He shows something people can actually do - better than the continual talking in meetings. 
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