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Farmers investigating land for farm diversification

Have you decided that farm diversification is the next step for your business, or maybe you are weighing up your options? Here you will find some great information to help you and your diversification journey.

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farming dates for your diary

Whether it’s a trade show, conference or country show, we’ve highlighted some of the biggest farming events in the calendar which will help you develop rural diversity…

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crops were affected by the 2018 heatwave – a field and pond with crack earth showing

As the spring rain continues to fall, many of us might be missing the glorious sunshine of the UK summer heatwave. May businesses also enjoyed a boost from the weather, with retailers witnessing the largest revenue rise in four years, with a 4% rise compared to June 2017.

But for some, the heatwave was a nightmare for their livelihoods — farmers struggled with everything from burnt fields under the scorching sun to droughts putting livestock at risk.

Just how far did the damage spread, and how long will the effects last?

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An outdoor wedding - one rural diversification option

Becka Wright, Creative Manager at Appetite Me, on entering into rural diversification in a seemingly saturated market…

With more and more land owners and farmers looking into diversifying their land and business in order to secure a more financially stable future it can leave you questioning what new ways can you expand your business, especially when so many markets seem over saturated. However, there are new trends and ideas being developed all the time, below we talk about the trends we are seeing in farming diversification.

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Farm Diversity Magazine - logo

A new magazine aimed at farmers and landowners with diversification plans is being launched later this month. Farm Diversity offers news and views from the industry on a range of agricultural topics, and also features the products and services which can help rural businesses make diversity a success.

The magazine will cover: 

• renewable energy

• leisure & tourism

• food and drink

• retail

• consultancy

• arable & pastoral diversification

• recruitment & training

• groundworks/landscaping

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energy production - a mountainside with wind turbine and solar panels

Many farmers are turning to energy production when diversifying – and why not? You’ve got the land, there are experts at hand to help and you’ll be producing green fuel. Saving the plant in fact! But there’s more to energy production than setting out your equipment, says Paul Hutchens, who is CEO of Midlands-based solar specialists Eco2Solar. Paul is a board member of the Solar Trade Association (STA), the UK's leading solar industry voice. Here, Paul discusses some of the ethical issues surrounding energy distribution in the UK, including the rights to energy access…

The energy market is in a state of change. Technological, economic, environmental, and political developments are all having an unprecedented influence on how the UK considers, consumes and stores energy. There are well-publicised issues around how and where energy is produced, but the distribution of this energy is a subject that raises more questions. Is access to energy a basic human right? What are the ethical implications of storing and sharing energy? And who should be making decisions on what we buy and what we share?