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The future of upland farming in the UK: what farmers are facing. This post is by Chris Clark of Nethergill Farm.

The future of upland farming in the UK: what farmers are facing

It is the first in a short series about the options for the future of upland hill farming in the UK. With the increased uncertainty regarding the viability of hill farms, the time is now ripe for farmers to think radically about hill farm management and consider new alternatives in a way that has not been possible since the last war. The justification for the old hill farming world is going or maybe has already gone. This is the first of a series of blogs in which I will consider the current state of managing and farming land in the UK above 200 metres, how we can take back more control and how to maintain or even increase the number of hill farm holdings.

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The future of food: Why farming is moving indoors

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Third of Britons have stopped or reduced eating meat - report

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China cut fertilizer use and still increased crop yields. This is how they did it

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When nature says 'Enough!': the river that appeared overnight in Argentina

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Does GMO corn increase crop yields? 21 years of data confirm it does—and provides substantial health benefits

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Coca-Cola And Nestlé To Privatize The Largest Reserve Of Water In South America

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Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years

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