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Editor’s column: Grenfell Tower tragedy should be a wake-up call for the government - they are cutting too much

In 2015 I attended a Bucks County Council meeting and the guest speaker was Tony Travers of the London School of Economics. - this is an expert free from political bias, speaking honestly about his specialism.

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FARMING MATTERS: Fewer families than ever farm the land

There’s a bit of a misconception that farms remain intact and within the same families for many generations, but lots of things can actually prevent that from happening. Land which is compulsory purchased for development or for roads or railways can mean farmers having to move off their land and start up elsewhere.

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Dorcas Charolais herd. Picture by Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Open day to check out Charolais herd

We are beef farmers and for 13 years we have used a Charolais bull to serve our suckler cows. Charolais cattle produce gorgeous chunky little fluffy white calves with solid rumps, perfect for a commercial beef herd.

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Children under the age of 13 are prohibited from driving and riding on farm machinery being used in agricultural operations

FARMING MATTERS: Keeping children safe in the farmyard

Most people do not live at their workplace. For farming families, there is no option. Farming is a way of life not just a job.

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FARMING MATTERS: Farmers are at greater risk of skin cancer

FARMING MATTERS: Farmers are at greater risk of skin cancer

Sunshine and fresh air are good for us, we all need Vitamin D for healthy bones, teeth and muscles. Farmers probably get more Vitamin D than most. But the flip side to this is their increased risk of skin cancer.

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Measuring the rainfall - or lack of it. Picture Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Lack of rain means difficulties for crops

Writing about the weather is tricky because whatever it is doing right now, it could be different by the time you read this.

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What this election needs is a face off

We are four weeks into a seemingly never ending General Election campaign, one which is only creating excitement among avid players of political bingo.

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NFU Discovery Barn

FARMING MATTERS: Chance for children to get interactive

If you are attending a country show this year look out for the Discovery Barn.

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Prue Leith

FARMING MATTERS: Great British food from British farmers

New Great British Bake Off presenter Prue Leith has urged shoppers to back British farming, after the NFU’s new supermarket guide showed that eight major retailers are sourcing 100% of their flour, butter and eggs from domestic producers.

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Column - Council elections, community spirit and Henry Rollins!

Column - Council elections, community spirit and Henry Rollins!

Well election season is in full swing and by the time you read this you may have a new councillor, or have re-elected the existing one. However you voted, this newspaper will be on hand to make sure that those councillors do their jobs properly, and are fighting for people of Buckingham and Winslow at County Hall.

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NHS review will look at what GPs can prescribe

Column: Our wonderful NHS works - and that’s why scrutiny is so important

Firstly I hope that everyone has had a cracking bank holiday weekend – it’s been my pleasure looking at all the lovely pictures from the fun – not least from the Hope Not Hate event in 
Meadowcroft and the family day at the Bucks Railway Centre. Thank you to all who were happy to pose for our photographers!

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My shelf life as a DIY alpha male

Now that the warm (er) weather is threatening to show its face, plenty of Britons are rolling up their sleeves to do what they do best - DIY.

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Cows and calves. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt

FARMING MATTERS: Award time of the year

There are annual awards in many industries and agriculture is no exception.

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Fly tipping.  Picture: Sarah Standing

FARMING MATTERS: Cleaning up the countryside

The NFU says the government’s new Litter Strategy for England is a missed opportunity to tackle the scourge of fly-tipping as an environmental crime.

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A detail from the new footpath sign created by the NFU and the Kennel Club to encourage responsible dog ownership

FARMING MATTERS: Advice for dog owners

At this time of year when young livestock are in the fields it is even more important to keep dogs on a lead when out walking across farmland.

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Business eye: How much does music affect your business?

How much does music feature in your business thinking? I can tell you; not enough.

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Elizabeth Prior in The Treaterie at Waddesdon Manor with her Oliphant and Pomeroy ice cream. Picture copyright Heather Jan Brunt 2017.

FARMING MATTERS: High class ice creams available in new Treaterie at historic National Trust property

There’s an additional reason to enjoy a summer day out at the National Trust’s Waddesdon Manor this year, and that’s the opening of the new Treaterie serving delicious ice cream, waffles and crepes.

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COLUMN: Easter is upon us - and there is lots to do to keep active

COLUMN: Easter is upon us - and there is lots to do to keep active

Easter is upon us and some of us are probably still wondering what to do with the children now that they have broken up from school. 
Not only is boredom and staying inside with little activity a concern, but inevitably the Easter bunny is going to bring them 
copious amounts of chocolate and sweets that rivals even Christmas!

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NFU Back British Farming banner

FARMING MATTERS: Promoting British food

Farmers across the country are being encouraged to display large banners promoting home grown produce.

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Accidents involving machines are the most common cause of fatal injury in agriculture

FARMING MATTERS: Farm safety urged by NFU after month of fatalities

Farming is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs and the NFU is urging members to take greater care after 10 fatalities, including a child, were recorded on farms in February alone.

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