Farming

Farmers vs rewilders: can they find their common ground?

28 May 2022 9:00 am

Farmers and rewilders must discover their shared purpose

Letters: What happened to hymns in schools?

14 May 2022 9:00 am

Disarming by default Sir: Underpinning Rod Liddle’s amusing article on use of nuclear weapons last week is the reassurance provided…

Letters: To achieve net zero, we need to go nuclear

2 April 2022 9:00 am

Nuclear future Sir: It is refreshing to see Martin Vander Weyer note that, properly and fully costed, nuclear power is…

I won't ever look at cows the same way again: Andrea Arnold's Cow reviewed

15 January 2022 9:00 am

The latest film from Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank, American Honey) is a feature-length documentary about a cow, starring…

Where in the world will you find the cheapest petrol?

9 October 2021 9:00 am

Whole-life sentences How many prisoners are serving whole-life sentences? — There are currently 74 prisoners in prison with whole-life tariffs;…

James Bond and the Beatles herald a new Britain

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The word ‘magisterial’ consistently attaches itself to the work of David Kynaston. His eye-wateringly exhaustive four-volume history of the Old…

You need to be a millionaire to move to Wales

4 September 2021 9:00 am

We began searching for the farm of our dreams in Wales as we planned our escape from Surrey. The problem…

Letters: In defence of organic food

31 July 2021 9:00 am

A note about manure Sir: I am afraid Matt Ridley shows a lack of understanding about agriculture in general and…

Organic food isn’t better for us – or the environment

24 July 2021 9:00 am

The case against organic food

First-rate TV: Clarkson's Farm on Amazon Prime reviewed

26 June 2021 9:00 am

I was at a party the other day when who should accost me but Jeremy Clarkson. There were lots more…

Good luck enjoying eating salmon ever again

29 May 2021 9:00 am

‘I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by cat videos,’ begins Henry Mance’s How to Love Animals, winningly.…

Why I’m investing in sheep

10 April 2021 9:00 am

Laikipia In the past I had a low opinion of sheep. During my first forays into farming I saw them…

Andrew Marr: Scotland is slipping away from the Union

29 August 2020 9:00 am

Staying in Britain for the summer has been, in many ways, entirely glorious. We have zigzagged from Shropshire through Derbyshire…

Letters: Why is the problem of working-class white boys not considered worth solving?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Left-behind boys Sir: Christopher Snowdon’s perceptive and informative article (‘The lost boys’, 18 July) reflects perfectly my own experiences in…

What our 500kg house bull taught us about the value of life

15 February 2020 9:00 am

Death and failure are more integral to farming than any other experience that I’ve witnessed in my life. Some things…

HS2’s completion is as likely as King Harry’s coronation

24 January 2020 10:00 pm

Seven years ago, when HS2 was still officially costed at £33 billion, I wrote that I was looking forward to…

Our tree-planting obsession may do more harm than good

7 December 2019 9:00 am

‘Four beef burgers is the same as flying to New York and back! FOUR BURGERS!’ When I arrived at the…

Hare coursing gangs are terrorising the countryside

23 November 2019 9:00 am

If you’re driving at dawn or at dusk in the countryside at this time of year, you might well see…

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A picture of rural Kentucky: Stand by Me, by Wendell Berry, reviewed

3 August 2019 9:00 am

Anyone picking up a book by Wendell Berry, whether it be fiction, essays or a collection of his lucid and…

In defence of British landowners (and the truth about grouse moors)

18 May 2019 9:00 am

I was surprised to read the article by Ben Macdonald in last week’s Spectator urging Britain’s grouse moor owners to…

Slow road marking on a country road

In defence of inaction: why it’s usually best to do nothing

27 April 2019 9:00 am

I recently came across the Small Robot Company, a British agricultural robotics start-up. Their vision is that with smart, autonomous…

A cow is better than a bank balance

30 June 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya   A minotaur head glowers at me through the bathroom window while I am brushing my teeth in…

Farming is a hard life no matter where you do it

7 April 2018 9:00 am

Laikipia, Kenya Erupe is a Kenyan farmer. He owns a smallholding of a few acres not far from my own…

Heavy-going and heavy-handed: Dark River reviewed

24 February 2018 9:00 am

Dark River is the much-anticipated third feature from British writer/director Clio Barnard and it is one of those bleak, rural-…

Letters: Leave Theresa May alone – she’s doing her best

10 February 2018 9:00 am

Stop knocking May Sir: I find this knocking of Theresa May increasingly depressing (‘Theresa’s choice’, 3 February). She has a terrible job…