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Farming/countryside sceneUK farming contributed £5.8 billion to our economy in 2007 (as measured by Gross Value Added at basic prices). It uses around three quarters of this country's land area, and employs over half a million people. One of our major tasks is to help this vital industry to operate as efficiently as possible. We administer support policies agreed in Brussels which provide around £3 billion to UK agriculture.

Business Link logoFarmer advice and support at Business Link

Defra has launched a new dedicated Farming section on Business Link. It currently contains plain English guides on livestock, crops, organics and agricultural wages & tenancies. During 2009 this will expand to offer a complete range of guidance, information and online tools for farm businesses.

Bluetongue - Complacency costs!Bluetongue - Complacency Costs!

Watch Defra’s Bluetongue video outlining why farmers can’t afford to be complacent about Bluetongue in 2009, featuring farmer Robert Law and Deputy Chief Vet Alick Simmons.

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See also

  • Horticulture - horticultural production and marketing, potatoes and hops.
  • Food and drink - milk and milk products, eggs, meat and poultry sectors.

Page last modified: 1 July 2009

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