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RuSource Briefings is a free rural information service for anyone working in the countryside or with rural people, and those supporting rural life. The briefings are produced by the editor, Alan Spedding, whose goal is to, "Cut important issues down to essentials and tell it straight", saving subscribers to the weekly e-news bulletin hours of time searching the internet for up-to-date, accurate & unbiased information. Alan also provides less frequent 'Easy Guides' to key areas of agriculture & land-based activity for the educated 'outsider'.


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This week's briefings (18th September 2014)

2046 Lake District Futures (Dom Hall)

2047 Brief Solar Update (Judy Pearson)

2048 What is the best solar system for farmers (GreemMatch.co.uk)

2049 Sustainable pig nutrition (Michelle Sprent, Nuffield Farming Scholarship)


11th September 2014

2043 New role for rural libraries (Rural Services Network)

2044 Opportunities for the small family farm (Jamie McCoy, Nuffield Farming Scholarship)

2045 Succession of the family farm (Rebecca Hill, Nuffield Farming Scholarship)


4th September 2014

2038 Andersons Agribrief August 2014

2039 Farm household incomes (Defra, Farm Business Survey)

2040 Reducing dairy farm costs (Jason Vickery, Nuffield Farming Scholarship Report)

2041 Wealth creation for progression in agriculture: 12 commandments, (Mark Townshend)

2042 GPS in agriculture (Precision Agriculture website)


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