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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 (14th August 2014)

2025 Rural Crime Survey (NFU Mutual)

2026 Safe handling of cattle (Health & Safety Executive, Northern Ireland)

2027 Plants have a memory of pests that spans generations (Ars Technica)

2028 Unmanned aerial vehicles: the basics (HGCA)

2029 Passenger transport in isolated communities (Local Government Information Unit)


7th August 2014

2021 Andersons AgriBrief - July 2014

2022 Selling the farm experience (Caroline Millar, Nyffield Farming Scholarship)

2023 A vision for British lamb production (National Sheep Association and NFU)

2024 Sustainable intensification of European agriculture (Professor Alan Buckwell, IEEP)


31st July 2014

2016 Threats and opportuntiies for rural landowners (Knight Frank)

2017 GHG mitigation on English farms (Defra)

2018 RDPE: outline of new programme (Defra)

2019 Case study - Morecambe Bay Limestones and Wetlands Nature Improvement Area (Natural England)

2020 Best practice for soil, nutrient and water management - key actions for farmers (Enviroment Agency) 


 Search a regularly updated catalogue of all past and current briefings on the OpenFields website here.