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Farming in crisis Monday, 31 January, 2000, 17:22 GMT
Farming in crisis
The UK's farming industry is still in the doldrums, hit badly by falling prices, though financial assistance is now being given.

BBC News Online looks at the causes, the symptoms and the effects - both in general and in a number of case studies from around the UK.


Farmers win sympathy but no cash
Alex Kirby reports on the plight of UK farmers, struggling to ride out the worst agricultural crisis in 60 years.
  • Farming profits halved
  • Financial rescue package
  • Why farmers think they deserve help
  • Prices: Years of feast and famine
  • Mark-up: Lamb crisis winners and losers
  • Form-filling infuriates farmers
  • Pigs: Overproduction and other factors
  • Sorting out the sheep to cull


    'Struggling to survive'
    The UK's farmers are "barely holding on to survival by their fingertips", according to a report by the National Farmers' Union.
  • Stress and suicide in the country
  • Lodgers and llamas: Making ends meet
  • 'Bad businessmen and bad farmers'
  • Logging on to profits
  • Bad diet: Farmers face a long-term problem
  • Devolution: What it means for ewe

     Alternative strategy: Direct selling and the Web
    Tim Hirsch reports from Bristol


    A hillfarmer's story
    BBC North's Adrian Pitches reports on the changing moods of a North Pennines hillfarmer he has followed through the year.
     January
     April
     July

  • Northern Ireland: A pig farmer's tale
  • Not all gloom: Optimism in East Anglia
  • Wales: A way of life at risk
  • US perspective: Midwest farmers going broke

     Grain farming: Not all doom and gloom
    BBC1's Countryfile reports from East Anglia
     "Twenty-five years ago, farming had a future..."
    Martin Cassidy reports from Northern Ireland
     "In the US, market forces usually triumph..."
    Brian Barron reports from the American Midwest

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