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Personal development plans can make all the difference to your employees’ motivation, happiness, and productivity at work. Here’s how to go about implementing them.
New communication technology has changed the world, and will continue doing so. Are you its master or its slave?
Do you as a manager trust your employees? Do they trust you? If not, you will struggle to maximise the potential of your business. Here are some practical tips on...

Plough for more

Emphasis on access instead of production may be the right way to solve food insecurity.
Bayer AG has upped its takeover offer for Monsanto to about US$65 billion in a bid to overcome the US seed company’s resistance to the deal.
Agri SA believes it has a funding mechanism which would fast track government’s slow land redistribution efforts.
The farming community came out in numbers for the 2015 Agri SA congress in Irene, Pretoria, recently.
Beneficiaries of the North West Nguni Cattle Project are going from strength to strength and have won several awards in the 2015 Agricultural Research Council (ARC) National Beef Performers competition.
Multinational chemical company BASF has concluded its €7,6 billion (R123 billion) all-cash acquisition of various businesses and assets of global life sciences and agriculture company Bayer.
Africa and Asia offer much allure for South African fresh produce exporters. But this country’s farmers must do their homework well before they plunge into these markets. Wilma den Hartigh...
Agricultural machinery and implements are vital to any commercial farming operation. It’s equally important that this equipment is well managed and maintained. Lloyd Phillips reports.
Theo de Jager stands at a crossroads. He can choose to sell his farm to one of 16 land claimants or he can fight to stay in business. Does Theo’s...
The Mohair Empowerment Trust has launched a project aimed at establishing commercial mohair producers within a five-year period. Mike Burgess travelled with the trust’s Bongani Ndhlovu to one of four...

GM & the new labelling laws

South Africa’s food label laws have been modified several times in recent years. Now, further far-reaching changes to food labelling legislation could be implemented by the end of the year...
Government-funded development agency Asgisa Eastern Cape, food giant Unilever South Africa and the Development Bank of South Africa recently signed an agreement in East London to promote crop production to...
Dear Jonno, My husband and I are planning our retirement home on our newly acquired farm in the north-eastern Free State. We enjoy your innovative ideas in the Farmer’s Weekly...
Call it what you will, this meatball veld fire with its powerful Indian flavours will bring tears of homesickness to the eyes of KZN citizens exiled elsewhere in this great...

Friendly advice

We had a surprise visit from a couple my wife and I befriended some 40 years ago. Trevor and Margaret found an old copy of Farmer's Weekly with my picture...

Chocolate surprise

Surprise your loved one with a homemade chocolate heart-shaped gift filled with dipped chocolate strawberries.

A farmhouse design

Shiela require assistance from Jonno to design a double-storey farmhouse with two bedrooms.
Steak can be cooked and served in a variety of ways, but this Asian-inspired marinade can turn even the tastiest steak into something far more special and appetising.
Summer can be a great time for horse owners, as long as they follow a few simple precautions, says Kim Dyson.

Poisonous plants

Horses generally avoid toxic plants, but owners need to know how to identify them in order to avoid serious mishaps, writes Kim Dyson.
An early passion for farming can lead to a successful, profitable business for a teenager.
Mike Ramagofu says small-scale farmers need the right breed for their specific conditions. He believes a breed can make or break an enterprise, especially in the case of communal farming....
Pieter Schulenburg of Leeuwfontein Braford Stud has established an acclaimed stud herd through a tough selection regime. His animals thrive under the harsh conditions of the semi-arid bushveld, says Peter...

Pale horses

Anaemia affects older horses, those that are unfit or ill, and colder-blooded types, says Kim Dyson.
I was delighted to read Wilma den Hartigh’s interview with Deon van Zyl on tactics to achieve successful sales on markets.
Since the introduction of industrial agricultural practices in South African sugar cane production, soil compaction has led to a steady decrease in average yield and profitability. Dr Rianto van Antwerpen, a...
Pumpkin fly is a pest every cucurbit grower will know. It is similar to a fruit fly but, as its name suggests, it parasitises members of the pumpkin family.

Are you legal?

Market agencies are required to register with the Agricultural Produce Agents Council (APAC) before they may conduct business.
Garagiste winemaking is growing in popularity in South Africa. Denene Erasmus visited Herman and Susan Perold on their award-winning 1ha wine estate in the Great Karoo to find out more...

Understanding citrus – 1

The climatic, soil and water requirements of citrus trees.

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