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Thank you for letting me know.  I would also like to let you know that your magazine is very popular with our students.  Many of the students at this school are from a rural farming background and it has been fantastic to have some reading material that appeals to them, particularly the more reluctant readers.

Mrs Kathryn Durkan,    LRC Manager,      John Port School



John Port School, Derbyshire

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Practical Farm Ideas includes:

1. A high quality printed magazine sent out to subscribers quarterly

2. On-line published blogs, articles, newsletters

3. Downloadable features

4. Presentations


The printed magazine


  • All about ideas not products

  • 48 pages of editorial with no advertising, no bias

  • Numerous 'Made it Myself' workshop projects

  • Farm finance and business, farm succession, trusts, employment legal

Practical Farm Idea - Saving you money

Available by post - single copies. Available back issues go back to 1992. Some issues sold out

Subscriptions (£16.50 / year, overseas post supplement applies) from this web site

Current issue stocked in rural newsagents in UK, Ireland, and a few in Australia and New Zealand.

Subscribers get:

  • access to additional on-line articles

  • code to access on-line articles free of charge



To read a complete magazine, register here:

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On-line newsletter, blogs

Access FarmIdeas blog

Downloadable articles and reports

Essential info about Practical Farm Ideas

  • The magazine is published on February 8, May 8, August 8 and November 8.
  • Each issue is 48 pages, printed in full colour, all editorial - It carries no advertising.
  • Main sections are: 'Made it Myself' with 40+  farm workshop projects,  'Farm World'  editorial from UK and overseas;  'Financial Focus', important tax tips, money management, diversification.

Why no advertising?
Advertising always influences content. No editor can afford to upset a £20,000 a year advertiser. Ads have become the driving force behind a high proportion of magazines. No advertising makes the magazine completely different to others - and so worth buying!

Mike Donovan started the magazine started in 1992, when he was dairy/beef farming. He saw the real need to share cost cutting ideas, and his farming was based on low costs but better then average outputs. It made surplusses which provided scope for growth in the farm business. Farmers who rely on subsidies for their income are putting themselves in the hands of politicians, and Practical Farm Ideas gives readers many ways of reducing their reliance on CAP payments.

Our contributors come from all over the UK, Ireland and also Europe. Join them by clicking here Contributors get packs of back issues. They don't need to write up their ideas - that's Mike's job.
If you have made or adapted a machine we would be interested in talking. Most contributors are personally visited.

Back Issues - approx 98 available
To see all of our back issues, click here

High Res Pictures Available
Project stories use a number of high resolution pictures which are available to subscribers for a realistic charge. To take advantage of this, a current subscription is essential. Pictures are for personal farm use only.

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