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The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

    27/01/20 - Brexit transition, FarmStart and the new Northern Ireland Farming Minister

    27/01/20 - Brexit transition, FarmStart and the new Northern Ireland Farming Minister

    It's three years and seven months since the UK voted to leave the EU. On Friday night that decision becomes reality, but this is where the hard work begins. We will leave the EU and enter a transition period - due to last till the end of the year - during which the UK must negotiate both a trade deal with the EU and a new legislative relationship on everything from access to fishing waters to intelligence sharing. But on Saturday morning, what will have changed?

    A new scheme, created by the Landworkers’ Alliance, hopes to help new entrants to break into farming, by starting small. The FarmStart scheme provides small affordable plots, shared equipment and training. We visit a project in Cornwall.

    And our first interview with the new Farming Minister for Northern Ireland, Edwin Poots,

    Presented by Anna Hill
    Produced by Heather Simons

    • 11 Min.
    Farming Today This Week: Sugar

    Farming Today This Week: Sugar

    Anna Hill finds out about British sugar growers. Around 100,000 hectares of sugar beet are grown in the UK, between them producing just over a million tonnes of sugar per year. But with an increased focus on sugar and public health, and the sugar tax still a topic for debate, what's the future for the industry?

    Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Emma Campbell.

    • 24 Min.
    24/01/20: Sugar and health, calf-at-foot investment, quantifying natural capital

    24/01/20: Sugar and health, calf-at-foot investment, quantifying natural capital

    As part of Farming Today's week-long focus on sugar beet, Anna Hill considers the end product: what impact sugar consumption is having on public health, and attitudes towards taxes on sugary food and drinks. She hears from Graham MacGregor from campaign group Action on Sugar - as well as British Sugar managing director Paul Kenward.

    Caz Graham visits the UK's largest 'calf-at-foot' dairy, with a herd of 125 organic cows - where calves are left with their mothers for five months: much longer than a traditional dairy model. The Scottish government’s Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund is now funding a £60,000 year-long pilot project, tracking the farm's progress - to see if what they’re doing could form a template for other farmers.

    And this week, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has launched a system to help measure the economic impact of 'natural capital': that is, positive ecosystem effects, things that provide us with food, clean air and water, wildlife, energy, protection from hazards and so on. Professor Ian Bateman from the University of Exeter was involved in creating the new system, and tells Anna it's the first step in farmers being able to find out what 'public money for public goods' will actually mean for them.

    Presented by Anna HIll, produced by Lucy Taylor.

    • 13 Min.
    23/01/20: Farming and climate change

    23/01/20: Farming and climate change

    A new report published today by the Committee on Climate Change says big changes to agriculture are essential if the UK is to achieve its climate change targets. Anna Hill asks what this would mean for farmers, and whether change could be an opportunity rather than a threat. We also hear from a farmer involved with Extinction Rebellion, and find out what Prince Charles had to say about the environment in his speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

    Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Emma Campbell.

    • 13 Min.
    22/01/20 Thousands of salmon escape from offshore farm, veterans for agriculture, sugar beet logistics

    22/01/20 Thousands of salmon escape from offshore farm, veterans for agriculture, sugar beet logistics

    Nearly a hundred thousand farmed salmon escaped from a storm-damaged pen off the Scottish coast. We hear what the consequences could be for wild salmon stocks.
    A project which helps military veterans find careers in agriculture is being expanded across the UK. 
    All this week we're talking about UK sugar beet. Anna Hill visits grower Jim Papworth, who runs a syndicate of ten lorries for forty growers, to get the beet to the factory at Cantley in Norfolk.

    Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 13 Min.
    21/01/20 Post-Brexit ban on chlorine-washed chicken, Welsh agriculture bill, ropeless lobster pots, fodder beet

    21/01/20 Post-Brexit ban on chlorine-washed chicken, Welsh agriculture bill, ropeless lobster pots, fodder beet

    Today we hear how the EU has had to defend its current ban on importing hormone injected beef and chlorine washed chicken in the courts, and why the UK could find it even harder to keep those bans in place post-Brexit.
    Anna Hill speaks to Welsh farming secretary, Lesley Griffiths, to get some more detail on the plans for Welsh agriculture outside the EU.
    Trials are underway off the Scottish coast, trying out a new type of fishing gear aimed at reducing the number of whales and other large marine animals that get entangled in ropes.
    As part of this week's focus on sugar beet, Mariclare Carey-Jones visits farmer Rhodri Davies who grows fodder beet in the Vale of Glamorgan.

    Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 13 Min.

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