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The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

    30/07/21 - Small Abattoirs, Scottish small farms

    30/07/21 - Small Abattoirs, Scottish small farms

    As an abattoir in Machynlleth prepares to shut its doors on Saturday Caz Graham speaks to the owner about his decision and asks an industry spokesperson what needs to change in order to keep these smaller facilities going. Moira Hickey is in Scotland to speak to the owners of two small farms about the challenges they face.

    Presenter: Caz Graham
    Producer in Bristol: Toby Field

    • 13 Min.
    29/07/21 Should the smallest farms be eligible for ELMS farm payments? Light recipes for plants.

    29/07/21 Should the smallest farms be eligible for ELMS farm payments? Light recipes for plants.

    Should farms under five hectares be eligible for ELMS, the Government's new post-Brexit environmental farm funding scheme? The Landworkers' Alliance thinks so. DEFRA plans to initially roll the scheme out only to farms currently signed up to the old EU Basic Payment Scheme and that excludes farms that are smaller than 5 hectares. We hear from Jyoti Fernandes on why that should change.

    And a business that specialises in technology for vertical farming, where crops like salads are grown indoors in layers under artificial light, is developing what they call light recipes to improve growth.

    Presented by Caz Graham and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 13 Min.
    28/07/21 - Sustainable beef and dairy, Welsh tea, Isles of Scilly farm

    28/07/21 - Sustainable beef and dairy, Welsh tea, Isles of Scilly farm

    Anna Hill speaks to Don Broome about a new study assessing the sustainability of food production, and asks how British beef and dairy compare to other systems in the world. Two years ago, Lucy George took a leap of faith and turned her fruit farm just outside Cardiff, into Wales's only tea estate - Caroline Evans has been to meet her. For small farms week, Mariclare Carey-Jones is on the Isles of Scilly to meet two farmers who when faced with falling revenues during the pandemic decided to try growing chillies.

    Presenter: Anna Hill
    Producer in Bristol: Toby Field

    • 13 Min.
    27/07/21 - Shortage on the shelves, Hot Air Balloons and livestock, Small farm diversification

    27/07/21 - Shortage on the shelves, Hot Air Balloons and livestock, Small farm diversification

    A leading food processing company has warned of shortages. Anna Hill asks James Bielby of the Federation of Wholesale Distribution where the bottlenecks are in the system, whether government exemptions will improve the current situation, and how things might unfold in the coming months. On Saturday's Farming Today This Week we heard from a listener whose cows had been spooked by a low-flying hot air balloon, and today Anna speaks to Wendy Rousell from the British Balloon and Airship Club about what steps their members take to avoid farmland and about their code of conduct. For small farms week Rebecca Rooney visits a farm on the Gloucestershire/Wiltshire border that is working hard to diversify its offering from pasture-fed beef and breeding cows, into leather hides and glamping.

    Presenter: Anna Hill
    Producer in Bristol: Toby Field

    • 13 Min.
    26/07/21 Small farms, Non-viable farm businesses, Water shortage.

    26/07/21 Small farms, Non-viable farm businesses, Water shortage.

    There are very big changes ahead in British farming, how will small farms fare when the current system of subsidies is phased out? The Princes Countryside Trust supports smaller farm businesses with a range of programmes. We speak to Lord Curry of Kirkharle, chair of Trustees of the Prince’s Countryside Fund and for many years a farmer himself.

    More than a third of farmers surveyed by agricultural accountants think their businesses won’t be viable in years to come when basic payments end. The Rural Agricultural Group, an association of specialist agricultural accountants, got feedback from around 250 farmers from across the UK and 34% feared they wouldn't survive when the current system is replaced by Environmental Land Management Schemes.

    Scottish Water is asking people on Orkney to save water – it’s using tankers to supply areas where it’s in danger of running out. Farmers are feeling the heat too. Weeds are growing better than new grass because of the hot dry weather.

    Presenter = Caz Graham
    Producer = Rebecca Rooney

    • 11 Min.
    24/07/21 - Mussels, Meadows and Livestock Scares

    24/07/21 - Mussels, Meadows and Livestock Scares

    All this week Farming Today has been hearing about meadows, and today Caz Graham speaks to James Allen who says it is possible to make a living from grazing heritage breeds of livestock on wildflower meadows. Caz has also been in the Westmorland Dales near Kirkby to meet Andrew Walter and find out why hay meadows are a special place. Rebecca Rooney is in the Thames Valley wading through water meadows to find out about a project to preserve these habitats. Ewan Murrie is aboard a boat of a mussel farmer who has seen his business slump since the end of the Brexit transition period. Sacha Dench is flying high above the UK in an electric paramotor but owing to a limited battery life finds herself landing frequently in farmland. Charlotte Smith asks her how she's received, and a farmer in Somerset says more needs to be done to protect livestock after her cows were spooked by a low-flying hot air balloon.

    Presenter: Caz Graham
    Producer in Bristol: Toby Field

    • 25 Min.

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