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The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

    29/09/22 Bird Flu, On-shore wind, Wine tourism

    29/09/22 Bird Flu, On-shore wind, Wine tourism

    More bird flu outbreaks and more restrictions. 64,000 turkeys are being culled in the latest outbreak, this time in Norfolk.

    The Government says it's going to relax planning laws about where on-shore wind farms can be built, but some rural councils are not sure they want them.

    All week we're looking at UK wine. Most is English, but there are about five vineyards in Scotland and thirty in Wales - that's according to the tourism organisation Visit Wales. Visitors are a growing part of the business model for producers in the Welsh wine regions.

    Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 13 Min.
    27/09/22 - Defra announce a 'rapid review' to farm policy, new Welsh Agriculture Bill, berry wine in Scotland

    27/09/22 - Defra announce a 'rapid review' to farm policy, new Welsh Agriculture Bill, berry wine in Scotland

    Is the government going to ditch paying farmers to meet environmental goals and give them money per hectare instead? We hear from the academic who thought up the 'public money for public goods' policy. And the Welsh government launches its new Agriculture Bill.

    Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 13 Min.
    26/09/22: Reservoir Opposition, Farmers Abused, UK Wine

    26/09/22: Reservoir Opposition, Farmers Abused, UK Wine

    A plan to flood more than a thousand acres of Lincolnshire farmland to create a new reservoir is being met with strong opposition. More than 2000 people have signed a petition opposing Anglian Water’s plans for the site near Sleaford. The company says the facility is vital to secure future water supplies as our climate changes and as demand for water grows.

    Farming Today regularly reports on concerns for farmer's mental health - and now a study suggests farmers are also regularly being subjected to abusive behaviour from members of the public. Researchers from the University of Exeter say it is leading to a "strong sense of disconnection" with the wider public. We speak to the Farming Community Network, which says it wants to do more to connect farmers with the communities that live near by.

    And as we start a whole week looking at UK wine production, we find out how climate change has been affecting the types of wine being produced.

    Presented by Charlotte Smith
    Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

    • 11 Min.
    22/09/2022: Rural Energy Relief, Charles as King on the Countryside

    22/09/2022: Rural Energy Relief, Charles as King on the Countryside

    A pub owner and other rural businesses give their reaction to the Energy Bill Relief Scheme. Meanwhile people living in homes in the countryside relying on heating oil fear for the future. And King Charles, will his views on farming and the countryside be so publicly aired now he has ascended to the throne?
    Presenter: Caz Graham
    Producer: Alun Beach
    Editor: Dimitri Houtart

    • 13 Min.
    21/09/22: Living off grid, sustainable agritech, oil seed rape research

    21/09/22: Living off grid, sustainable agritech, oil seed rape research

    Major players in international food chains are meeting this week at the World Agri-Tech summit in London to discuss how new innovations such as satellite imaging, precision farming, and biotechnology can help feed a growing world population with less environmental damage. So what does that mean for companies which produce fertilisers and pesticides? Anna Hill speaks to Jeremy Williams from Bayer Crop Science.

    All this week we're talking about the cost of living, and how it impacts on people living in rural communities. For some who are not connected to the mains electricity grid, it can mean even higher costs. We hear from a couple who live off grid, and the campaign to get people like them more help to get connected.

    And scientists from the John Innes Centre in Norwich have discovered why some oil seed rape crops do poorly in warmer winters. It has to do with the tiny flower buds which form under the ground. Now the researchers are breeding to select varieties which can still do well, even in warmer winters.

    Presented by Anna Hill
    Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

    • 13 Min.
    20/09/22 Cost of living in rural areas; farmers still unable to export breeding animals to the EU.

    20/09/22 Cost of living in rural areas; farmers still unable to export breeding animals to the EU.

    We hear why, nearly two years after we left the EU, farmers still can't export breeding animals to Europe.

    And the cost of living is rising, wherever you live, but this week we're going to look at the impact of price rises in rural areas.

    Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 13 Min.

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