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The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

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The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

    19/01/21 Fishermen Protest, Dog Attack, Vets software

    19/01/21 Fishermen Protest, Dog Attack, Vets software

    More than fifty lorries from fishing companies in Scotland and South West England paraded up and down Whitehall yesterday, to draw attention to the difficulty they are having exporting their goods into the EU. Delays at ports and extra paperwork since 1st January have meant time-sensitive goods have been at risk of perishing. We speak to the Dartmouth Crab Company about what impact they think the protest had.

    The cost of dog attacks on sheep has been rising across England according to insurers NFU Mutual - and recently there have been a number of attacks involving large numbers of sheep, including 50 at the weekend in North Monmouthshire. We speak to a farmer from Suffolk who lost 50 sheep in an attack just before Christmas, and also The Welsh Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs, Janet Finch-Saunders, who is calling for a National Rural Crime Taskforce in Wales to be set up to deal with the problem.

    Plus as we take a look at the work being done by vets this week, we speak to the developers of new software that allows vets and farmers to access data in real time. The project called "Remedy" or REal tiME DairY has been given £1.7 million in funding from Innovate UK.

    Presented by Anna Hill
    Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

    • 13 min
    18/01/21 Walkers trampling crops, Welsh veggies, vets and exports

    18/01/21 Walkers trampling crops, Welsh veggies, vets and exports

    We hear how lockdown walkers are avoiding the mud but trampling the crops. Olly Harrison farms on Merseyside and has footpaths across the farm. At at the moment they’re muddy, so people are avoiding the mud by walking across his crops, which, as he explains, isn’t ideal.
    A coalition of food experts has called for three quarters of the Welsh population's recommended daily intake of veg to be grown in Wales by 2030, to reduce reliance on imports and fight climate change while boosting the rural economy.
    There were concerns that a lack of vets would lead to Brexit export delays. James Russel, the President of the British Veterinary Association, says so far that hasn’t been an issue.

    Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 11 min
    16/01/21 Farming Today This Week: EU exports, Emergency Sugar Beet Pesticides, Sea Shanties

    16/01/21 Farming Today This Week: EU exports, Emergency Sugar Beet Pesticides, Sea Shanties

    The Scottish Government is calling on Westminster to pay compensation to food companies caught up in what it describes as a ‘catastrophic’ post-Brexit export situation. Fish and shellfish firms in particular have faced delays getting exports to the EU. Some are warning they may go out of business after consignments arrived in France rotting. Meanwhile the Scottish Fishermen's Federation has written to the Prime Minister saying some boats aren't putting to sea while others are landing their catch in Denmark to avoid the delays.

    We discuss the Government's controversial decision to allow sugar beet growers to use an EU-banned neonicotinoid pesticide. Farmers used to use the seed coating to prevent the aphid-transmitted virus yellows disease from spreading, but since it was banned, yields have been severely affected. The Labour party and more than 40 wildlife and environment groups are calling on the Government to reverse it's decision to give emergency authorisation for it's use this year.

    Plus it could be a sign of how much we're missing those get togethers during this lockdown, but the age-old traditional sea shanty has gone viral on the popular video app Tik Tok.

    Presented by Charlotte Smith
    Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

    • 25 min
    15/01/21 Salmon not going to the EU, Pigs in China, Lockdown diary

    15/01/21 Salmon not going to the EU, Pigs in China, Lockdown diary

    The Scottish Government is demanding compensation from Westminster for food companies caught up in what it calls the ‘catastrophic’ export situation.
    All this week we are looking at farming around the world - and today we turn to China, and pigs.
    During the first lockdown we heard from a variety of people across rural Britain, and now we are catching up to see how they’re coping with this lockdown. For hospitality businesses it's all be particularly hard. Today we hear from Emie Hawkshaw, the landlady at The Winterbourne, a pub in Wiltshire.

    Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 13 min
    14/01/21: Office for Environmental Protection, Sugar beet treatment, African locusts

    14/01/21: Office for Environmental Protection, Sugar beet treatment, African locusts

    Leaving the EU means it’s all change for the legal framework we use to protect the environment. In England there’ll be a new independent regulator called The Office for Environmental Protection to ensure government and businesses don’t break environmental laws. Yesterday it's new Chair, Dame Glenys Stacy addressed concerns from environmental groups who are worried the organisation might not have the right powers or resources to do its job properly at a stakeholder conference.

    This week there’s been some very vocal opposition to the government’s decision to allow sugar beet growers a temporary relaxation in the law to let them use a neonicotinoid pesticide that’s banned across the EU. Farmers say they need it to control ‘virus yellows disease’ but environmental campaigners argue it’s harmful to pollinators and is banned for good reason. Today we hear from researchers at the John Innes centre, who have just secured funding to develop a 'vaccine-type' solution for the virus.

    We drop in on mixed-organic farmers Cate and George Bennett in Oxfordshire to see how the business has changed over the past year during Covid restrictions.

    And as we continue our week looking at international farming we go to East Africa, to find out how farmers are coping with swarms of locusts that are devastating crops.

    Presented by Caz Graham
    Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

    • 13 min
    13/01/21: EU exports, Farming in Brazil, School egg producers

    13/01/21: EU exports, Farming in Brazil, School egg producers

    Ports around the country are feeling the strain as exports from the UK into the EU are facing extra paperwork. Time-sensitive consignments such as fish and shellfish are being delayed. Some Scottish fishermen are being told to tie up their boats and stop working, because there is no prospect of their catches getting into EU ports in time. Meanwhile we hear from livery owners who say they too are facing difficulties shipping high-value horses into Europe.

    All this week we are taking a closer look at agriculture internationally and the issues facing farmers around the world. Today we head to Brazil and hear from an indigenous farmer who has set up a reforestation project planting more than a million trees. He says there is particular concern at the moment with plans to develop more new roads into the rainforest.

    Plus egg producers who normally supply schools say this latest school shutdown may result in hens having to be culled, as they attempt to re-distribute their eggs to where they are needed.

    Presented by Anna Hill
    Produced in Bristol by Natalie Donovan

    • 13 min

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Very interesting

Even if you're not a farmer yourself and don't live in the UK, you can learn a lot about farming and countryside. Thank you. Agnès from France

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