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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

    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
    23/07/21 - New field sports coalition, Upland meadows, Seed demand

    23/07/21 - New field sports coalition, Upland meadows, Seed demand

    The Game Fair takes place this weekend at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. Caz Graham talks to Tim Bonner from the Countryside Alliance about the anticipation ahead of the event, and about the launch of a new coalition of rural, shooting and fishing organisations.

    In the last of our reports from meadows across the country, Caz Graham has been to Bowber Head Farm in the Westmorland Dales. It's a fine example of a traditional upland hay meadow, and a Site of Special Scientific Interest managed by the Cumbria Wildlife Trust.

    And we meet seed producers Kate McEvoy and Ben Gabel who run Real Seeds in Pembrokeshire, selling vegetable seeds to small-scale growers and gardeners. They tell Verity Sharp that one unexpected consequence of the pandemic has been that more of us are growing our own veg, and that’s led to a surge in demand for seeds.

    Presented by Caz Graham and produced by Sophie Anton.

    • 13 min
    22/07/21 - Food standards, Exporting mussels, Wildflower meadows, Paramotor landings

    22/07/21 - Food standards, Exporting mussels, Wildflower meadows, Paramotor landings

    The food assurance scheme Red Tractor is set to announce new standards for farmers that are being brought in from the 1st of November. Caz Graham is speaking to Jim Moseley about how farmers will meet these standards and asks what it might mean for consumers. Ewan Murrie meets a bivalve mollusc farmer who is struggling to trade since the Brexit transition period came to an end. Bob Hockenhall takes a walk through a wildflower meadow in Warwickshire to hear about a new project to boost biodiversity. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's Sacha Dench, flying high about the UK in an electric-powered paramotor and she says farmland can provide surprising sources of thermal energy.

    Presenter: Caz Graham
    Producer in Bristol: Toby Field

    • 13 min
    21/07/21 - Badger cull in Northern Ireland, Crop diversification, Water Meadows

    21/07/21 - Badger cull in Northern Ireland, Crop diversification, Water Meadows

    A badger cull could be introduced into Northern Ireland to help stop the spread of Bovine TB. But will it work? A new report has brought together the results of fifty-five thousand experiments about crop diversification. Sybil Ruscoe speaks to the report's author. For Meadows week Rebecca Rooney visits a water meadow in the Thames Valley to hear about the benefit these spaces have on yields, biodiversity and productivity, and Sybil asks farmer Olly Harrison about harvesting in this very hot weather.

    Presenter: Sybil Ruscoe
    Producer in Bristol: Toby Field

    • 13 min

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