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Join Farmers Guardian Editor Ben Briggs, and Head of News and Business Olivia Midgley, for weekly thought provoking and lighthearted debate around the key issues affecting farming, food and the countryside right now.
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    Australia-UK free trade deal: What does it mean for farmers?

    Australia-UK free trade deal: What does it mean for farmers?

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we will be discussing the Australia-UK free trade deal. 
    Last week Prime minister Boris Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison reached a broad agreement on terms for a new free trade deal – a deal which has rung alarm bells across the industry. The Government insisted British farmers would be protected by a cap on tariff-free imports from Australia, but it has since emerged that beef and sheep tariffs will be eliminated after 10 years, sugar after eight, and dairy after five. 
    So how will farming businesses be affected and what can the Government do to mitigate negative impacts on domestic producers?  
    With the sheep sector set to be acutely affected, Farmers Guardian business reporter Alex Black caught up with NSA’s chief executive Phil Stocker to hear his concerns. Farmers Guardian, chief reporter Abi Kay speaks to David Swales from AHDB about the beef sector.
     
    Links:
    Read our take on the trade deal with Australia: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/farmers-betrayed-as-uk-prepares-to-offer-free-trade-deal-to-australia-119567
     Read more on the trade deal with Australia: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/farming-concern-as-uk-australia-deal-agreed-in-principle-120184


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    Grain - what's going on

    Grain - what's going on

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re discussing the grain market, sustainability, and what farmers should be focussing on as we head towards harvest. 
     
    There is definitely a more optimistic mood in the air for the prospects of the UK wheat crop. As we head towards harvest, Farmers Guardian business reporter Alex Black speaks to CRM AgriCommodities’ Peter Collier to find out where the market is heading and what farmers should be focusing on.
     
    At the moment, sustainability is a key focus area, not just for agriculture but for the wider business world. To find out the importance of sustainability, Alex speaks to Weetabix Supply Chain; Technical Director, John Petre, who leads the Weetabix Sustainability Steering Group. 
     
    Links: 
    Read our take on the grain market: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/keeping-an-eye-on-the-grain-market---may-27-update-119766
    Find out more about CRM Agricommodities: https://crmagri.com/
    Find out more about Weetabix: https://weetabix.co.uk/

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    Future planning: educating children that #FarmingCAN, and what's next for post-pandemic marts?

    Future planning: educating children that #FarmingCAN, and what's next for post-pandemic marts?

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re back with a #FarmingCAN education and career focus, and a livestock market update.
     
    With prices still well ahead of last year across both the sheep and cattle rings at auction, we’re discussing how marts have played a role in supporting the farming industry throughout the pandemic. 
     
    To find out where the market is heading and how the pandemic has highlighted the value of auction marts, Farmers Guardian business reporter Alex Black speaks to LAA Executive Secretary Chris Dodds and Alastair Brown, Bletsoes – Thrapston and LAA vice-chair.
     
    Following on from last week's episode on diversity in farming, this week we're discussing making farming an attractive career choice. Those within the farming industry know how diverse, dynamic, and forward-thinking it can be and a wide array of roles available. From finance to marketing, science to engineering, and even fashion, the possibilities are endless. But for those with no connection to agriculture, it may not seem so obvious and could seem impossible to break into.
    TV and radio presenter George Lamb joins us to discuss the GROW project that focuses on teaching children the value of food. He caught up with Emily Ashworth to discuss the education system, the future of farming, and how we can get children to think about farming as a career option.
     
    Links: 
    Read our take on auction marts and the pandemic: fginsight.com/news/news/pandemic-highlights-value-of-auction-marts-115776
    Find out more about the Livestock Auctioneers Association: https://www.laa.co.uk/
    Learn more about #FarmingCAN: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan
    Find out more about the GROW project : https://wearegrow.org/

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    Diversity in farming - why we need to change

    Diversity in farming - why we need to change

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re back with part two of our #FarmingCAN campaign series, and this time we are focussing on how farming can deliver rewarding careers.
    Those within the farming industry know how diverse, dynamic, and forward-thinking it can be, however, for those with no connection to agriculture, it may seem almost impossible to break in to.
     
    If you're a farmer, perhaps you're wondering why diversity is important? What's all the fuss about? How can it help your business? And how can you become a better employer that creates an inclusive culture that people from various backgrounds can work and thrive in?
     
    Jez Fredenburgh dives into all of this with help from two people who have broken the mould in multiple ways: Amie Burke is young, female, lesbian, came from an inner-city, and now works to develop farmers' skills at AHDB, and Navaratnam Partheeban, otherwise known as ‘Theeb’, is a person of colour from a non-farming background, who's a qualified farm animal vet and dairy consultant, and champion of diversity in his profession. 
     
     
    Links:
     
    Find out more about the campaign: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan/farmingcan
     
    Read more on making farming an attractive career choice: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan/farmingcan-careers/farmingcan---making-farming-an-attractive-career-choice-119632

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    Talking headlines: Australian trade deal and Defra’s lump-sum retirement payment - what does it mean for UK farmers?

    Talking headlines: Australian trade deal and Defra’s lump-sum retirement payment - what does it mean for UK farmers?

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we will be discussing the UK trade deal with Australia and Defra’s consultation on lump-sum retirement payments and delinking. 
     
    Last week it emerged a zero-tariff arrangement on all products, including beef and lamb was close to being signed off but, farm chiefs are worried this could put British family farms out of business. To find out more about the trade deal and its effect on the farming sector in the UK, Farmers Guardian chief reporter Abi Kay speaks to NFU Scotland president Martin Kennedy and FUW’s head of policy Dr Nick Fenwick.
     
    Abi also speaks to Georgie Styles about Defra’s consultation on a lump-sum retirement scheme and delinked payments in England. Farmers claiming under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in England will soon benefit from a lump sum exit scheme which will offer a payment capped at £100,000, to older farmers to allow them to ‘retire with dignity'. Farm groups have welcomed the long-awaited consultation on a lump sum retirement scheme and delinked payments in England. However, the Landworkers Alliance has expressed ‘grave concerns' about the proposals. 
     
    Links:
    Read our take on the trade deal with Australia: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/farmers-betrayed-as-uk-prepares-to-offer-free-trade-deal-to-australia-119567
     
    Find out more about Defra’s lump-sum retirement payments: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/defra-publishes-consultation-on-lump-sum-retirement-payments-119474

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    Has the plant-based bubble burst?

    Has the plant-based bubble burst?

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re talking about the plant-based sector. Over the last couple of years, the industry has exploded with billions pumped in but, Farmers Guardian has been reporting on one of the big players, Los Angeles-based Beyond Meat, which has seen its share price plummet.
    To find out if the shine has come off the fake meat sector or whether sliding demand since the pandemic is just a blip, Farmers Guardian, deputy editor Olivia Midgley speaks to AHDB consumer insight manager Susie Stannard and US-based Urner Barry market analyst, Andraia Torsiello
    Links:
     
    Read AHDB’s take on the rise of plant-based food products: https://ahdb.org.uk/knowledge-library/consumer-insight-consumer-focus-the-rise-of-plant-based-food-products-and-implications-for-meat-and-dairy
    Urner Barry: https://www.urnerbarry.com/

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