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    Farming without diesel? And a young female engineer tackles gender bias in ag

    Farming without diesel? And a young female engineer tackles gender bias in ag

    A flippant remark, or a hint that the Government is set to unveil a serious plan for cutting fossil fuel use?



    That is the question many farmers have been asking after Defra Minister Lord Benyon claimed diesel would not be used on-farm in 15 years’ time. FG’s chief reporter Abi Kay speaks to Martin Lines, UK chair of the Nature Friendly Farming Network, and Mark Coulman, national chair of the Tenant Farmers Association to ask if it’s feasible to say diesel will be gone by 2035, and if so, what kind of support will be needed to help farmers make the transition.

    And as our #FarmingCAN campaign takes a look at how British agriculture can be a leader in science and technology and why consumers have such a misunderstanding of the innovation being used everyday, we catch up with Charlotte Budgen, 20, who is one of the faces of Tomorrow's Engineers Week. She tells our reporter Hannah Binns about her career journey into agricultural engineering to date, which stemmed from a Girls Into Engineering visit to Bristol University and a love for all things practical.

    Currently studying her level three in land engineering at Bicton College, Devon, Charlotte also talks about what it was like being the only girl on the engineering site and how gender should not pose a barrier to anyone interested in pursuing a career within the sector.






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    Students showcased their climate-smart farming inventions at the House of Commons this week, read more here: https://www.fginsight.com/news/children-showcase-climate-friendly-farming-inventions-in-house-of-commons-124199


    Find out more about how #FarmingCAN is working to address public’s ‘old fashioned’ perception of farming: https://www.fginsight.com/news/farmingcan-working-to-address-publics-old-fashioned-perception-of-farming-124207



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    Machinery Theft - what’s being done to tackle it.

    Machinery Theft - what’s being done to tackle it.

    This week on Over The Farm Gate, we hear all about the scourge of machinery thefts and what is being done to tackle it.



    Lucy Baxter went out on the rural beat with Lancashire police’s south rural task force to find how their efforts have recovered more than £1million of kit in the past six months alone.
    The South Lancashire Rural Task Force wants to hear from farmers to help build the relationship and trust between them and the police.
    These task forces, set up in March 2021, are specifically to tackle rural crime, from stolen machinery to wildlife offences.
    The South Rural Task Force has just finished a successful road show of South Lancashire, where they security marked over £800,000 of farm machinery including around 50 GPS units.
    The team of 4, based in Ormskirk, covers a total of 600 square miles of South Lancashire up to the Manchester border.



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    Farmers voice psychological toll of rural crime, read more here:
    Find out more about the Ag society that teaches kids about food and farming: https://www.fginsight.com/news/farmers-voice-psychological-toll-of-rural-crime-121484



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    Alison O’Neill – A one woman hill farm

    Alison O’Neill – A one woman hill farm

    This week on Over The Farm Gate, Farmers Guardian features editor Emily Ashworth speaks to Alison O’Neill, about how she found her way back to agriculture.



    Over the years we have seen a decline in hill farms, and they have certainly come under a lot of scrutiny. This podcast is the successful story of one woman and how she has managed to create a thriving and diverse business from her 70-acre hill farm in the Yorkshire Dales. Sustainability and the positive use of wool is a key topic, plus the establishment of a fibre flock, a flock for wool rather than meat.



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    Read about another successful farming business in one of the country’s most remote places: https://www.fginsight.com/vip/couple-set-up-successful-farming-business-on-scottish-croft-123725



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    Inside the global seed vault

    Inside the global seed vault

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re looking at another way in which agriculture is looking to adapt to the changing climate and ensure food security for generations.



    Genetic diversity of our food crops is not something that has been talked about at COP26. But it should have. Because it’s going to be a critical tool to help farming adapt to climate change, to prevent widespread crop disease, and ultimately to ensure our food security. Safeguarding this diversity for future generations is a job currently done by 1,700 seed banks around the world. Overseeing all of these with support, is The Crop Trust, the only international organisation tasked with ensuring humanity conserves the world’s crop diversity for future generations. It also operates the Global Seed Vault in Svalbard, Norway - the ultimate back-up bank for all the other seed banks in the world, with capacity to store 2.5 billion seeds! Jez Fredenburgh talks to Hannes Dempewolf, a senior scientist at The Crop Trust, about where the world is right now with crop diversity, how farming can make use of it, and what the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is really like...



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    Read Thomas Carrick’s blog about why we must show that pasture fed food is good for the nation: https://www.fginsight.com/blogs/in-your-field-thomas-carrick---we-must-show-that-pasture-fed-food-is-good-for-the-nation-123737


    Read more about plant-based croissant ‘has a higher carbon footprint than a bacon roll’: https://www.fginsight.com/news/cop26-plant-based-croissant-has-a-higher-carbon-footprint-than-a-bacon-roll-123707



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    Vertical farms - do they stack up?

    Vertical farms - do they stack up?

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re discussing vertical farms and finding out if they are really better for the planet?

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    Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson on how to make a success of farming without a farming background

    Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson on how to make a success of farming without a farming background

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re catching up with the Red Shepherdess Hannah Jackson.



    Hannah Jackson is well known in the industry for making a success of farming regardless of having no background in the sector.
    Years later, with a best selling book under her belt and countless TV appearances, she tells Farmers Guardian about this next chapter in her life, her focus for the future of her farm, and why she will continue to be an advocate for women in farming.




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    Read more about Hannah Jackson and why her passion for farming is stronger than ever: https://www.fginsight.com/vip/hannah-jackson-and-her-life-in-farming-as-soon-as-you-speak-about-women-in-farming-theres-a-backlash-straight-away-123322


    Women now make-up the majority of students studying agriculture at Aberystwyth University, a record first in the institution’s history. Find out more: https://www.fginsight.com/news/careers-special-female-students-trump-males-for-first-time-at-aberystwyth-university-123452


    Find out more about the Ag society that teaches kids about food and farming: https://www.fginsight.com/vip/ag-society-teaches-kids-about-food-and-farming---children-think-you-can-buy-food-in-a-packet-from-the-supermarket-123145



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