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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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Over The Farm Gate podcast is brought to you by Farmers Guardian and the CLA.
For over 100 years the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has sought to champion, protect and enhance the rural economy. Today, the CLA represents 30,000 businesses across England and Wales, presenting innovative ideas to government and providing practical support and advice to members. With unrivalled expertise and lobbying influence, the CLA can help support your business through these difficult times.

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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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Over The Farm Gate podcast is brought to you by Farmers Guardian and the CLA.
For over 100 years the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has sought to champion, protect and enhance the rural economy. Today, the CLA represents 30,000 businesses across England and Wales, presenting innovative ideas to government and providing practical support and advice to members. With unrivalled expertise and lobbying influence, the CLA can help support your business through these difficult times.

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    Mental Health in Farming

    Mental Health in Farming

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we're talking about mental health.
    Following on from last week - Mental Health Awareness Week - we've caught up with the people at the forefront, tackling this huge issue for the farming industry and wider rural community. 
    Suzy Deeley from RABI talks to Jez Fredenburgh about the strains farmers are facing, and the impact Coronavirus is having on fundraising and consequential social interaction.
    Did you know there was 6,507 deaths in the UK in 2018 by suicide? Whilst this may be an uncomfortable fact, Emma Picton Jones of the DPJ Foundation believes we should be talking about it more. Emma is joined by Philip Wilson of the Farming Community Network (FCN), to discuss the signs of struggling mental health, who's suffering right now, and what help is available right now.
    Share the load, and keep well.
    More help is available at our dedicated Farmers Strive to Thrive mental health hub. 
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    Coronavirus: eating habits and the Agriculture Bill

    Coronavirus: eating habits and the Agriculture Bill

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we're talking about food supply - imports, standards, purchasing and eating.
    As the Agriculture Bill returned to Parliament and an amendment which would have banned low standard food imports from entering the UK was voted down, FG’s chief reporter Abi Kay gives her verdict.
    Kim Malley and Steve Evans from AHDB’s consumer insight team discuss how the nation’s shopping and eating habits have changed on lockdown, and whether the trends are here to stay. We then dive deeper into one category – red meat – to look at how things are playing out on farm and in the marts. Giving his insight is Neil Wilson, executive director, Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland. 
    Rural tourism businesses may have been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic but the green shoots of recovery are on the horizon. We ask Victoria Vyvyan, CLA Vice President, what the Government needs to do to help the sector bounce back.
    When North Yorkshire farmer David Newhouse was taken into hospital after contracting Covid-19, leaving his wife alone lambing their flock of 240 Cheviot Mules, his friend Sam Stables came to the rescue. 
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    Coronavirus: British producers adapting to thrive

    Coronavirus: British producers adapting to thrive

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we're talking food.
    It’s now eight weeks since the Coronavirus lockdown, and for some it has brought a completely new way of living and working. For a lot of farming businesses though, the soaring demand for British produce has brought commercial opportunities, with numerous producers up and down the country turning to direct selling. We're finding out how businesses have been adapting and not only staying afloat, but thriving. 
    Writer and regenerative agriculture organiser Cathy St Germans talks about 'Farms to Feed Us', a project to put farms selling direct onto a publicly-available database. Since launching on April 4, the database has had more than 260 farms added and over 8,000 views. 
    Jonny Crickmore, a dairy farmer near Bungay, in Suffolk, sells his Baron Bigod cheese all over the UK from delis to restaurants and even Harrods. Jonny tells the story of an initial plunge in sales where he had to furlough his staff and consider dumping his cheese. Since then though, things have turned a corner and he's been selling more cheese on lockdown than at Christmas time. 
    Patrick Deeley, is a mixed farmer near Godstone in Surrey with multiple enterprises, including a farm shop, butchers, tearoom and Surrey's largest annual summer beer festival. Patrick's shop saw a ten-fold increase in sales from panic-buying customers before he decided to shut it and move online. He talks about the opportunity farming has right now to connect with consumers and how he hopes his festival will go ahead and give everyone some hope and joy. 
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    • 38 min
    Coronavirus: farm payments, agri-tourism and Brexit

    Coronavirus: farm payments, agri-tourism and Brexit

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we're talking money.
    When the Government announced its unprecedented lockdown measures, restricting people’s movement and closing businesses, many farm diversification businesses were forced to shut their doors. To see how farmers are coping, Abi Kay speaks to North Yorkshire B&B owner Christine Ryder. Martyn Dobinson, partner at accountants Saffery Champness, gives us the low down on the Government support available to help rural businesses to stay afloat.
    With Coronavirus prompting the extension of deadlines for BPS and Countryside Stewardship applications, we ask if farm payments are likely to also be delayed, when the window opens in December. Looking ahead beyond the pandemic, we question if the crisis will also force the Government to delay the Brexit transition period, to allow businesses to get back on their feet before direct payments are phased out. We speak to ex civil servant and head of policy and advice at the CLA, Judicaelle Hammond.
    A video of three-year-old Barley Brook Sellar showing her Border Leicester ewe Ethel at the first Online Agricultural Show has caused an internet storm. Barley was showing her sheep as part of young handlers class for children under eight years old at her family home in Norfolk. The video has been viewed more than 1.5 million times. Watch the video and see all the show results at fginsight.com/shows.
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    Coronavirus: recruiting the food army

    Coronavirus: recruiting the food army

    This week on Over The Farm Gate, we're talking labour. 
    Growers across the UK face serious challenges to keep the nation fed, whilst balancing training an influx of British workers when social distancing.
    We speak to farmers at the forefront of the recruitment crisis and find out how they’re working to address the shortfall in the workforce, plus we hear about the extraordinary journeys some workers are taking to get here.
    Thanks to James Porter of East Scryne Farm, Chair of NFU Scotland Horticulture committee and Mark Bowyer, Herbfresh and Wealmoor for sharing their stories. 
    Sixth generation farmer, Katie Willey, 17, is on a mission to educate the public about where their food comes from and her social media campaign is already gaining support from the wider industry. She tells us why she started the initiative and how she’s hoping to make an impact. 
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    • 42 min
    Coronavirus: getting food from field to fork

    Coronavirus: getting food from field to fork

    This week on Over The Farm Gate we're talking food.
    We're discussing how the red meat industry is affected by and dealing with Coronavirus, getting British produce from field to fork.
    AHDB and Quality Meat Scotland Analysts Duncan Wyatt and Stuart Ashworth tell us about the current red meat market dynamics, and how the industry is trying to counter the drop in beef prices.
    British Meat Processors Association boss Nick Allen talks about the challenges faced in the processing sector, and measures factories have introduced to ensure they observe social distancing.
    Farmer and National Beef Association trustee Neil Shand touches on the issue of beef imports and the importance of working with retailers at such a critical time.
    Also on the table is food security - the physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food. What will be the impact and implications of the current pandemic on our food security and resilience of our future food systems?
    Prof Chris Elliot, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, at Queens University, Belfast, talks about how the Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of UK food security and what this tells us about how things need to change.
    We also ask Susan Twining, the CLA’s Chief Land Use Policy Adviser, what this means for the upcoming Agriculture Bill and its focus on land use and the environment.
    With many positive examples demonstrating how the farming community rallying together, we speak to two young farmers who herded their sheep to spell out 'NHS', in their own special tribute to key health workers on the front line.
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