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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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    Seasonary instead of Veganuary?

    Seasonary instead of Veganuary?

    This week on Over The Farm Gate, Jez Fredenburgh chats to John Pallagi, co-founder of Farmison, about his call for 'Seasonary' instead of Veganuary and a possible 'unseasonal food levy'.

    It's January and that means Veganuary again, when thousands of people try to cut out meat and dairy for the month in the same of a healthier and more sustainable diet. But could there be better, alternative messages to achieve a healthy and sustainable diet? One that better embraces what the UK's landscapes and natural resources offer? Jez Fredenburgh talks to John Pallagi, a former restauranteur and now co-founder of Farmison, an award-winning online butcher, about his call for 'Seasonary' instead of Veganuary and a possible 'unseasonal food levy'. Jez also catches up with Liam Byrn, head of marketing at AHDB about the levy board's current campaign about how UK produced meat and dairy can be part of a healthy and sustainable, balanced diet, and gets tips on how farmers can have good conversations with consumers about this subject.



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    AHDB’s We Eat Balanced campaign has returned with a new TV advert, to promote reputation of British meat and dairy. Find out more here: https://www.fginsight.com/news/ahdbs-tv-ad-returns-to-promote-reputation-of-british-meat-and-dairy-124879



    Farmers drown out vegan campaign with pro meat messaging, in a bid to combat anti-farming messages spread by Veganuary activists this month. Read more here: https://www.fginsight.com/news/farmers-drown-out-vegan-campaign-with-pro-meat-messaging--115798



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    A helping hand and a listening ear - how rural charities are helping farmers facing tough times

    A helping hand and a listening ear - how rural charities are helping farmers facing tough times

    This week on Over The Farm Gate, we’re talking to The Farming Community Network and the Addington Fund about how farmers and those in the farming community can access support.

    There’s a lot going on in the world right now, from global political instability and climate change, to everyday challenges like rising living costs including rents. And then if you’re a farmer, input costs are high, and we are most definitely going through a very big industry change. Some of this is undoubtedly going to bring opportunities and hopefully positive shifts. But if you’re feeling a bit stressed and worried, or in a pickle in some way, then you’re probably not alone. To find out more about how farmers and those in the farming community can access support, Jez Fredenburgh talks to two farming charities - the Farming Community Network (FCN) which offers a whole range of support including a confidential helpline, and the Addington Fund, which offers affordable or emergency housing, and more recently help to match new entrants with a farm. Jez kicks off the episode though by talking to Micky, a former farmer in her 70s, who was struggling to afford somewhere to live after her husband died and found that she wasn’t on the farm tenancy agreement. Micky now lives in a house owned by the Addington Fund, and she also received help from FCN and RABI.



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    Last chance for Midlands farmers to apply for £10,000 environmental grant. Find out more here: https://www.fginsight.com/news/last-chance-for-midlands-farmers-to-apply-for-10000-environmental-grant-124949



    See how AHDB’s Farm Business Review service is helping one Wiltshire farmer add value to his farming operation. Read more here: https://www.fginsight.com/news/ahdb-service-helps-add-value-to-farm-operation-in-biggest-agricultural-transition-124517



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    • 32 min
    Paying farmers to go green – the rising trend of corporate sustainability incentives

    Paying farmers to go green – the rising trend of corporate sustainability incentives

    This week on Over The Farm Gate, we’re talking about the growing trend towards corporate sustainability incentives – a form of incentivisation, perhaps a scheme, that a buyer brings in to encourage a farmer supplier to adhere to a set of sustainability criteria. Jez Fredenburgh talks to Rich Clothier, MD of Wyke Farms, which back in November, announced that it would be introducing its own incentivised scheme for its dairy farmers, where it would pay them up to 1p/litre if they met a set of five sustainability goals. Jez also talks to NFU vice president and mixed farmer, Stuart Roberts about where things currently stand with such schemes, what he thinks of them (including the Wyke one), and if we're likely to see more on the horizon.



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    Read about how supermarkets are looking to demonstrate the sustainability of their own supply chains: https://www.fginsight.com/news/supermarkets-navigate-climate-friendly-retailing-123611



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    • 32 min
    At home with The Yorkshire Shepherdess – writing, farming, and cooking Christmas lunch daily

    At home with The Yorkshire Shepherdess – writing, farming, and cooking Christmas lunch daily

    This week on Over The Farm Gate, Jez Fredenburgh joins The Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen, in her cosy living room (via Zoom), to talk about her latest book 'Celebrating the Seasons', a collection of photos of life at Ravenseat farm, plus Amanda's most well-used and 'forgiving' recipes. Along the way, Amanda talks about all sorts of things, including; how with nine children, every day feels like cooking Christmas lunch; the life lessons she hopes her kids learn from growing up on one of the UK's most remote farms; what motivates her to keep pushing forwards (multiple books, a TV show, guest speaker, and large social media presence, as well as farm 1,000 sheep); how her attitude towards food has changed since she became a farmer; and what she'd say to young women wanting to enter the industry. She also divulges where she keeps her secret chocolate stash, and what they all ate when stuck with no power during Storm Arwen.



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    Look back at an article from International Women’s day, ‘Women’s achievements in farming need celebrating’: https://www.fginsight.com/blogs/in-your-field-kate-rowell---womens-achievements-in-farming-need-celebrating-118107



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    • 44 min
    Festive farming: Trees, turkeys and seasonal diversification

    Festive farming: Trees, turkeys and seasonal diversification

    As Christmas approaches, this week on Over The Farm Gate we talk to the farmers providing the Christmas staples.

    Turkey farmers have had more than their fair share of challenges this year, with labour shortages, avian influenza and uncertainty over Covid-19 restrictions over the festive period.

    Sadie Lynes talks to us about providing the Christmas tree for 10 Downing Street.

    And we take a look at what farmers need to consider before starting a seasonal diversification project.



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    Read more about supply chain issues leading up to Christmas: https://www.fginsight.com/news/supply-chain-issues-and-covid-19-make-christmas-unpredictable-124300

    Shoppers can find their local turkey producer by putting their postcode into the NFU Turkey Finder. Find out more here: Find out more here: https://www.fginsight.com/news/buy-christmas-turkeys-direct-from-farm-on-buymyturkeyday-124309






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    • 16 min
    Farmgate prices rise: But where do they need to reach?

    Farmgate prices rise: But where do they need to reach?

    With milk prices rising but input costs soaring, Kite Consulting’s John Allen talks to us about the latest trends in the marketplace and what might happen in the dairy industry over the coming months.

    And getting in the festive spirit, we catch up with AHDB senior retail insight manager Kim Malley on how consumers may behave as they look to celebrate Christmas in style following lacklustre festivities in 2020.


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    Milk prices to soar upwards in the new year! Find out more here: https://www.fginsight.com/news/milk-prices-to-soar-upwards-in-the-new-year-124458


    Read more about Robert Wiseman’s first ever signed dairy producer who handed in his notice to Muller, claiming it is no longer ‘economically viable’ for his business to supply the dairy. https://www.fginsight.com/news/mullers-business-model-branded-a-failure-for-direct-producers-as-prominent-farmer-resigns-124455






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