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Inside the biggest news stories impacting UK agriculture - with Johann Tasker from Farmers Weekly and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick. Every Friday.

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    • 4.2 • 6 Ratings

Inside the biggest news stories impacting UK agriculture - with Johann Tasker from Farmers Weekly and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick. Every Friday.

    Clarkson's Farm series 3 preview, red diesel prices, herbal leys – simple or not? Space food – vertical farm in orbit, & farm charity London Marathon runners

    Clarkson's Farm series 3 preview, red diesel prices, herbal leys – simple or not? Space food – vertical farm in orbit, & farm charity London Marathon runners

    In this episode, we dicuss what viewers can expect from the new series of the hit TV show Clarkson's Farm.

    With fuel prices set to rise, we examine the prospects for red diesel.

    Herbal leys – are they really the simple option for livestock producers wanting easy money from the Sustainable Farming Incentive?

    How space food from a vertical farm in orbit could benefit farmers back on Earth.

    And we pull on our sports gear and go for a jog with the farming charity runners taking part in this year's London Marathon*.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Sandy Kirkpatrick with additional reporting by Michael Priestley, Charlie Reeve and Matilda Bovingdon.

    You can contact the Farmers Weekly Podcast by emailing podcast@fwi.co.uk. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.

    * If you would like to make a donation, London Marathon runners and their chosen charities include:

    Edd Mowbray, ABC Communications, Headway, the brain injury association
    Philip Case, Farmers Weekly, Farming Community Network
    Emma Crosby, Jen Cox and Lizzy Milne, NFU, Farm Africa
    Flora Archer, NFU, East Anglian Air Ambulance

    • 31 min
    Defra relaxes flood compensation rule, landlords v tenant farmers, huge solar farm controversy, bumper spring lamb trade, & 60-year-old vintage tractor run

    Defra relaxes flood compensation rule, landlords v tenant farmers, huge solar farm controversy, bumper spring lamb trade, & 60-year-old vintage tractor run

    In this episode, the government relaxes flood compensation rules after one of the UK's worst flood-hit farmers found himself ineligible for payment.

    Tenant farmers call for talks with landowners who want  to take back farmland so they can claim inheritance tax relief.

    We've all the latest market prices – and take a special look at the record-breaking trade in spring lamb this year.

    Plans for a huge solar farm covering 800ha (2000 acres) has divided farmers and rural communities in Wiltshire.

    And we go for a ride with a 60-year-old farm machinery enthusiast on a 60-year-old vintage tractor – all for a good cause.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Sandy Kirkpatrick with additional reporting by Philip Case, Matilda Bovingdon, Charlie Reeve and Georgie Green.

    You can contact the Farmers Weekly Podcast by emailing podcast@fwi.co.uk. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.

    • 38 min
    Emission fears for Scottish beef producers, illegal meat scandal one year on, latest market prices, & farmers share a sauna for mental wellbeing

    Emission fears for Scottish beef producers, illegal meat scandal one year on, latest market prices, & farmers share a sauna for mental wellbeing

    In this episode, beef farmers fear they could be driven out of business by government plans to reduce emissions and improve efficiency.
    A police investigation continues – one year after Farmers Weekly blew the whistle on a food safety scandal involving illegal meat.

    We’ve our regular market roundup and all the latest commodity prices.

    And we visit the farmers who are sharing a sauna to improve their mental wellbeing.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Farmers Weekly deputy editor Abi Kay.

    You can contact the Farmers Weekly Podcast by emailing podcast@fwi.co.uk. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.

    • 29 min
    London tractor protest, illegal meat imports, Pig World, Sustainable Farming Incentive restrictions, & Scottish young farmers ask #AreEweOK?

    London tractor protest, illegal meat imports, Pig World, Sustainable Farming Incentive restrictions, & Scottish young farmers ask #AreEweOK?

    In this episode, farmers drive dozens of tractors through central London and call for a better deal from the Westminster government.

    Why won’t Defra do more to keep illegal meat imports out of the country?

    We’ve more on the government's decision to limit the amount of land entered into its Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme.

    And #AreEWEok? We speak to the Scottish young farmers highlighting the importance of mental wellbeing at lambing time.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick.

    Additional reporting by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Phil Case and Pig World editor Alistair Driver.

    You can contact the Farmers Weekly Podcast by emailing podcast@fwi.co.uk. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.

    • 32 min
    Emergency podcast: Defra restricts land going into flagship green scheme

    Emergency podcast: Defra restricts land going into flagship green scheme

    In this emergency podcast, we get to grips with Defra's announcement placing restrictions on land going into the Sustainable Farming Incentive.

    Under the changes, SFI applicants will only be able to put 25% of their land into six SFI actions that take land out of direct food production.

    The announcement was made by Defra on Monday 25 March 2024 – and applies to new applications to the flagship agri-environment scheme.

    Joining podcast host Johann Tasker to make sense of the Defra announcement and what the restrictions mean for farmers are:
    Farmers Weekly arable correspondent Louise ImpeyAgronomist Andrew Wells of the Arable Alliance and Association of Independent Crop ConsultantsFarm business consultant and independent agronomist George Catchpole of Ceres RuralThe full Defra announcement can be seen here.
    Do catch up with our regular Farmers Weekly Podcast every Friday with Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick,

    To contact Johann and Sandy, email podcast@fwi.co.uk. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.

    • 17 min
    Red Tractor abandons Greener Farms Commitment, big drop in UK cereals area, artificial intelligence in agriculture, market prices, & Farmers' Choir raises £46k for charity

    Red Tractor abandons Greener Farms Commitment, big drop in UK cereals area, artificial intelligence in agriculture, market prices, & Farmers' Choir raises £46k for charity

    In this episode, Red Tractor Assurance abandons plans for farmers to carbon footprint their businesses under its Greener Farms Commitment.

    We find out what growers are doing while waiting to see if the weather will dry up in time to plant spring cereal crops.

    Are agronomists about to become obsolete? We discover how artificial intelligence promises to benefit your farm business.

    And a mass choir of Scottish farmers sings their heart out at Perth Concert Hall - and raises £46,000 for charity.

    You can find out more about the Farmers Choir on their Facebook page.
    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick.

    Additional reporting by Farmers Weekly editor Andrew Meredith, Farmers Weekly arable correspondent Louise Impey, and agricultural journalist Mike Abram.

    You can contact the Farmers Weekly Podcast by emailing podcast@fwi.co.uk. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.

    • 37 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

KaiKai_31 ,

I came for Clarkson Farm Review and Stayed

Listener here, from Colorado, U.S.! I found this podcast by looking up reviews on Clarkson Farm show. I binged it and became deeply interested in UK farming and how it correlates and is different compared to U.S. farming. I love this weekly podcast! They are funny, humble and most importantly to the point on what’s going on in UK farming and trade.

Thanks guys for talking and sharing about what really matters. Our food!

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Just Excellent

I listen from Harare, Zimbabwe and get very useful insights that help me with my farming journey as a millennial (29). Thank you so much to the team behind the production.

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