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

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

    How green paint combats crime in the countryside, Liz v Rishi - who will be best Prime Minister for UK agriculture, sheep breeding sales. youngstock conference, & farming friends swim Lake Geneva for charity

    How green paint combats crime in the countryside, Liz v Rishi - who will be best Prime Minister for UK agriculture, sheep breeding sales. youngstock conference, & farming friends swim Lake Geneva for charity

    In this episode, we examine why criminals are returning to the countryside – sparking a 40% increase in rural theft – and what farmers can do about it.

    Are you ready for Rishi? Or do you want Liz for leader – we ask growers and livestock producers  who should be the UK's next Prime Minister?

    On the markets... we head to one of the season's first sheep breeding sales at Thame.

    We hear from farmers and vets at the first ever national youngstock conference, held at Harper Adams University in Shropshire.

    And we meet the group of friends raising money for charity – by swimming the length of Lake Geneva in memory of a Norfolk farmer.

    You can sponsor Sam Steggles and his friends who are raising money for the Brian Cross Memorial Trust by clicking here.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with additional reporting by Andrew Meredith and Charlotte Cunningham.

    • 46 min
    Why Defra uncertainty is bad for agriculture, what farmers can do about it, Australia-UK trade deal, UK cereal prices, £150k classic tractor, Auction Torque podcast, & harvesting wheat with a hedge trimmer

    Why Defra uncertainty is bad for agriculture, what farmers can do about it, Australia-UK trade deal, UK cereal prices, £150k classic tractor, Auction Torque podcast, & harvesting wheat with a hedge trimmer

     In this episode, lack of detail about government plans for agriculture  is denting farmer confidence to invest in their businesses.

    Defra farm minister Victoria Prentis says farmers must learn to live with uncertainty – despite calls for clarity on farm policy.

    We examine the  UK's first post-Brexit trade agreement – why isn't the Australia-UK trade deal being scrutinised by parliamentary debate?

    We've all the latest commodity prices – and find out why so many  cereal growers missed out on cashing in at the top of the market.

    We visit the vintage farm machinery auction and get ringside where a classic County tractor sells for a whopping £150,000.

    And we harvest wheat with a hedge-trimmer on a London allotment.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with additional reporting by Andrew Meredith and Ed Henderson.

    • 50 min
    40.3°C - Hottest UK harvest ever: field fires, combusting combine harvesters and overheated grain, MPs launch inquiry into ELMs, Straw - chop or bale?, why cows are too big, & Royal Welsh Show

    40.3°C - Hottest UK harvest ever: field fires, combusting combine harvesters and overheated grain, MPs launch inquiry into ELMs, Straw - chop or bale?, why cows are too big, & Royal Welsh Show

    In this episode, the hottest harvest ever – how was it for you? 

    We have a full report, including field fires, overheating grain and an interview with the farmer where the UK temperature reached a record-breaking 40.3 degrees.

    As MPs launch an inquiry into the government's Environmental Land Management scheme  (ELM) for England, we ask: is it delivering for farmers?

    On the markets, we've all the latest commodity values. And a special look at straw. With fertiliser prices so  high, should you chop or bale this summer?

    Dairy cows – are we breeding them too big? Why smaller cows could be more efficient.

    And we pay a special visit to the Royal Welsh Show.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and FW acting deputy livestock editor Charlotte Cunningham.

    Additional reporting by Farmers Weekly livestock editor Rhian Price.

    • 48 min
    Heatwave latest: Too hot to harvest? Farm accidents, Farm Safety Week, mental health, #BiteIntoBritish, & the Great Yorkshire Show.

    Heatwave latest: Too hot to harvest? Farm accidents, Farm Safety Week, mental health, #BiteIntoBritish, & the Great Yorkshire Show.

    In this episode, with the UK heatwave set to see temperatures climb towards a record-breaking 40ºC, we ask could it simply become too hot to harvest?

    As the latest farm fatality figures are released, we look ahead to Farm Safety Week – and the 10th anniversary of the Farm Safety Foundation.

    On the markets, we examine why commodity prices have eased so much in the past month.

    Farming – it's a stressful job often involving long hours often working alone. So are we doing enough to look after our mental health?

    And we join the crowds and the livestock classes – at the Great Yorkshire Show.
    This episode is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey Farmer Hugh Broom with Farmers Weekly senior livestock reporter Michael Priestley.

    • 47 min
    Special Episode: How plant breeders are keeping pace with changes in the environment

    Special Episode: How plant breeders are keeping pace with changes in the environment

    Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – brought to you in association with plant breeders Limagrain UK.
    Rising input costs, market volatility and climate change all mean more robust wheat varieties are increasingly sought after.
    Better genetics mean better performance – agronomically as well as financially – both in the field and in the marketplace.
    Farmers Weekly arable correspondent Louise Impey went to Suffolk in search of the perfect package when it comes to winter wheat.

    • 19 min
    Heatwave warning for crops and livestock, young farmers combat rural crime, UK cereal harvest progress and market prices, land-use strategy for England, & Katsu Curry Oats

    Heatwave warning for crops and livestock, young farmers combat rural crime, UK cereal harvest progress and market prices, land-use strategy for England, & Katsu Curry Oats

    In this episode, hot weather has prompted heat stress warnings for UK crops and livestock –  we look at the options for farmers.

    Young farmers join forces to combat rural crime in Cumbria – how a new initiative to reduce farm theft could be rolled out across the country.

    On the markets, as the UK cereal harvest continues, we've all the latest commodity prices for crops and livestock.

    How much UK farmland do we need? Why politicians are looking at a land-use strategy for England. And what we can learn from the Netherlands.

    And how a new healthy convenience food  is creating a new market for UK farmers – Katsu Curry Oats.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.

    • 45 min

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