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Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and UK farmer Hugh Broom discuss the biggest news in agriculture, available every Friday.

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Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and UK farmer Hugh Broom discuss the biggest news in agriculture, available every Friday.

    Carbon markets, soil health, Sustainable Farming Incentive launch, grass in arable rotations, does regenerative agriculture stack up? & Groundswell 2022

    Carbon markets, soil health, Sustainable Farming Incentive launch, grass in arable rotations, does regenerative agriculture stack up? & Groundswell 2022

    In this episode, we spend two days at Groundswell 2022 – the UK's biggest farm event for regenerative agriculture.

    Also known as conservation farming, regenerative agriculture is all about looking after the soil and improving biodiversity – as well as producing food.

    But how does it stack up financially?

    The government's Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) aims to reward arable farmers and livestock producers  in England who prioritise soil health.

    We speak to Defra secretary George Eustice, as he announces the SFI launch date – and we ask him whether the scheme is ambitious enough.

    We look at how growers can benefit from introducing grass into arable rotations, get the latest on carbon markets and look at a project to reduce farm paperwork.

    To help with the  farm paperwork project, visit www.farmadminsurvey.co.uk.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Farmers Weekly arable correspondent Louise Impey.

    Recorded entirely on location at the Groundswell event – held on 22-23 June 2022 at Lannock Manor Farm, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, UK.

    • 46 min
    New blackgrass herbicide, food strategy verdict, latest commodity prices, farming in New Zealand and Ukraine, & Women in Food & Agriculture

    New blackgrass herbicide, food strategy verdict, latest commodity prices, farming in New Zealand and Ukraine, & Women in Food & Agriculture

    In this episode, the pick the bones out of the government's long-awaited national food strategy for England.

    Has it been worth waiting for? Will it help deliver a better future for food and farming? Or is it – as critics suggest – a disappointment?

    We give our verdict on a 'game-changing' new herbicide to tackle some of the UK's most challenging grassweeds – including blackgrass and ryegrass

    On the markets, we find out why there has been a sudden dip in arable prices.

    We pay a visit to New Zealand, where farmers are improving their environmental credentials – and discover why it matters for UK livestock producers.

    And we learn how women are the driving force behind Ukraine farmers following the Russian invasion earlier this year.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with FW arable correspondent Louise Impey and FW machinery reporter Matilda Bovingdon. 

    • 56 min
    Fertiliser plant closure, agri-innovation funding, farm robots (again), sugar beet price talks, farmland market, and how to host the Cereals event

    Fertiliser plant closure, agri-innovation funding, farm robots (again), sugar beet price talks, farmland market, and how to host the Cereals event

    In this episode, we investigate the impact on fertiliser prices as a major manufacturer confirms plans to close one of its UK sites.

    Government minister Jo Churchill promises lots of new money for agri-innovation – but will it make a difference to farmers?

    Could we be about to see a big price increase for sugar beet growers? And with ag-inflation soaring, will it be linked to rising input costs?

    On the markets, land sales get busier and prices increase.

    And we find out what it's like being the host farmer for the Cereals event.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom – including on location at Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

    • 45 min
    Robot tractors, input costs, rural crime, labour shortages, access to water, beef prices, food banks, & Queen's Platinum Jubilee

    Robot tractors, input costs, rural crime, labour shortages, access to water, beef prices, food banks, & Queen's Platinum Jubilee

    In this episode, we look at ways to overcome some of the biggest challenges facing UK growers and livestock producers.

     Could robot tractors help farmers overcome high input costs and labour shortages?

    How can growers best secure access to a fair share of water? And what about rural crime, fly-tipping and hare-coursing?

    On the markets, as cattle numbers tighten beef prices are converging across the UK, Ireland and the European Union.

    We meet the UK charity working with farmers and foodbanks to help stop less well-off people from going hungry

    And we're on farm lighting a beacon to celebrate the Queen's platinum jubilee.

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

    • 50 min
    Farm input costs are priority for Efra committee chairman, science and gene-editing, bovine tuberculosis vaccination, & Icelandic-style yoghurt production

    Farm input costs are priority for Efra committee chairman, science and gene-editing, bovine tuberculosis vaccination, & Icelandic-style yoghurt production

    In this episode – farmer and MP Robert Goodwill outlines his priorities as chairman of the committee which scrutinises the government's farming policies for England.

    A new group calls for science to lead the debate when making farm policy decisions.

    On the markets, we have all the latest commodity prices.

    New rules make it easier to vaccinate badgers against bovine tuberculosis.

    And we visit the Yorkshire dairy farm making Icelandic style yogurt.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom with Farmers Weekly acting deputy livestock Charlotte Cunningham

    • 47 min
    River dredging court case, latest farm contractor rates, Beef Expo preview, wool prices, AHDB ballot results, & Big Farmland Bird Count

    River dredging court case, latest farm contractor rates, Beef Expo preview, wool prices, AHDB ballot results, & Big Farmland Bird Count

    In this episode, a Herefordshire farmer pleads guilty to damaging the River Lugg – after undertaking unauthorised river maintenance work.

    Was the work necessary? Or did it cause needless environmental damage? We look at both sides of the story – and ask what happens next?

    Ag-inflation is forcing agricultural contractors to increase their prices. What should you be paying for fieldwork and other farm jobs?

    On the markets, we look at this year's Beef Expo event. And as shearing gets under way, we find out the latest prospects for wool.

    We run the rule over the results of the ballot which decides how the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board will spend your levy money.

    And we find out why the Big Farmland Bird Count is a good barometer of the work farmers do to look after the countryside and environment.

    This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey Farmer Hugh Broom with FW chief reporter Phil Case.

    • 45 min

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