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The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

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The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

    23/10/21 Farming Today This Week: Trade and Agriculture Commission, New Zealand trade deal, rural post offices, apples

    23/10/21 Farming Today This Week: Trade and Agriculture Commission, New Zealand trade deal, rural post offices, apples

    The Government finally launches its new Trade and Agriculture Commission to scrutinise new trade deals. Is it up to the job?
    We ask what does the UK get out of the proposed New Zealand trade deal. Will it mean a flood of cheap new Zealand lamb?
    On Wednesday the Chancellor will announce his spending review and campaign groups have written asking for support for rural post offices to continue.
    It's apple harvest time. We hear from farmers on a shortage of pickers and how they store their fruit.

    Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 25 min
    21/10/21 Agriculture in the Government's Net Zero Strategy and COP26, apple pickers and storage

    21/10/21 Agriculture in the Government's Net Zero Strategy and COP26, apple pickers and storage

    As MPs throw out Lords' amendments to the Environment Bill and the Government's Net Zero Strategy looks thin on farming content, we ask will agriculture get the attention it deserves at COP26.
    We're talking apples all this week and today we hear from a farmer who's turned to family, friends and Facebook this year to find pickers, and hear how growers store their fruit, chilled for up to a year.

    Presented by Caz Graham and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 13 min
    20/10/21 Nitrogen fixing peas, rural post offices, deer collisions, cider apples

    20/10/21 Nitrogen fixing peas, rural post offices, deer collisions, cider apples

    Artificial fertiliser prices are at an all time high - so farmers are being encouraged to use the power of nitrogen-fixing plants such as peas and beans. They take nitrogen from the air in the soil and fix it in nodules on their roots to feed to the plant.
    It’s a week till the Chancellor announces his spending review and campaign groups have written asking for support for rural post offices to continue. The Government currently provides a £50 million subsidy to support 4,000 post offices including 3,000 rural branches. But the subsidy is due to end in March 2022, and rural groups are asking for an extension.
    Countryside rangers are warning that herds of deer are more likely to be moving across roads during rutting season.
    All this week we’re talking about apples. Today we hear from a third generation cider and perry maker in the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire.

    Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 13 min
    19/10/21 Calls for unused poultry visas to be reallocated to red meat, labour shortage for apple harvest

    19/10/21 Calls for unused poultry visas to be reallocated to red meat, labour shortage for apple harvest

    A third of temporary visas for turkey workers is still unallocated - we hear calls for them to be reallocated to the red meat sector.
    We hear why the poultry industry want the temporary visa scheme to be agreed again for next Christmas.
    Labour concerns are still current in the fruit industry too. All week we’re talking about apples: it’s the height of harvest now and compared to 2020, picking time at in Gloucestershire is two weeks later.

    Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

    • 13 min

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