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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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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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Episodes
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Farm to Fork Summit 2.0, Rishi Sunak's food security index, Is pig sector recovery all porky pies?, technology helps overcome challenging season, charity sheep shearing

5/17/2024
In this episode, we run the rule over Defra's new food security index – will it really mean a better deal for British farmers? We get the lowdown on Rishi Sunak's second Farm to Fork Summit – and ask whether the Prime Minister's garden party for food producers will achieve anything? Is it positive for pigs? An upbeat Pig and Poultry Fair suggests the sector is on the road to recovery. But is it enough to see off shadows on the horizon? How technology is helping to optimise farm margins in a challenging year for arable growers and livestock farmers. The two pieces of technology mentioned in this item are the free Ruumi grazing app and Yagro's crop tracker software. We’ve got our regular market roundup and the latest commodity prices. And we meet the female farmer who hopes to shear more than 400 sheep in 24 hours for charity – despite having had 11 knee operations. To go along and support Rosie Hazlewood during her sheep shearing challenge – or simply to make a donation, please visit her Facebook page. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick with additional reporting by Phil Case. 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.

Duration:00:38:16

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Defra pledges more support to secure farming future, Transition Live 2024, Cambridge University farm, fertiliser markets, environmental services, & circular dairy economy

5/10/2024
In this episode, Defra secretary Steve Barclay promises more support for farmers following a challenging wet winter and spring. Mr Barclay made the pledge in a keynote speech at the Farmers Weekly Transition Live event in Cambridgeshire on Thursday, 9 May 2024. This episode of the Farmers Weeky Podcast was recorded on location at the event – held at Cambridge University's Park Farm, Madingley. More than 400 visitors attended Transition Live, aimed at helping secure a profitable and sustainable future for farm businesses. Co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Farmers Weekly arable correspondent Louise Impey, with additional reporting by Abi Kay and Charlie Reeve. 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.

Duration:00:37:42

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Farm safety concerns, AHDB levy board future, dairy prospects, market prices, & worm charming revival

5/3/2024
In this episode, industry leaders voice concern after the Health and Safety Executive says it will no longer take a pro-active approach to farm safety. It's been a sticky few year's for farming’s levy board. So what's next? We meet Graham Wilkinson, the new chief executive at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. Milk prices keep climbing – but what about the different dairy sectors? We’ve our regular market roundup and a look at all the latest commodities And we find out how farmers are encouraging a worm charming revival. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Sandy Kirkpatrick, with additional reporting by Charlie Reeve. 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.

Duration:00:30:57

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£30k fundraiser for injured farmer, Red Tractor confidence vote, Scottish livestock marts, beef sector future, & Agrikel trailer safety gauge

4/26/2024
In this episode, well-wishers raise more than £30,000 for a farmer who sustained life-changing injuries in an workplace accident. It comes amid pleas for growers and livestock producers to take extra care as they try to catch up on fieldwork delayed by the wet spring. If you would like to help out after hearing Tim Parton's story, you can do so by making a donation to the Tim Parton Rehabilitation Fund. Bosses at the Red Tractor farm assurance scheme face calls for a vote of no confidence in their management. What happens next? We've the latest market prices – and we visit Scotland to look at livestock marts, where we get the low-down on trade. We look at the future for beef production – and discover the opportunities to be had from using software to measure performance. And we learn about trailer safety, with a little help help from a simple but effective gadget: the Agrikel towing eye gauge. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Sandy Kirkpatrick, with additional reporting by Philip Case, Abi Kay, Charlie Reeve and Michael Priestley. 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.

Duration:00:43:22

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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

4/19/2024
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

Duration:00:31:24

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

4/11/2024
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.

Duration:00:38:47

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

4/5/2024
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.

Duration:00:29:04

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

3/29/2024
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.

Duration:00:32:31

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Emergency podcast: Defra restricts land going into flagship green scheme

3/25/2024
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: Arable AllianceAssociation of Independent Crop ConsultantsCeres 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.

Duration:00:17:42

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

3/22/2024
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.

Duration:00:37:23

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Gene-edited crops to be grown by farmers in England, water management as wet weather continues, commodity prices, & porn MP launches farming podcast

3/15/2024
In this episode, we find out how farmers in England are set to be the first in Europe to grow gene-edited crops. We discover how water management is helping UK farmers ride out the wet winter weather into spring. We’ve our regular market round-up – and all the latest commodity prices. And we get the low-down on new podcast by Somerset farmer and former MP Neil Parish – who resigned as a politician after watching porn in parliament. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick. 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.

Duration:00:34:08

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Farmers Weekly Question Time: Rothamsted Research

3/10/2024
Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – the Farmers Weekly Question Time event at Rothamsted Research in Hertfordshire. Recorded in front of a live studio audience, farmers, students and other guests quiz industry leaders on topical agricultural issues. Our panel is: Climate change minister Lord Benyon Victoria Vyvyan, president of the Country Land & Business Association Rothamsted Research scientist Jonathan Storkey Charlie Ireland, farm business consultant, Ceres Rural Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate & Hertfordshire farmer Stuart Roberts Sponsored by The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture, Lightsource BP, plant breeder KWS and Lantra, this Question Time event was recorded on Thursday, 22 February 2024. With grateful thanks to Rothamsted Research for providing the venue for this event. Hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker. To attend future FW Question Time events, visit fwi.co.uk/questiontime.

Duration:01:22:17

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What the spring budget means for your farm business, farm protests, commodity prices, & farmers row Atlantic for charity

3/8/2024
In this episode, we find out what the last spring budget before the general election means for your farm business. NFU president Tom Bradshaw says direct action by farmers in England isn't necessary to get their message across. We've our regular market round-up – and all the latest commodity prices. And we speak to the farmer who rowed across the Atlantic to raise money for charity. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick. Additional reporting by Farmers Weekly news editor Philip Clarke. 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.

Duration:00:33:23

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Growers abandon waterlogged crops, Welsh farm protests, market prices, & farmer's signed picture raises money for Ukraine

3/1/2024
In this episode, farmers are taking land out of production because wet weather and rising costs mean planting crops is just too risky. We find out what they are doing instead. Protests escalate in Wales as growers and livestock producers say government policies for agriculture will destroy their livelihoods. We've our regular market round-up – and all the latest commodity prices. And we speak to the farmer who is raising money for Ukraine with a picture signed by President Zelensky and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick. Additional reporting by Farmers Weekly news reporter Matilda Bovingdon and chief reporter Phil Case. 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.

Duration:00:33:01

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Rishi Sunak unveils support package for farmers, Lib Dems promise £4.2bn for agriculture, 'reset moment' for NFU leadership, & what the public really think of farming

2/26/2024
In this episode, UK prime minister Rishi Sunak takes to the stage at the NFU annual conference to unveil a £220m support package for farmers. The Liberal Democrats go further – promising £4.2bn for agriculture if they win the forthcoming general election. We've all the latest market prices – and we find out what the general public really think about farming. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick. Additional reporting by 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.

Duration:00:31:26

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NFU president Minette Batters stands down, 'Judge us on Red Tractor outcome' says successor, latest market prices, time management on the farm, & nutrient density tool

2/20/2024
In this episode, as farmers leader Minette Batters prepares to stand down, we reflect on her time as NFU president. Essex farmer Tom Bradshaw, who is set to replace Ms Batters, asks farmers to judge the NFU on the outcome of the Red Tractor farm assurance review. We find out about how a Scottish beef producer is benefiting from focusing on good time management on the farm. We've our regular market round-up – and all the latest commodity prices. And we meet the man who is is measuring nutrient density – and discovering out what makes food healthy. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick. Additional reporting by Phil Case, Michael Priestley and Louise Impey. 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.

Duration:00:41:31

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Thousands join Welsh farm protest, Scottish farmers seek profitable future, market prices, soil guru Jay Fuhrer, & Big Farmland Bird Count

2/12/2024
This week, thousands of farmers rally at Carmarthen livestock mart to protest against Welsh government policies for agriculture. Farmers and crofters attending the NFU Scotland annual conference in Glasgow give their thoughts on ways to secure a sustainable and profitable future. At the Base UK conference in Nottingham, USA-based soil health guru Jay Fuhrer gives his advice to British farmers who want to 'turn the dial' on carbon. And we look at how you can take part in this year's Big Farmland Bird Count. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick. Additional reporting by Debbie James, Phil Case and Louise Impey. 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.

Duration:00:31:47

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Should UK farmers join European protests? Spring seed shortage, wet weather woes, Welsh 'land clearances', award-winning YEN wheat crop, & Let's Farm Foundation

2/1/2024
In this episode, we discuss whether UK farmers should take to the streets following protests by French and German growers and livestock producers., We look at the impact of the wet weather on spring cropping decisions – and how growers might overcome a shortage of spring seed. The Welsh government is accused of pursuing an environmental policy which could see livestock and farmers leave the land. How should you respond? We speak to the Lincolnshire farmer who won a Yield Enhancement Network award after growing a 16.6t/ha winter wheat crop. We've our regular market round-up – and all the latest commodity prices. And we find out how a new scheme is getting youngsters into dairy farming – ahead of this month's DairyTech event. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick, with additional reporting by Emma Gillbard, Shirley Macmillan, Phil Case and 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.

Duration:00:36:58

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Farmers Weekly Question Time: Great Yorkshire Showground

1/29/2024
Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – the Farmers Weekly Question Time event at the Great Yorkshire Showground. Recorded in front of a live studio audience, farmers, students and other guests quiz industry leaders on topical agricultural issues. Our panel is: Defra minister Robbie Moore MP Sophie Thoup, head of agriculture and sustainable sourcing for Morrisons Guardian journalist Robyn Vinter Efra committee chairman Sir Robert Goodwill MP Fera Science executive director Andrew Swift Sponsored by The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture, Lightsource BP and GSC Grays, this Question Time event was recorded on Thursday, 11 January 2024. With grateful thanks to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the Future Farmers of Yorkshire for providing the venue for this event. Hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker. To attend future FW Question Time events, visit fwi.co.uk/questiontime.

Duration:01:18:41

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LAMMA 2024, call for Red Tractor resignations, market prices, bull beef using less barley, & bell-ringing farmer raises money for charity

1/26/2024
In this episode, we find out what's hot and what's not with thousands of farmers at the LAMMA machinery show in Birmingham. Red Tractor bosses face a call to resign as growers and livestock producers say the farm assurance scheme is too onerous and delivers little benefit. We've our regular market round-up – and all the latest commodity prices. We meet the Yorkshire livestock producer generating bigger profits by using less barley to finish his beef bulls. And we go bell-ringing with the Worcestershire farmer diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, who is raising money for charity. This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Scottish farmer Sandy Kirkpatrick, with additional reporting by 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.

Duration:00:34:53