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All rural life is here: daily news of food, farming, the countryside and the environment with analysis and context from the BBC's experts in the field. Presented by Anna Hill and Charlotte Smith.
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All rural life is here: daily news of food, farming, the countryside and the environment with analysis and context from the BBC's experts in the field. Presented by Anna Hill and Charlotte Smith.




Grain exports post-Brexit, Local food, Cleaning solar panels

The farming industry body, the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, is warning that British arable farmers may find it hard to export their grain after Brexit. It says the UK will struggle to compete with other grain-producing countries like Ukraine and Russia on the world market. We hear from the National Association of British and Irish Flour Millers. as well as the AHDB. Farming Today continues its week-long look at farming and education - with a visit to a primary school in...

Duration: 00:13:29

Nestle on health and the environment, the true cost of food, farm school education, rural village halls

Global food producer, Nestle, is tracking its own impact on the environment and public health, but doesn't want to talk about obesity. A new report from the Sustainable Food Trust claims that food costs twice as much as we pay for it. It says that for every pound we spend on something to eat, hidden costs of another pound are passed on. We visit a school in West Sussex which has its own farm with livestock very much at the heart of its curriculum. One of over one hundred such schools in the...

Duration: 00:13:34

Animal sentience clause rejected from EU Repeal Bill, avian flu vigilance, schools on farm, thermal imaging

Animal welfare supporters claim failure to class animals as 'sentient beings' in UK law must be changed before Brexit. A farmer is pioneering the use of a thermal imaging camera to dramatically cut the amount of antibiotic he uses on his animals. The National Farmers' Union Chief Poultry Advisor says farmers and people with backyard flocks must stay alert to the risk of avian flu. We visit the Farmlink schools' project in Somerset which aims to help pupils find out about the environment, the...

Duration: 00:13:40

Farming Today This Week: Tenant Farmers

It's estimated that around five million hectares of farmland in the UK is looked after by tenant farmers. In this programme Caz Graham visits a couple farming on the Lancashire/Cumbria border. They have beef cattle and sheep on 900 acres of land - but spread across several sites, and with four separate landlords. She learns about the extra challenges posed by having to drive forty miles to reach the opposite ends of your farming business, and the frustrations of short-term contracts. We also...

Duration: 00:25:03

Electric tractors, sheep milk and agriculture in schools

India's first electric tractor is being launched in the sub-continent with a pledge to introduce it to the UK within 18 months. Tractor sales in India are a multi-billion pound industry and the region is regarded as the largest market for farm vehicles in the world. Innovative cheese-makers looking for new business are turning to sheep milk. There are only a handful of producers in Wales who use milk from ewes at the moment but they say it's creamier than cow or goat's milk, which makes it...

Duration: 00:11:39

The Future of Fishing, New Welsh farmers and Milestones.

Today MPs launch an inquiry into the future of the UK fishing industry, with the emphasis on the impact of Brexit. At the same time a report by the think tank the New Economics Foundation predicts a bleak outcome for some coastal towns with small fleets. But it's not a view that's shared by the National Federation of Fisherman's Organisations which says leaving the EU will bring more opportunities. There are concerns about a shortage of young farmers taking up a scheme for new entrants...

Duration: 00:13:44

Post-Brexit agricultural policy, Apprenticeships, Cormorants

All this week were looking at tenant farming and today we visit the Tenant Farmers association conference in Stonleigh, Warwickshire. Farming Minister George Eustice talks about future farm policy, and says that soil health will be at the heart of post-Brexit farm support. To find out how this might work in practical terms we speak to soil expert Dr Ulrich Schmutz from the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience in Coventry and MP Rebecca Pow. How prepared for the future is the...

Duration: 00:13:40

Building in AONBs, Scottish tenancies, Pollinators, Army farriers

The Campaign to Protect Rural England publishes a report today, which identifies an 82% rise in the number of housing developments being built in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty - despite their protected designation. Anna Hill asks why it's happening, and what the protected status actually means. Recent reports show a massive decline in pollinating insects, including bees. But what if they could be replaced by insects which also help pollination, but aren't under such threat? Anna Hill...

Duration: 00:13:41

Farming Today This Week: Farming in Scotland

Farming Today This Week's summer series, shining a light on food and farming practices in different regions of the UK, finishes up in Scotland - more specifically, at the bustling Lairg lamb sale. Nancy Nicolson soaks up the atmosphere and chats to auctioneer David Leggat, who's sold lambs at the site for decades, about the current market for sheep farmers and buyers; John Fyall, chair of the National Sheep Association in Scotland about industry's dependence on European markets and recent...

Duration: 00:24:52