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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.

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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London, United Kingdom

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BBC

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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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English


Episodes

Global Agriculture

10/21/2017
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Charlotte Smith chairs a studio discussion about the biggest challenges and opportunities facing the world's farmers. On the agenda is how to move towards sustainable farming systems and zero hunger, the threat of climate change and how to empower the world's smallholder farmers. On the panel: Mark Driscoll, Associate Director of Sustainable Nutrition at Forum for the Future; Dr Betty Chinyamunyamu, CEO of the National Smallholder Farmers' Association of Malawi; and David Gardner, CEO of...

Duration: 00:25:04


France and glyphosate, Slurry in Northern Ireland, Agricultural biodiversity

10/20/2017
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Glyphosate is the world's most popular weed-killer, and many farmers say it's vital for growing crops. But it is controversial... In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer said it was "probably carcinogenic to humans". But subsequent reports from, among others, the European Food Safety Authority, decided it was "unlikely" to cause cancer in humans. This has delayed glyphosate's re-licensing in Europe, and its permission is due to run out in December. Some countries are keen to...

Duration: 00:13:41


Africa's farming revolution, NFU plan for post-Brexit agriculture policy, Black Mountains grant

10/19/2017
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Africa's population is set to double by 2050 - and that growing market has many international farmers rubbing their hands in glee, as it holds huge potential for exporters of meat, dairy and processed foods. But in Africa, there is talk of revolution: a complete agricultural transformation, tapping into the production potential of 41 million smallholders, farming some of the most fertile soils in the world. Governments, NGOs and the private sector are committing millions of dollars to the...

Duration: 00:13:43


US secretary of agriculture, EFRA Committee reports, haricot beans

10/18/2017
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This week on Farming Today, we're taking a look at the issues impacting farming around the globe, from food security to sustainability. One of the biggest players in global agriculture is the United States: but as a country that has so many diverse agricultural systems in play, what's the right way forward for the food and farming sector? Charlotte Smith put the question to the US Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue. Select Committees are cross-party groups of MPs that aim to hold the...

Duration: 00:13:41


No trade deal post-Brexit, climate report, forest management, slurry spreading restrictions in Scotland

10/17/2017
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The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has stirred up the agricultural community by saying if the UK left the European Union with no trade deal and the cost of food were to rise, to compensate UK farmers would "grow more here, and buy more from around the world". A new report just published claims that changing farming practices across the world could produce the same benefits as stopping burning oil. We visit two forests in Sussex, established after the Great Storm of 1987, to see how the...

Duration: 00:13:39


The President of the World Farmer's Organisation Theo de Jager interviewed on the UN's World Food Day

10/16/2017
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On the UN's World Food Day, and as farming ministers from around the world reflect on the weekend's G7 Agriculture talks, Farming Today hears from the President of the World Farmer's Organisation Theo de Jager. It's 30 years since the devastating storm that killed 18 people, destroyed millions of trees and caused a billion pounds worth of damage. Farming Today meets a farmer who was there, and then Caz Graham asks the Woodland Trust what has been learnt since about protecting our vulnerable...

Duration: 00:11:45


Farming Today This Week: Farming in Scotland

8/19/2017
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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