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The Farmers Weekly Podcast

English, News, 1 season, 217 episodes, 6 days, 21 hours, 3 minutes
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News, views and analysis for farmers from Farmers Weekly magazine – the weekly publication for the UK agricultural industry. Co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Hugh Broom.
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Emergency podcast: Defra restricts land going into flagship green scheme

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:Farmers Weekly arable correspondent Louise ImpeyAgronomist Andrew Wells of the Arable Alliance and Association of Independent Crop ConsultantsFarm business consultant and independent agronomist George Catchpole of Ceres 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 [email protected]. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.
3/25/202417 minutes, 42 seconds
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Farmers Weekly Question Time: Rothamsted Research

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 BenyonVictoria 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.
3/10/20241 hour, 22 minutes, 17 seconds
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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

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 [email protected]. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.
2/2/202436 minutes, 58 seconds
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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

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 [email protected]. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.
1/26/202434 minutes, 53 seconds
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Farmers Weekly Question Time: Great Yorkshire Showground

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 MPSophie Thoup, head of agriculture and sustainable sourcing for Morrisons Guardian journalist Robyn VinterEfra committee chairman Sir Robert Goodwill MPFera Science executive director Andrew SwiftSponsored 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.
1/16/20241 hour, 18 minutes, 41 seconds
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Farmers Weekly Question Time: Royal Welsh Winter Fair

Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – the Farmers Weekly Question Time event at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair.Recorded in front of a live studio audience at Builth Wells,  farmers quiz industry leaders on topical agricultural issues.Our panel is:NFU Cymru President Aled JonesWelsh Rivers Union founder Kim WatersLlyr Gruffydd MS (Plaid Cymru), North WalesAnne-Marie Harries, Farmers Food At HomeProfessor Glyn Hewinson Sêr Cymru research chair in the Centre of Excellence for Bovine Tuberculosis for Wales, Aberystwyth UniversitySponsored by The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture and Lightsource BP, this Question Time event was recorded on Monday, 27 November 2023.With grateful thanks to the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society for providing the Royal Welsh Showground venue for this event.Hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker. To attend future FW Question Time events, visit fwi.co.uk/questiontime.
12/6/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 30 seconds
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Farmers Weekly Question Time: Newcastle University

Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – the Farmers Weekly Question Time event at Newcastle University.Recorded in front of a live studio audience, farmers, students and other guests quiz industry leaders on topical agricultural issues.Our panel is:Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board chairman Nicholas SaphirLiberal Democrat parliamentary candidate Julia AglionbyNorthumberland & LEAF demonstration farmer John RennerNewcastle University Farms director James StandenFood Newcastle partnership coordinator Ellen HolmesSponsored by The Institute for Agriculture and Horticulture and Lightsource BP, this Question Time event was recorded on Thursday, 19 October 2023.Hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker. To attend future FW Question Time events, visit fwi.co.uk/questiontime.
11/8/20231 hour, 13 minutes, 26 seconds
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Big promises for farmers made by Lib Dems, how to reduce beef input costs, Pickups4Peace send 200 farm aid 4WD vehicles to Ukraine, latest market prices, & UK's first carbon farmer

This week, the Liberal Democrats are making some bold pledges for farming should they form the next government.We find out what it could mean for your farm business – and find out whether the Lib Dems stand a chance of winning the next general election.With livestock farmers battling to keep a lid on costs, we meet the north-east beef producer who has cut inputs by 40%.As Russia's illegal war continues, a Scottish charity founded by farmers delivers its 200th pickup truck full of humanitarian aid to Ukraine.To contact Pickups4Peace, visit www.facebook.com/pickupsforpeace or email [email protected] the markets, we've all the of this week's commodity prices. And what the latest sugar beet price means for growers.And we meet the UK's first carbon farmer of the year,This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with additional reporting by Phil Case and Louise Impey To contact Johann and Hugh, please email [email protected]. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.
10/1/202349 minutes, 21 seconds
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Natural England Anti Farming; Welsh Support Woes; Killer Cows Blog, Beef Price drop , Royal Welsh Preview.

In this episode, we ask does Natural England have a top down anti-farming bias as they roll out new habitat schemes across the country.Welsh Organic producers are concerned they will be shortchanged in the new government support scheme.We ask why is the ex-farm price of beef falling , plus the latest market prices.Killer Cows….Just how many incidents occur involving walkers and cattle, one blog site thinks many incidents are un-reported.Royal Welsh Show Preview…We talk to the show's organiser to find out what this years event has to offer.  This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with additional reporting by Farmers Weekly Deputy Editor Abi Kay.   To contact Johann and Hugh, please email [email protected]. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0
7/22/202353 minutes, 35 seconds
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Police action to tackle rural crime wave, prospects for this year's cereal harvest, how to improve farm profits, red-tape threat to non-assured livestock, & epic combine harvester drive for charity

In this episode, a rural crime wave has seen machinery and high-tech equipment stolen from farms across the country.We ask, what are the police doing about it?With harvest not far off, we get latest advice for growers seeking to get the most from their wheat and barley crops.Tighter enterprise margins mean profits are likely to be down this year. So how can farmers maintain or even increase their income?We look at all the latest commodity prices – and we look at how changes in regulation threaten non-farm assured livestock.And we meet the farmer who drove a combine harvester from John o'Groats to Land's End – raising thousands of pounds for charity.To make a donation to the Combine Challenge, which is raising money for mental health charity Mind, please visit Olly's fundraiser for Mind.This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with additional reporting by Philip Case.To contact Johann and Hugh, please email [email protected]. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.
6/8/202340 minutes, 37 seconds
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Farmers Weekly Question Time: Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester

Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – the Farmers Weekly Question Time event at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester.Recorded in front of a live studio audience, farmers, students and other guests quiz industry leaders on topical agricultural issues.Our panel is:Former Defra secretary Rt Hon. George Eustice MPHertfordshire farmer Jo FranklinProfessor of Rural Policy & Strategy Tom MacMillanCountry Land & Business Association president Mark TufnellBritish Meat Processors Association chief executive Nick AllenChartered rural surveyor and rural commentator Rob YorkeSponsored by Lloyds Bank and AB Agri, this Question Time event was recorded on Thursday, 11 May 2023.Hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker. To attend future FW Question Time events, visit fwi.co.uk/questiontime.
5/18/20231 hour, 34 minutes, 38 seconds
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Warmer weather to follow wet spring, ag-inflation, buying groups, fertiliser prices, carbon-sucking shrubs, sugar beet prospects, & NFU London Marathon runners raise £30k for Farm Africa

This week, it's all about the weather as we cross our fingers in the hope that a cold, wet spring gives way to something a little warmer.As the latest ag-inflation figures are released, we talk the the buying groups who have joined forces to get a better deal for on farm inputs.We meet the Welsh dairy farmer who is growing a carbon-sucking shrub that could help combat climate change.As global sugar prices boom, we look at the prospects for the UK's sugar beet crop – and we've all the latest commodity prices.And we meet the team from the NFU who have raised more than £30,000 for the Farm Africa charity – by running the London Marathon.This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with additional reporting by Phil Case.To contact Johann and Hugh, please email [email protected]. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.
4/28/202352 minutes, 39 seconds
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Farmers Weekly Question Time: John Innes Centre, Norwich

Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – the Farmers Weekly Question Time event at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.Recorded in front of a live studio audience, farmers, students and other guests quiz industry leaders on topical agricultural issues.Our panel is:Shadow Labour Defra farm minister Daniel Zeichner MPConservative MP for Broadland Norfolk Jerome MayhewRed Tractor Assurance chair Christine Tacon CBEJohn Innes wheat geneticist Dr Simon GriffithsNational Pig Association chairman and Norfolk farmer Rob MutimerSponsored by Lloyds Bank and AB Agri, this Question Time event was recorded on Thursday, 20 April 2023.Hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker. To attend future FW Question Time events, visit fwi.co.uk/questiontime.
4/24/20231 hour, 27 minutes, 59 seconds
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Is it time to scrap the Red Tractor? WildFarmed boost for arable regenerative farmers, golden glow for UK sunflowers, & RyanAir boss Michael O'Leary's pedigree beef herd

This week, does the Red Tractor farm assurance scheme still serve its purpose? Or is it time to get rid of it?Red Tractor assurance chair Christine Tacon insists the scheme very much has its place – but concedes that there is room for improvement.We find out how regenerative arable farmers are getting a guaranteed price by almost going organic – with help from the WildFarmed initiative.We've all the latest market prices.  And we discover why more farmers are growing sunflowers this spring.And we talk to RyanAir boss Michael O'Leary– who tells us why he bought a herd of pedigree Angus cattle.This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.To contact Johann and Hugh, please email [email protected]. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.
4/22/202351 minutes, 12 seconds
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NFU leader condemns 'unacceptable behaviour' in UK agriculture, Spring Budget – winners and losers, phosphate fertiliser prospects, market prices, & sibling rivalry at the sheep shearing world championships

In this episode,  farm leader Minette Batters has condemned unacceptable behaviour in UK agriculture – including at work and work-related events.It comes after a woman at last month's NFU conference in Birmingham deliberately avoided sitting near her NFU county chairman so he couldn't “lean all over her.”Other women in agriculture have since come forward saying they too have faced unacceptable behaviour in the workplace.In other news, we examine the prospects for fertiliser and ask:  is the world really going to run out of phosphate – or do we just need to use it better?We've all the latest market prices – and we discover the winner of this week's Commodity Cashback competition.We get the low-down on the UK government's Spring Budget – and find out what it means for your farm business.And we meet the record breaking sheep shearer sharpening the clippers to go head-to-head with his brother at the world championships.This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker with Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with Farmers Weekly deputy editor Abi Kay.To contact Johann and Hugh, email [email protected]. In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.For full terms and conditions for our Commodity Cashback competition, please visit www.fwi.co.uk/commoditycashback.
3/17/202355 minutes, 54 seconds
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Farmers Weekly Question Time: SRUC Oatridge, Scotland's Rural College

Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – the Farmers Weekly Question Time event at SRUC Oatridge, Scotland's Rural College in West Lothian.Recorded in front of a live studio audience, farmers, students and other guests quiz industry leaders on topical agricultural issues.Our panel is:NFU Scotland president Martin KennedyFood safety professor Nicola HoldenScottish government farming & rural policy director George BurgessDairy farmer Sally WilliamsAward-winning environmental author Louise GraySponsored by Bank of Scotland and AB Agri, this Question Time event was recorded on Thursday, 2 March 2023.Hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker. To attend future FW Question Time events, visit fwi.co.uk/questiontime.
3/5/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 53 seconds
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Farmers Weekly Question Time: Harper Adams University

Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – the Farmers Weekly Question Time event at Harper Adams University.Recorded in front of a live studio audience, farmers, students and other guests quiz industry leaders on topical agricultural issues.Our panel is:Defra farm minister Mark SpencerHarper Adams vice chancellor Michael LeeVicki Hird, head of farming at SustainMerseyside farmer and YouTube influencer Olly HarrisonQuestions include:What is the best way to encourage farmers to take part in Defra's Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme?How can the outcomes and value of ELM be measured without any baselining before the scheme starts?With land expensive and finance scarce, what is the best way for youngsters to get into farming?Will trade deals between the UK and other countries be good or bad for the sustainability of UK agriculture?Does the panel agree with the principle that consumers must pay the real cost of food?What should be done to secure UK food production from the loss of agricultural land for large-scale tree-planting projects, including the purchase of family farms for carbon offsetting by large corporations?Is Jeremy Clarkson still a good ambassador for UK agriculture? Or should he be cancelled?Sponsored by Lloyds Bank and AB Agri, this Question Time event was recorded on Thursday, 2 February 2023.Hosted by Farmers Weekly Podcast editor Johann Tasker.
2/5/20231 hour, 8 minutes, 57 seconds
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Special Episode: How plant breeders are keeping pace with changes in the environment

Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – brought to you in association with plant breeders Limagrain UK.Rising input costs, market volatility and climate change all mean more robust wheat varieties are increasingly sought after.Better genetics mean better performance – agronomically as well as financially – both in the field and in the marketplace.Farmers Weekly arable correspondent Louise Impey went to Suffolk in search of the perfect package when it comes to winter wheat.
7/14/202219 minutes, 25 seconds
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Special Episode: Sowing success - prospects for oilseed rape growers this spring

A special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – looking at the prospects for oilseed rape growers this spring.Farmers are returning to oilseed rape – having abandoned the crop due to pressure from cabbage stem flea beetle following the ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments.Some UK growers are learning to live with the pest, say experts – and high rape prices are helping to offset rising input costs, making the crop attractive again.We look at the planted area, as well as the prospects for yields and prices.Interviews and reporting by Hugh Broom and Farmers Weekly arable correspondent Louise Impey.Presented by Johann Tasker and produced in association with plant protection company Corteva.
2/25/202215 minutes, 54 seconds