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The latest news about food, farming and the countryside

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Episodes

30/01/23 Welsh Agriculture Bill; Rural poverty; Giant Hedge.

1/30/2023
The Welsh Government should add more clarity to the bill bringing in the ‘made for Wales’ agriculture policy. That's according to the Senedd’s Economy, Trade and Rural Affairs Committee which has scrutinised the bill, making 50 recommendations. It paves the way for a new Sustainable Farming Scheme - SFS - which is expected to come in 2025. It will pay farmers for efforts to protect and enhance Wales' scenery, environment and wildlife as well as good farming practice. We speak to the...

Duration:00:11:36

Farming Today: 30/01/23 Welsh Agriculture Bill; Rural poverty; Giant Hedge.

1/29/2023
Senedd reports on Agriculture Bill in Wales, rural poverty, and a giant hedge.

Duration:00:11:00

28/01/23 FTTW: Land use, Defra secretary, fishing week

1/28/2023
Farming and the environment with the Defra Secretary, Therese Coffey. How should we use our land? With competing priorities of housing, solar farms, food production and woodland to name but a few, who decides? We hear from Sir Charles Godfray, director of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University. And research on abuse of migrant labour within the fishing industry. Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

Duration:00:25:08

Farming Today: 28/01/23 FTTW: Land use, Defra secretary, fishing week

1/27/2023
Farming and the environment with the Defra secretary, Therese Coffey.

Duration:00:27:00

27/01/23 - Defra minister on new environmental schemes; Fishing

1/27/2023
The secretary of state for the environment, Therese Coffey, has visited a farm in Berkshire to sell the updated version of the SFI - the Sustainable Farming Incentive which will pay English farmers to do good things for the environment, such as maintaining hedgerows or improving soil. It's the first tier of the Environmental Land Management Schemes - ELMs - which offer farmers payments for public goods, rather than direct subsidy, the BPS payments, as has been the case under the EU's CAP....

Duration:00:13:34

Farming Today: 27/01/23 - Defra minister on new environmental schemes; Fishing

1/26/2023
The Defra secretary on the sustainable farming incentive; and pressure on fishing waters.

Duration:00:13:00

26/01/23 - The Scottish hunting ban, more detail on English farm payments, rural buses, abuse in migrant fishing crews

1/26/2023
The Scottish Government says its Hunting with Dogs Bill, passed by MSPs this week, will end illegal hunts by closing a loophole in the law. It aims to prevent packs of dogs chasing and killing wild mammals, such as foxes and hares. But animal rights organisations say the provision of a licencing scheme leaves a loophole, while land managers say the change is unnecessary and impractical. The government is clamping down on the abuse of fishing crews; so says the fishing (and farming) minister...

Duration:00:13:38

Farming Today: 26/01/23 - The Scottish hunting ban, more detail on English farm payments, rural buses, abuse in migrant fishing crews

1/25/2023
Loopholes on the Scottish hunting ban are being closed, but the arguments continue.

Duration:00:13:00

25/01/23 25/01/23 Burning heather on peatlands; Fishing apprenticeships

1/25/2023
A new study has found that small-scale burning of heather on peatlands can be beneficial to ground nesting birds, and the peat itself. The practice of burning heather has been controversial - it's sometimes supported by managers of grouse-shooting moorland, but opposed by many conservationists. The study will span 20 years and is now half way through. It compares three different management techniques - controlled burning, mowing, and no-management. We speak to Associate Professor Andreas...

Duration:00:13:26

Farming Today: 25/01/23 25/01/23 Burning heather on peatlands; Fishing apprenticeships

1/24/2023
New report says controlled heather burning can benefit peatlands. Fishing apprenticeship.

Duration:00:13:00

24/02/2023 Fishing labour and visas; Land use and land values.

1/24/2023
All week we're taking a closer look at the UK's fishing industry. It was supposed to be a major beneficiary of Brexit. However fishing fleets across the country say although they can now catch more fish overall, current conditions mean they are still struggling. We report from Fraserburgh Fish Market where fishermen say one of the biggest problems they face is staff shortages. Scottish fishing boats were forced to leave 15 thousand tonnes of small haddock in the sea last year due to a...

Duration:00:13:41

Farming Today: 24/02/2023 Fishing labour and visas; Land use and land values.

1/23/2023
Fishing visas and labour shortages. Land prices and land use and communities.

Duration:00:13:00

23/01/23 Land use strategy & fishing industry.

1/23/2023
How should we use our land? With competing priorities: housing, solar farms, food production and woodland to name but a few - who decides? Sir Charles Godfray, director of the Oxford Martin School at Oxford University, suggests that an apolitical body should look at land use, which he says will change as within a decade many processed meat products will be made with plant based meat substitutes. Disputes about sustainability and conservation, worries about attracting enough workers, and the...

Duration:00:11:28

21/01/2023 Farming Today This Week: Report into mass shellfish deaths; Second homes; Rural crime; Fertilisers.

1/21/2023
Fishermen on England's North East Coast say they're no further forward after an independent panel of scientists concluded there is no one clear cause of the deaths of thousands of crabs in the area. Fishermen blamed dredging at Teesside for releasing chemicals which killed the crabs but the panel considered that 'exceptionally unlikely' and believe it may be a pathogen. Cornwall Council has approved plans for second home owners to be charged double the council tax. And if they leave those...

Duration:00:24:52

19/01/23 Rural crime: farmer using tyres to stop joyriders in breach of planning; OEP report; companion cropping for soil health

1/19/2023
The planning laws stopping a farmer from protecting his land from joyriders and criminals. ‘Must do better’; that's what the Office for Environmental Protection says today in a new report about how the Government’s getting on with its 25-year plan to improve the environment. We’re talking fertiliser all this week and bought-in fertiliser has a massive price tag for farmers at the moment, so there’s growing interest in finding ways to reduce reliance on it. For livestock and mixed farmers...

Duration:00:13:39

18/01/23 Livestock rustling and diesel theft; Fertiliser

1/18/2023
A farmer who's lost two bulls believes thieves targeted his farm, in an attempt to take the animals for meat, for the black market. NFU Mutual says livestock theft has cost around £2.5 million over the past 12 months. They say the cost of living crisis is pushing up crime, and theft of diesel has more than doubled in the past year. The importance of fertiliser around the world has been highlighted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Russia is a top exporter of fertilisers and the chemicals used...

Duration:00:14:33

17/01/23 Northern Ireland border posts, Drone sprayer, Liquid Fertiliser

1/17/2023
The UK government is taking over the building of control posts at Northern Irish ports. The Northern Ireland department of agriculture, or DAERA, was to be in charge of both building the posts and carrying out inspections of agri-food products going from Britain to Northern Ireland under the protocol set up as part of Brexit. However UK ministers say as there is no functioning NI government, DEFRA will now take over. Auto Spray Systems has been granted the UK's first license to spray...

Duration:00:15:02

16/01/23 Mass shellfish deaths; Deer count, Fertiliser

1/16/2023
The row over what's caused the deaths of large numbers of crabs and lobsters on England's North East coast rumbles on. On one side are the region’s fishing fleets and families – on the other are supporters of multi-million pound work to redevelop the South Bank of the River Tees – the site of Teesside’s Freeport. The government’s chief scientific advisor has been drafted in to try to get to the bottom of it. Last year the Scottish Government accepted a string of recommendations focused on...

Duration:00:13:29

13/01/23 Floods; Trucks to Ukraine; Muck spreaders.

1/13/2023
Farmland on the Somerset Levels is flooded, but farmers say they feel everyone's better prepared than in 2014 when floods wreaked devastation on homes and businesses. They say the Environment Agency has been more pro-active installing extra pumps, rivers are not so silted and sluice gates are in operation. However, they say it will be vital to pump water off the farmland where it's collected, in case the rain continues. Also they say farmers whose fields are used as temporary reservoirs,...

Duration:00:15:35

12/01/23 Hare coursing; insects, food and pesticides; daffodil-picking robot

1/12/2023
It's peak season for illegal hare coursing, with Lincolnshire Police investigating reports of more than 27 incidents in the county in just one weekend. The illegal practice, where dogs are set off in fields to chase hares, is often bet on, and Lincolnshire is one of the areas most frequently targeted by coursers due to its flat, rural nature. But Lincolnshire's specialist Rural Crime Unit says updated legislation is helping police reduce the amount of hare coursing in the county. As part of...

Duration:00:13:24