Farming Today

Farming Today

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, Farming Today goes out every weekday on Radio 4 at 0545 (14 minutes)and at 0630 on Saturdays (25 minutes).

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Recent episodes (6)

  • 28 March 2015: Political debate

    Sat, 28 Mar 15

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    Charlotte Smith chairs a panel debate about the relationship between politics and rural life, with extracts from interviews with spokespeople from the various political parties.

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  • 27 March 2015: Red Tractor labelling scheme; Politics: Liz Truss' farming priorities

    Fri, 27 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    Consumers express confusion about the meaning of the Red Tractor food labelling scheme. And Environment Secretary Liz Truss lays out her farming priorities.

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  • 26 Mar 15: Rural Payments system

    Thu, 26 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Charlotte Smith questions Environment Secretary Liz Truss over her handling of a new, online-only system for farmers to claim European subsidy payments.

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  • 25 March 2015: Strong Pound Bad News For Farmers?

    Wed, 25 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    A strong pound and zero inflation rate present challenges for British farmers. Norfolk Wildlife Trust looks ahead to improving sea defence measures.

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  • 24 March 2015: Horsemeat scandal Sentencing, Politics & Lupins

    Tue, 24 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    Two men are sentenced in the first cases connected to the Horsemeat scandal in 2013. Research finds that the lupin is a credible alternative to soya as feed for livestock.

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  • 23 Mar 15 Questions demanded over RPA

    Mon, 23 Mar 15

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    Labour MP and shadow secretary of state for the Environment Maria Eagle calls for more honesty from the government over the future of the sidelined new Rural Payments Scheme. Anne McIntosh is the Chairperson of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs committee. They'll be questioning both the Rural Payments Agency and DEFRA ministers on Wednesday about the RPA's computer problems. Anne says its a good time to rethink how the government roll out future IT systems when there are still gaps in England's broadband coverage. BBC Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones tells Charlotte Smith that the government has run in to some big problems before with this sort of roll out.All week Farming Today will be talking to the main government parties about their rural agenda ahead of Mays general election, today its the turn of the Liberal Democrats Dan Rogerson. Presented by Charlotte Smith. Produced in Bristol by Ruth Sanderson.

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