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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  • 31 Jan 15: Dairy

    Sat, 31 Jan 15

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    Anna Hill meets a dairy farmer diversifying into bottling his own milk and making his own cheese, against the background of a dairy industry in crisis

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  • 27 Jan 15: Dairy

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

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    The Farming minister George Eustice talks from the council of EU ministers in Brussels and says that better times are ahead for UK dairy farmers.

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  • 26 Jan 15: Fracking

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

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    A group of MPs is calling for a moratorium on fracking - the controversial method of extracting shale gas from rock. And we take a closer look at the dairy industry.

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  • 24 Jan 15: Machinery

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

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    Farming Today This Week explores the world of agricultural machinery and finds out who is parting with thousands of pounds to invest in the equipment.

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  • 30 Jan 15 Supermarket fines?

    Fri, 30 Jan 15

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    With Charlotte Smith. The Government has confirmed that supermarkets could be fined millions of pounds by the Groceries Code Adjudicator, if they're found to have treated suppliers unfairly. The measure will be put through Parliament in the next few weeks. The Chairman of the troubled dairy processor First Milk, Sir Jim Paice, tells Charlotte Smith that he's confident the farmer-owned business has a future. Vegetable oil from GM Camelina plants has been successfully trialled as a feed for farmed Salmon. The scientists developing the crop say the oil provides essential long chain Omega 3s which are currently supplied by, unsustainable, fishmeal.

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  • 29 Jan 15: Fracking

    Thu, 29 Jan 15

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    A moratorium on fracking is announced for Scotland until more research has been carried out. Farmers in West Scotland call for investment in processing for their milk.

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  • 28 Jan 15 Scottish Tenant Farm Reforms

    Tue, 27 Jan 15

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    Radical reform proposals aimed at revitalising tenant farming in Scotland have been announced. Scottish farming minister, Richard Lochhead, explains why. Also the overhaul of TB testing system in England and Wales. And the creation of F4U, Farmers for the Upland, speaking up for upland farmers in Wales. We hear from The Vegan Society, which supports food production which doesn't involved animals. They say the dairy industry is damaging and that we'd be better off without it. Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Mark Smalley.

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