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 (7)

  • 03 March 2015: Duck farming, Grey squirrel eradication, Mink

    Tue, 3 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

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    A new report from the RSPCA claims that farmed ducks should have access to enough water to stand and splash in. We ask a large-scale duck farmer why his birds don't.

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  • 27 Feb 2015: TB drop, Rare breed beef, Biofuels, Ancient wheat

    Mon, 2 Mar 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

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    A vet has conducted his own analysis of bovine TB figures inside the Gloucestershire cull zone. We ask what his statistics may mean.

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  • 02 March 15 Gangmasters, Rats, Badgers

    Mon, 2 Mar 15

    Duration:
    12 mins

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    The national body set up to monitor and regulate gangmasters is holding its first conference, amid claims that it doesn't have enough funding to adequately protect vulnerable workers. The Gangmasters Licencing Authority was set up in 2004 in the wake of the Morecambe Bay cockle picking disaster, when 23 Chinese workers drowned on the sands. Licenced gangmasters are being asked to comment on a review of licencing regulations.

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  • 28 Feb 2015: Rare breeds

    Sat, 28 Feb 15

    Duration:
    25 mins

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    Rare breed pigs, sheep and poultry are what Charlotte Smith's finding out about at Bicton College in Devon. We hear about genetics and the use of rare breed cattle on upland farms.

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  • 26 Feb 2015: TB vet, Biofuels, Ancient wheat

    Fri, 27 Feb 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

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    A Gloucestershire vet has conducted his own analysis of the impact of the badger cull on cattle and bovine TB. And archaeologists have found that wheat arrived in the UK two thousand years before the introduction of farming here.

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  • 25 Feb 15: NFU Conference; Phil Hogan; Liz Truss

    Thu, 26 Feb 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

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    Volatility and life after farm subsidies is the theme of this year's NFU conference. Anna Hill meets EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan, Environment Secretary Liz Truss and NFU President Meurig Raymond to explore the challenges and potential advantages of life beyond national quotas. Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Mark Smalley.

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  • 26 Feb 15: Farming priorities in UK politics

    Thu, 26 Feb 15

    Duration:
    14 mins

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    We hear from five political parties at the NFU conference in Birmingham. They are setting out their stalls ahead of the general election. What are their priorities for farming? Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Mark Smalley.

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