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)

  • FTTW: Sugar 22 Nov 14

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    With the sugar beet harvest, or campaign as it's known, currently underway Farming Today This Week explores the British sugar industry. The company, British Sugar, processes all of the UK's sugar beet and works directly with 3,500 farmers. This morning Charlotte Smith is at one of their processing plants in Norfolk. During the campaign a lorry carrying 30 tonnes of sugar beet arrives at the factory, in Wissington, around every 45 seconds. Charlotte finds out how the farmers work with British Sugar and how the sugar beet is processed into the sugar we sprinkle on our cereal. Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Lucy Bickerton.

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  • Welsh hill farmers

    Fri, 21 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Welsh moorland farmers plan to take the Welsh Government to court over EU payment changes. The hundred farmers - calling themselves Fairness for the Uplands - say the change means land below 400m will receive 20o Euros per hectare, any thing above it will receive 20 euros, and that it's been introduced unfairly.

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  • 20 Nov 2014: Avian Flu; Campylobacter; BritishSugar

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    The knock-on effects of avian flu in East Yorkshire: Charlotte Smith hears from a free range egg producer who cannot move his produce because he's within the restriction zone.

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  • 19 Nov 2014: Bird flu, TB, Sugar beet

    Thu, 20 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Farming Today looks at what mpact the protection zone around the bird flu outbreak is having on neighbouring farms.

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  • 18 Nov 2014: Bird flu, Sugar beet harvest

    Tue, 18 Nov 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    2 days remaining

    Bird flu has been found on a farm in East Yorkshire, where 6000 ducks will now be culled. Anna Hill asks how the disease could have got here, and what it means for UK farmers

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  • FTTW: 15 Nov 2014: Deer farming

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    26 mins

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    Sales of venison are up by 400% in just over a year. What does this mean for UK farmers looking for new opportunities?

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  • 17 Nov 14 Farm Safety, HS2, Sugar

    Mon, 17 Nov 14

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Available:
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    Farm safety continues to be an issue, according to the Health and Safety Executive. Latest figures show 27 workers and four members of the public died on farms last year. They want farmers to think of farms more as work places than homes. The CLA, which represents landowners, will give evidence to the Select Committee looking into the HS2 Bill. The organisation argues that rural businesses and landowners are suffering because of uncertainty surrounding the project. They want an independent complaints procedure. And a look at the British sugar industry amid falling prices.

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