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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  • 29 Jan 15: Fracking

    Thu, 29 Jan 15

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    14 mins

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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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  • Scottish Tenant Farm Reforms

    Tue, 27 Jan 15

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    14 mins

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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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  • 22 Jan 15. Toxic silt and Milk update

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

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    14 mins

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    Environmentalists are celebrating a victory which halts the dumping of poisonous silt off the south Cornish coast. For twenty years they have been trying to stop contaminated silt dredged from the naval dockyard at Devonport from smothering environmentally sensitive reefs near the mouth of the river Tamar. The Isle of Skye could get an abattoir of its own. It would make a big difference to livestock producers on the island, who currently have to drive 150 miles each way to a slaughterhouse near Inverness. And there may finally be a hint of good news on the horizon for dairy farmers. Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Emma Campbell.

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  • 23 Jan 15: Campylobacter

    Fri, 23 Jan 15

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    We go to a farm that's trialing ways of reducing the incidence of campylobacter in live chickens. This bacterium is the biggest cause of food poisoning in the UK.

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