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)

  • FTTW: 19 April 2014: Farming Today This Week: Flooding Special

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    Charlotte Smith and a panel of four experts take a look at the issue of flooding, after the wettest winter on record. Pete Fox, head of strategy at the Environment Agency, Professor Phil Haygarth, a water and soil expert from Lancaster University, Ian Moodie, flood management adviser at the National Farmers' Union, and environmentalist and journalist George Monbiot discuss how farming contributes to flooding, and how it might also offer solutions. The panel also debates the thorny issue of prioritising homes over farmland when it comes to flooding. And is there a choice to be made between flood defence and food security in the future? Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced in Bristol by Anna Jones

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  • 18 April 2014: Protected regional foods

    Fri, 18 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Products like Stilton cheese and Cornish clotted cream have special EU status, designed to guarantee their authenticity. There are three levels of protection for specialist regional foods. Charlotte Smith finds out what they are, and hears about their benefits and drawbacks.

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  • 17 April 2014: GM trials, Deer farming, Protected regional foods

    Thu, 17 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Field trials of a GM crop which produces Omega 3s identical to fish oils will go ahead in Hertfordshire. And, the drive to set up more deer farms in Scotland.

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  • 16 April 2014: Flood money, Lincolnshire sausages, Milk

    Wed, 16 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    Farmers affected by the recent floods will be able to apply for more government money. And will sausage producers in Lincolnshire continue their campaign to get PGI status?

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  • 15 April 2014: Climate change, cheese, Scottish forests

    Tue, 15 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
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    How should the UK farming sector respond to the IPCC report on climate change? What does it mean to protect a food? Rebuilding Scotlands forests - a 200 year long job.

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  • 14 April 2014: Nitrates, farmland birds and protected food

    Mon, 14 Apr 14

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    Could farmers do more to stop nitrate air pollution? The results are in from the Big Farmland Bird Count. How can protecting a food mean more money for the producer?

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