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)

  • 24 April 2014: Storm damage in National Parks, Bird-scaring drones, Nutrition

    Thu, 24 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    7 days remaining

    Charlotte Smith investigates whether farmers have a part to play in tackling rising obesity rates, by changing the food they produce. And we hear about a new pigeon-scaring drone.

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  • 23 April 2014: Land Workers' Alliance, Boy Farmer, Beef

    Wed, 23 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    6 days remaining

    A group of small-scale farmers is calling for a greater share of the subsidies paid out under the Common Agricultural Policy

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  • 22 Feb 14: Maggots in Animal Feed

    Tue, 22 Apr 14

    Duration:
    14 mins

    Available:
    5 days remaining

    Charlotte Smith has the latest on research into using maggots in pig feed - and Essex Young Farmers have set their sights on Number One with their newly released charity single "Put That Hoedown".

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  • 21 April 2014: Farm Shop Pioneer

    Mon, 21 Apr 14

    Duration:
    12 mins

    Available:
    4 days remaining

    Charles Hinchliffe was a pioneer of the farm shop idea, back in the 1970s. At the age of 90, he's still going strong, and still working in the shop on the family farm near Huddersfield. Caz Graham meets him.

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

    Sat, 19 Apr 14

    Duration:
    25 mins

    Available:
    2 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

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    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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