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02/08/2012

Caz Graham hears how drought in America's Mid-West is putting a squeeze on British pig farmers. With feed prices up by a quarter, the National Pig Association say unless prices in the shops go up too, pig farmers will be quitting the business.

Across the Atlantic, the drought is having a serious effect on the biggest agriculture crop in the states - corn. The short supply of crop is driving up global feed prices. Now, there's a row between livestock farmers and ethanol producers who burn corn to produce energy, it's an almost classic food versus fuel debate. America's NPR reporter, Dan Charles, says last year 40% of America's corn went to ethanol factories, leaving farmers and factories heading towards a bidding war over where the corn will end up.

And in the first of a season on Scotland's country sports industry, Moira Hickey goes salmon fishing along the River Spey.

Presented by Caz Graham and produced by Clare Freeman in Birmingham.

14 minutes

Last on

Thu 2 Aug 2012 05:45
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