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One of the country's biggest traditional cheesemakers tells Charlotte Smith we face a serious food and farming skills shortage. Mary Quicke makes cheese from her 500 cow dairy herd in Devon, and says that the technical experts underpinning several aspects of her business are nearing retirement age with no younger generation to replace them. She believes that there's also a deficit in practical food and farming research, in the UK.

The Environment Select Committee chair Anne Mackintosh MP discusses whether the Environment Agency is carrying out enough river maintenance and dredging in order to prevent flooding. The Agency's Strategy Manager says it spends £20 million on dredging rivers in England every year and farmers should expect to do more.

Presenter: Charlotte Smith
Producer: Sarah Swadling.

14 minutes

Last on

Thu 4 Oct 2012 05:45

The Shepherd's Life by James Rebanks

The Shepherd's Life

Powerful account of growing up in a farming family in the Lake District.

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