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24/04/2013

Duration:
15 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 24 April 2013

There's good news for dairy farmers. Two of the UK's major milk processors have announced they're increasing their prices. Members of Arla Milk Link and Dairy Crest will see the price they get per litre rise by more than a penny in May and June respectively. But it's a different picture for the cheese market. It follows recent protests by hundreds of dairy farmers at a number of supermarket distribution centres to try and stop another milk processor First Milk from dropping their prices - which it was rumoured might happen in June.

Also on Farming Today, farming is facing significant skills shortages and recruitment problems - despite the unemployment figures in the UK rising to two and a half million. At the moment farming relies heavily on workers from Eastern Europe to harvest fruit and vegetables. But as unemployment grows, one of the biggest farm labour agencies has started a training course to attract more British workers into the industry. It aims to get 200 people into farm jobs this year.

Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Anna Varle.

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