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The closure of nearly half the Government's animal health and veterinary labs poses a risk to animal and human health, according to the Royal College of Pathologists. The AHVLA, which runs the labs, will close six labs next year and another two at a later date. It says the re-organisation will mean that new or re-emerging animal diseases can be spotted and dealt with earlier, by building a network of experts including independent vets, universities, and other agencies. But, as Charlotte Smith's been finding out, the plan is meeting strong opposition.

Subsidies for on-shore wind farms are to be reduced, in favour of off-shore projects. With so many farmers and landowners now diversifying into energy production, what will the impact be?

And we hear about the work of a charity which aims to bring disadvantaged children out into the countryside, by getting them interested in fishing.

Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Emma Campbell.

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13 minutes

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Thu 5 Dec 2013 05:45