Milk Quotas, Crofting, Biodiversity, Methane
Presented by Anna Hill. Warnings that the end of milk quotas in April will mean more bad news for farmers.
Europe is in denial about how serious things will be for the diary industry after the Milk quotas are removed in April. That's according to MEP Jim Nicholson who thinks Europe should be doing more to bolster dairy farmers. Scottish MPs are taking evidence on controversial plans to simplify the rules around the Right to Buy croft land. The government has proposed amendments to the twelve year old land reform act, to make it easier and less bureaucratic for crofting communities. MSP Rob Gibson who is chair of the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee explained why crofting was so important for the survival of rural communities. Radio Wiltshire's Marie Lennon visits the Marlborough Downs.Its been part of a 3 year DEFRA scheme to fund wildlife friendly land management over large areas. It's the only farmer-led project and is now helping to inform the government on conservation policy. All this week Farming Today is taking a look at soil, Sally Challoner talks to Professor Richard Evershed a bio-geochemist at Bristol University. He's investigating ways to harvest a bacterium that occurs naturally in soil, and converts harmful methane into carbon dioxide. He told her that if the bacteria could be harvested and added to soils, it could be an important tool in the fight to control greenhouse gases. Presenter Anna Hill. Producer Ruth Sanderson.
- Wed 18 Feb 2015 05:45