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Neonicotinoids and Sugar Beet, Sheep Rustling, Northern Ireland Agriculture

The EU is considering extending its ban on Neonicotinoids to include non-flowering crops which may pose a problem for sugar beet producers who are reliant on this insecticide.

The EU is considering extending its ban on Neonicotinoids to include non-flowering crops which may pose a problem for Sugar Beet producers who are reliant on this controversial insecticide. Anna Hill speaks to Dr Mark Stevens from British Beet Research Organisation about how its been used to control aphids and what solutions might be developed as an alternative.

Charlotte Smith speaks to Lorna Sidebottom about how her and her family are coping after the theft of seventy-one ewes and their lambs from their farm near Macclesfield.

All this week the focus is on Northern Ireland and the BBC's Agriculture and Environment Correspondent Conor Macauley walks us through the country's unique farming landscape and explains what changes Brexit might bring.

Anyone for a Juneberry? It sounds unlikely but actually is a real fruit - its a popular Canadian and North American berry. With the UK's only commercial crop ready for harvesting David Gregory Kumar has been to help with the picking.

Presenter: Charlotte Smith
Producer: Toby Field.

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