All rural life is here: daily news of food, farming, the countryside and the environment with analysis and context from the BBC's experts in the field. Presented by Anna Hill and Charlotte Smith, Farming Today goes out every weekday on Radio 4 at 054
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21/06/24 The Royal Highland Show

Charlotte Smith visits the Royal Highland Show for its 240th year to talk cattle, politics and farmers' health.Produced by Beatrice Fenton.

Fri Jun 21, 2024 08:06
19/06/24 - Re-doing the Green Revolution, the Landworkers' Alliance manifesto and horticulture training

Could the plant breeding achievements of the Green Revolution be started again from scratch? That's the hope of scientists at the John Innes Centre, who say modern commercial varieties of wheat used by farmers could be replaced with better ones, using wheat lines collected a century ago. Back in the 1920s, an enterprising plant scientist named Arthur...

Wed Jun 19, 2024 08:42
18/06/24 - Contaminated salad leaves, UK grown tomatoes and Soil Association election manifesto

A recent E-coli outbreak is thought to have been caused by contaminated salad leaves. There have been over 200 confirmed cases of food poisoning across the UK caused by e-coli bacteria found in manure, with nearly half those affected admitted to hospital. So how does the bacteria get into the salad, and what are farmers doing to prevent it?As part of...

Tue Jun 18, 2024 08:47
17/06/24 Salad sales down, farming in the party manifestos, dung beetle conference

With the rain continuing and below average temperatures, the outlook isn't so sunny for UK salad growers.We look at some of the detail in the main parties' manifestos to see what they're promising on issues like the agriculture budget, food security and England's badger cull. Sometimes described as a farmer's best friend, dung beetles consume, bury...

Mon Jun 17, 2024 08:53
15/06/24 - Reproductive ethics in livestock, dog DNA and seed breeding

Three UK vet practices are now offering IVF for cows. It's a common practise for dairy cows to be made pregnant using artificial insemination, but IVF is more specialist. It allows for multiple embryos to be produced from one particularly good cow, meaning the genetics of a herd can be improved more quickly and its health and productivity improved....

Sat Jun 15, 2024 09:24
14/06/24 IVF in dairy cows, CLA election manifesto, flooding, Kate Humble at the Hay Festival

The vets using IVF to improve dairy herds, and could a new 2-stage planning system help kickstart the rural economy? We hear from the CLA on what it wants from the next government. In a special episode of On Your Farm recorded at the Hay Festival, Kate Humble explains how she accidentally ended up buying a council farm in the beautiful Wye Valley...

Fri Jun 14, 2024 08:12


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