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Our Food & Farming podcast is for levy payers and those in the food supply chain – bringing together key players in the agriculture industry to talk about the things which really matter. You’ll hear from farmers, special guests and AHDB specialists sharing their experiences and opinions. Join our conversations about technical information, data, market intelligence, exports and updates on our multimillion consumer marketing campaigns and of course, the latest news on farming issues that impac ...
 
Welcome to the Media Enterprise for the Global Fresh Food industry We’re on a mission to re-connect people with their relationship with food. Where it comes from, how it’s grown, the people who make that happen, and the exciting stories surrounding this. Globally…. A healthy, thriving, sustainable fresh food sector is central to that mission. How will we do this? Engaging with a wide range of voices across the global fresh food supply chain, to identify the challenges that gather around impo ...
 
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Lameness is one of the most costly challenges facing British dairy farmers today, with each case amounting to around £330. Affected animals produce less milk, take longer to get back in calf, and are more likely to be culled. Addressing lameness incidences on your farm will not only help your bottom line but also make a big difference to animal wel…
 
We know how important it is to be inspired by both big businesses and individuals, which is why we are excited to present Talking Leaders, a bi-monthly initiative from the AHDB which will see a series of inspirational speakers share their life experiences and deliver impactful stories to the AgriLeader community. In our June broadcast, we have join…
 
In this episode, we spend two days at Groundswell 2022 – the UK's biggest farm event for regenerative agriculture. Also known as conservation farming, regenerative agriculture is all about looking after the soil and improving biodiversity – as well as producing food. But how does it stack up financially? The government's Sustainable Farming Incenti…
 
In this episode, the pick the bones out of the government's long-awaited national food strategy for England. Has it been worth waiting for? Will it help deliver a better future for food and farming? Or is it – as critics suggest – a disappointment? We give our verdict on a 'game-changing' new herbicide to tackle some of the UK's most challenging gr…
 
In England, the government is rolling out Direct Payments and phasing in new policies under the Agricultural Transition Plan. One of these is the Animal Health and Welfare Pathway (The Pathway), which launched the first of four steps in Spring 2022 to provide farmers in England with a fully funded vet visit. The Pathway will push forward and suppor…
 
You have to break new ground to sustainably produce safe, healthy food. That is what Patrice and his colleagues have created with their innovative, proprietary technology platform. They have turned the chemical rule book upside down and literally gone back to basics. Their cutting-edge protein-based biocontrols effectively protect crops against pla…
 
In this Food and Farming podcast, Knowledge Exchange Manager, Emma Steele, chats to Shropshire Beef & Lamb Strategic Farmer, Neil Brown, about his use of EID and using the information he collects to make management decisions, including weaning. We are also joined by Matt Blyth from BLAS UK, who is supporting Neil in recording and utilising data on …
 
In this episode, we investigate the impact on fertiliser prices as a major manufacturer confirms plans to close one of its UK sites. Government minister Jo Churchill promises lots of new money for agri-innovation – but will it make a difference to farmers? With talk of £40/tonne, could we be about to see a big price increase for sugar beet growers?…
 
Farmers and growers are normally exposed to a wide range of risks arising from weather variability, natural hazards, and pests and diseases. Agricultural and fresh food production relies heavily on the natural resource base and climate conditions. Similarly, shocks to the market from both domestic and international sources, like supply shortages du…
 
This Food & Farming podcast episode is the second part which follows the journey of Beef & Lamb Strategic Farmer Chris Elkington and independent consultant Dr Liz Genever as they look into reducing inputs (such as fertiliser) and understanding what soil tests are telling us with a view of formulating an action plan to run a trial on Chris’s farm. C…
 
In our May Broadcast, we are delighted to have chat with Professor Dawn Arnold of Harper Adams University (HAU), where will be discussing How Harper Adams University Connects & Creates Long Term Benefits for Our Industry Sectors. Dawn is Professor of Molecular Plant Pathology and Research Director of HAU. She has over 25 years’ experience working w…
 
In this episode, we look at ways to overcome some of the biggest challenges facing UK growers and livestock producers. Could robot tractors help farmers overcome high input costs and labour shortages? How can growers best secure access to a fair share of water? And what about rural crime, fly-tipping and hare-coursing? On the markets, as cattle num…
 
As you will know, we recently had the hugely sad news that Caroline Drummond, champion of sustainable farming and the driving force behind Open Farm Sunday, had passed away following a short illness. In celebration of Caroline and everything she has achieved for us all and our sectors, the Women in Food & Farming Group and host Beanstalk Global, ar…
 
In this episode – farmer and MP Robert Goodwill outlines his priorities as chairman of the committee which scrutinises the government's farming policies for England. A new group calls for science to lead the debate when making farm policy decisions. On the markets, we have all the latest commodity prices. New rules make it easier to vaccinate badge…
 
In this pork-focused edition of AHDB’s Food and Farming podcast, we discuss the Pig Industry Scholarship Programme (PISP) and find out how it is helping placement students learn about the pig industry and how companies are benefiting from taking part. Our guests Bob Dixon, National Sales Manager, ABN; Ian Hunt, Technical Director, Karro Foods; Sara…
 
In this episode, a Herefordshire farmer pleads guilty to damaging the River Lugg – after undertaking unauthorised river maintenance work. Was the work necessary? Or did it cause needless environmental damage? We look at both sides of the story – and ask what happens next? Ag-inflation is forcing agricultural contractors to increase their prices. Wh…
 
The cross-organisation campaign to raise awareness of leadership training across the agricultural career spectrum. Taking place between 16th-20th May 2022, #AgriLeadershipWeek is back! The Agri-Leadership Consortium (ALC) which originated as The Farmers Club Charitable Trust (FCCT), the Institute of Agriculture Management (IAgrM), the Agricultural …
 
Milking cows and dry cows have very different requirements from their diet. What might be high quality silage for one animal is another’s poison! As forage makes up the major part of a cow's ration it is vital that silages are made with the end use in mind, and targeted to the dietary requirements of the group. Planning a silage strategy starts wel…
 
Jamie’s Farm supports vulnerable young people nationwide to thrive academically, socially and emotionally through a unique 5-day residential experience and follow-up programme. The programme is a blend of ‘Farming, Family, Therapy and Legacy’ where children take on real jobs with purpose, punctuated with therapeutic support. The programme is in hig…
 
“The next generation has always been and will be better than the previous one. If it is not, then the world would not be moving forward” – Kapil Dev, former captain of the Indian National Cricket team. This is a concept not limited to the world of cricket. Building on your herd foundations from generation to generation is key to the success of a li…
 
Trade is crucial for the UK’s domestic and global prosperity. This means delivering an ambitious set of Free Trade Agreements and removing market access barriers. In this episode of AHDB’s Food & Farming podcast, hosted by John Bates, AHDB’s Dr Phil Hadley and Karen Morgan from the Department for International Trade (DIT) explain what it takes to o…
 
In this episode, war and weather are the key driver of commodity prices – we look at how each are impacting on the prospects for harvest 2022. We're at the Pig and Poultry Fair – where producers are determined to secure a better future for their sector – so long as they can ride out the big dipper. On the markets, in theory we're talking about fert…
 
This Food & Farming podcast episode is part one of two episodes which follows the journey of Beef & Lamb Strategic Farmer Chris Elkington and independent consultant Dr Liz Genever as they look into reducing inputs (such as fertiliser) and understanding what soil tests are telling us. The condition of soil on livestock farms directly influences the …
 
In this episode, farmers in England are to receive advance support payments – as the government tries to each a cashflow crisis caused by soaring input costs. We speak to Defra farm minister Victoria Prentis – who explains why farmers will receive half their basic payment for 2022 six months early. We visit the water company which is paying farmers…
 
In our May Broadcast, we are delighted to have on Stephanie Berkeley from the great Yellow Wellies initiative, part of the UK Farm Safety Foundation. About the Farm Safety Foundation: Rising concern over the continuing high level of fatal and life-changing injury accidents on farms prompted leading rural insurer NFU Mutual to set up a charitable fo…
 
In this episode, as bird flu restrictions are finally lifted after six months, we examine the prospects for egg prices. Are producers getting a fair deal? As the 12th annual celebration that is British Beef Week draws to a close – we look at the future for UK suckler cow producers. We talk to NFU president Minette Batters as the union launches its …
 
Join this Food and Farming podcast with AHDB's Will Jackson and NFU President Minette Batters to find out more about the next steps for voting on AHDB's Shape the Future. You’ll get to have your say on the challenges you want AHDB to focus on and the services we will deliver for you in the future. It’s your chance to influence how your levy is spen…
 
British food products remain relatively niche in export markets and more needs to be done to highlight the positive attributes of pork from the UK. These findings come from new research from our consumer insight team, which explored consumer buying behaviour across three continents to provide valuable insight into where British produce fits into th…
 
In this episode, as farm input costs soar, we ask: how can farmers mitigate the impact of ag-inflation on their businesses? Input costs have risen by a whopping 46% over the past 18 months, according to the AgInflation Index, published by the AF Group. We visit a group of farmers working to improve soil carbon – benefiting their businesses as well …
 
We know how important it is to be inspired by both big businesses and individuals, which is why we are excited to present Talking Leaders, a bi-monthly initiative from the AHDB which will see a series of inspirational speakers share their life experiences and deliver impactful stories to the AgriLeader community. In our April broadcast, we have joi…
 
This special podcast celebrates all things beef and is in support of the 12th Great British Beef Week, which will take place this year from 23 April. Farmers, processors, supermarkets, butchers, farm shops, pubs and restaurants are uniting to celebrate the beef produced in the UK. St Georges day begins a week of celebrations known as Great British …
 
In this episode, industry leaders pay tribute to 'greatest ever' farming advocate Lord Henry Plumb, who has died aged 97. We look at the payment rates for the Sustainable Farming Incentive and ask: how can the government entice more farmers to take part? On the markets, we have the all latest commodity prices. Farm management company Velcourt acqui…
 
The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) are the UK’s leading professional body for those involved in all aspects of food science and technology. They are an internationally respected independent membership body, supporting food professionals through knowledge sharing and professional recognition. Their membership comprises individuals fro…
 
As we embark on another year of output from our growing network of strategic farms, Jane Craigie takes some time to speak to Suffolk farmer, Brian Barker, the first ever AHDB strategic cereal farm. This episode discusses the journey and successes so far, creating that blueprint for future farms and what’s left to do.…
 
In this episode – as frustration builds at the challenges faced by farmers, a new poll shows the UK government is falling out of favour with rural voters. We ask: Is the party over for the Conservatives in the countryside? There is an air of optimism at the DairyTech event – but what exactly are the prospects for milk production when input costs co…
 
In this AHDB Food and Farming podcast John Bates speaks to AHDB analyst Vikki Campbell as she has been looking closely at the situation in Ukraine and what it means for markets expecting wheat and other food stuffs to be shipped. The big picture here is the dependency of one part of the globe has on another. Here at home, we see food security risin…
 
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