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Conversations with farmers and those working in the rural sector that explore the variety of experiences, perspectives and ideas coming from the creation of resilient, regenerative and enjoyable farming systems in New Zealand. The Quorum Sense Podcast is supported by MPI’s Productive & Sustainable Land Use - Extension Services fund.
 
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In this episode, we examine why criminals are returning to the countryside – sparking a 40% increase in rural theft – and what farmers can do about it. Are you ready for Rishi? Or do you want Liz for leader – we ask growers and livestock producers who should be the UK's next Prime Minister? On the markets... we head to one of the season's first she…
 
In this episode, lack of detail about government plans for agriculture is denting farmer confidence to invest in their businesses. Defra farm minister Victoria Prentis says farmers must learn to live with uncertainty – despite calls for clarity on farm policy. We examine the UK's first post-Brexit trade agreement – why isn't the Australia-UK trade …
 
Mother and daughter dairy farming team Janette and Carla Perrett share how the shift to organic production has shaped their farming over the past 16 years. The drive for alternative solutions to support animal health and soil fertility has resulted in a regenerative approach that’s cut costs, improved well-being and created deep connection with the…
 
In this episode, the hottest harvest ever – how was it for you? We have a full report, including field fires, overheating grain and an interview with the farmer where the UK temperature reached a record-breaking 40.3 degrees. As MPs launch an inquiry into the government's Environmental Land Management scheme (ELM) for England, we ask: is it deliver…
 
In this episode, with the UK heatwave set to see temperatures climb towards a record-breaking 40ºC, we ask could it simply become too hot to harvest? As the latest farm fatality figures are released, we look ahead to Farm Safety Week – and the 10th anniversary of the Farm Safety Foundation. On the markets, we examine why commodity prices have eased…
 
Welcome to this special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – brought to you in association with plant breeders Limagrain UK. Rising input costs, market volatility and climate change all mean more robust wheat varieties are increasingly sought after. Better genetics mean better performance – agronomically as well as financially – both in the fiel…
 
In this episode, hot weather has prompted heat stress warnings for UK crops and livestock – we look at the options for farmers. Young farmers join forces to combat rural crime in Cumbria – how a new initiative to reduce farm theft could be rolled out across the country. On the markets, as the UK cereal harvest continues, we've all the latest commod…
 
In this episode, it's a record-breaking early start to harvest – with some UK farmers reporting decent yields from winter malting barley crops. But supply chain issues mean other growers are still waiting to take delivery of new combine harvesters. Will they arrive in time? The UK's climate change watchdog says agriculture is making 'glacial' progr…
 
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…
 
Tim and Camilla Rutherford explore what it takes to bring regenerative practices to high country Merino production, and how it's benefited business, personal and family life. A wonderful conversation, it covers the introduction of mob grazing, the challenges of high country water supply, and the move away from cultivation, monocropping and chemical…
 
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 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?…
 
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…
 
Market gardener and regenerative land use advocate Jodi Roebuck explains how he generates a $250k turnover on one tenth of a hectare, and the huge value gained from improving soil, fine tuning systems and building relationships. He also talks about the resilience and adaptability built into his approach to farming and business. Jodi openly shares m…
 
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 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…
 
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…
 
Canterbury pedigree beef and sheep breeders, the McKerchar family discuss multi-generational farming, succession, and not being afraid to shift direction. It’s clear that being open to different perspectives lies at the heart of family relationships, and their evolving relationship with their soils and livestock. They talk about building business r…
 
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 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 …
 
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 …
 
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…
 
Join dairy farmer and filmmaker Deane Parker as he deep-dives into his journey from rafting guide to regenerative farming advocate. Deane's connection to the outdoors and water, along with the hurdles he's faced along the way, have profoundly affected how he views the industry he works in and the opportunities available for those willing to change.…
 
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 episode, the government confirms a reprieve for urea fertiliser – easing fears of an outright ban and delaying restrictions by at least a year. And long-awaited clarity on farming rules for water will make it simpler for farmers in England to apply manure and slurry this autumn. The concessions are included in a raft of measures to help far…
 
In this episode, it's mainly all about the money. What does the UK government's latest spring budget statement mean for your farm business? Two experts give us their views. Rob Hitch from accountants Dodd & Co and Gary Markham from Land Family Business examine the likely impact on the livestock and arable sectors. How will the Agriculture & Horticu…
 
Jules Matthews shares her experiences applying regenerative principles to beef and sheep farming, coaching and a startup market garden venture supplying direct to consumer. The observations and learnings she’s gathered within all this complexity are thought-provoking and inspiring. From questioning what we’ve always accepted to asking where each si…
 
In this episode – why isn't the UK government doing more to encourage food production? We examine concerns over rising input costs, food imports and the government's environmental policies for farmers. Fertiliser prices are high, availability is low – will it be worth growing wheat next year? Will digital grain passports really add value and make l…
 
In this episode: is ramping up UK farm output the answer to food supply problems caused by conflict in Ukraine? Do government leaders and policy-makers need to rebalance the relationship between food production and environmental schemes? We ask two farmers. On the markets, we look at fertiliser prices – and ask how high can they go? We get some imp…
 
This episode examines the impact of the war in Ukraine – both on farmers caught up in the conflict and on farmers in the UK. We look at the effect that war is having on supplies and prices of grain and animal feed – as well as the cost and availability of farm inputs like fuel and fertiliser. The AHDB fertiliser calculator mentioned in this episode…
 
In this episode, we examine the impact on farm input costs and commodity prices after Russia invades Ukraine. We round up all the news from the National Farmers' Union annual conference in Birmingham – including the NFU elections. Fertiliser fantasy – can farmyard manure really be used in place of bagged ammonium nitrate? Defra secretary George Eus…
 
A special episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast – looking at the prospects for oilseed rape growers this spring. Farmers are returning to oilseed rape – having abandoned the crop due to pressure from cabbage stem flea beetle following the ban on neonicotinoid seed treatments. Some UK growers are learning to live with the pest, say experts – and hig…
 
Quorum Sense board member Duncan Humm talks about his fascination with deer, and the part they've played in teaching him the value of observation and diversity. Both are traits that have proven extremely useful as he learns to apply regenerative farming practices to the family farm. From the early years as a teenager growing up on-farm in South Can…
 
In this episode, as a mechanical failure threatens to disrupt global glyphosate supplies – we examine the impact for UK farmers. What's the natural capital value of your farmland – we run the rule over a new tool which developers say could help farmers benefit from biodiversity net gain. On the markets, we have the latest commodity prices and look …
 
In this episode, is the government doing enough to solve the crisis affecting the pig industry Defra minister Victoria Prentis pledges clarity on autumn muck-spreading rules – could they work like traffic lights? We meet the growers cutting out insecticides and letting nature do the work on their farms. On the markets, dairy sales numbers are looki…
 
In this week's episode, we get to grips with the new landscape recovery scheme – what does it mean for farmers and is worth applying? In a wide-ranging interview, Defra secretary George Eustice defends the government's approach to post-Brexit farm policy – saying he wants evolution not revolution. Mr Eustice also discusses policies affecting tenant…
 
In this episode, could farmers fall foul of new red diesel rules due to come into force this spring? As oat milk maker Oatly gets its hands slapped for misleading consumers, we ask: how much of a threat to farmers are plant-based drinks? On the markets, we're ringside in Yorkshire. As the latest woodland grants are unveiled, does it really pay to p…
 
In this week's podcast, how English farmers can apply for a government grant to buy new farm machinery. We've a special interview with farm minister Victoria Prentis – who says the government is about to publish its response to calls for a National Food Strategy. We meet the candidates vying for the NFU's top officeholder jobs ahead of the union's …
 
In this episode, MPs say government plans to replace direct payments for farmers in England are based on 'blind optimism' and lack clarity. We examine the report – and its implications for farmers and growers. There's a glimmer of hope when it comes to restrictions on slurry and manure spreading. Celebrity farmer Jeremy Clarkson has planning permis…
 
In this episode, Defra announces a 30% increase in Countryside Stewardship payments in England– but does it stack up? The government unveils crackdown against the crime of hare-coursing . Will it really help stop the illegal activity. Livestock farmers vent their frustration after Asda decides to source beef from Ireland, rather than buying British…
 
From initial experiments with regenerative practices to rolling out across larger areas of the farm, the Smiths and Lows share their experiences with building topsoil, reducing fertiliser use and embracing diverse crops and pastures. The benefits they discuss are wide-ranging, from improved fertility, animal health and profitability to bringing the…
 
In this episode, we talk to three Net Zero farmers – and ask whether cutting carbon emissions is good for farm incomes as well as for the environment. Would animal welfare labelling on UK meat improve livestock returns? As Basic Payments land in bank accounts – with reduced amounts for farmers in England – we ask two experts for their advice on man…
 
In this episode, we examine the payment rates for Defra's new Sustainable Farming Incentive - will it work for farmers? We count the cost of Storm Arwen on farms and rural businesses – as a Yorkshire farmer recounts an unusual rescue mission. With a whopping 37 seed varieties added to the AHDB recommended lists, we look at how you choose the cereal…
 
Three arable farmers come together to talk about their experiences with regenerative crop production systems. From changes in tillage regimes to techniques to better support crop establishment, nutrition and health, it's a fascinating conversation between farmers who are 'walking the talk'. From high level discussion around the benefits of regenera…
 
In this episode, cereal prices are on the up – but so too are input prices. We look at the impact on arable cropping decisions. The Red Tractor farm assurance scheme acknowledges that non-assured growers should have like-for-like access to UK feed mills. What does this mean for growers? On the markets, we get the latest consumer insight on red meat…
 
In this episode, we run the rule over Defra's £27m Farm Investment Fund for England and ask: is it worth applying for a grant? The government finally launches its long-awaited consultation to reform the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). We ask Defra secretary George Eustice: will levy payers get value for money? How was lockdown …
 
In this episode, scientists call for stricter pesticide testing rules following concern that some co-formulated products are bad for bumblebees. With plans to build the world's largest vertical farm in Norfolk, we ask – should your farm reach for the sky too? There's more on methane – with livestock farmers divided over the best way to combat clima…
 
Britain faces a shortage of farm vets – with recruitment and retention posing key challenges for veterinary practices and the future of the sector. Industry insiders estimate there are more than 3,000 veterinary job vacancies across the UK – with big implications for the livestock producers who rely on them. What are the reasons for these challenge…
 
In this episode, farm leader Minette Batters gives her views from the COP26 climate change conference on red meat and methane. Are livestock really to blame for greenhouse gas emissions – or do fossil fuels have a bigger part to play? And what should we do about it? West Yorkshire doctor and former farm worker Jerry Alderson explains why it's good …
 
In this episode, farmers are risking their lives on a daily basis – with tiredness and fatigue contributing to the UK's worst fatal accident rate. The stark statistic is revealed in a Farmers Weekly survey at the start of a new farm safety campaign called Dying To Feed You. Dairy farmer's son William Sayers tells how his arm was torn off by a rotat…
 
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