Farming TodayAuthor: BBC Radio 4
16 Aug 2018

Farming Today

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    Call to ban using CO2 to slaughter pigs, Farmers in the nude, Barcodes on meat

    There has been a call to to ban using CO2 to stun pigs before slaughter. Georgina Crayford from the National Pig Association gives Sybil Ruscoe her response. An Australian firm have designed a silicone tag to add to steaks which works like a barcode designed to give consumers the opportunity to find out where and how the meat has been produced. Sybil has been along to a photo session with four farmers all taking their kit off for a calendar to raise money for an Oncology unit. Will she bare all for the cameras? Mariclare Carey Jones has been to meet a farmer to find out how the rapeseed harvest has been affected by the hot dry summer. Producer: Toby Field.

  • Posted on 15 Aug 2018

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    Reaction to the US court ruling that glyphosate causes cancer

    After an American court says glyphosate weedkiller does cause cancer, some farmers put their faith in science while the organic lobby calls on the government to do more research. We hear from farmer James Cox who's on the National Farmers' Union Crops Board, and the Soil Association's Liz Bowles. This week is all about Harvest 2018 and while the long, hot, dry summer has scorched most crops, it's been a vintage year for lavender. Presented by Sybil Ruscoe and produced by Beatrice Fenton.

  • Posted on 14 Aug 2018

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    Harvest 2018, Heritage grains, Tackling poaching

    Sybil Ruscoe quizzes independent crop expert Sean Sparling on how the wet winter and long hot summer is affecting this year's harvest producing lower yields, and he says that as a result it's inevitable that food prices will rise. She also speaks to Stuart Roberts about how some species of heritage grains are defying the trend and thriving in these conditions, and Heather Simons has been hot with Wiltshire Police to hear how they're using social media to track criminals who are taking advantage of the harvested fields to take part in poaching and hare-coursing. Producer: Toby Field.

  • Posted on 13 Aug 2018

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    Farming Today This Week: Rivers

    Rivers are our primary source of fresh water and vital to sustain agriculture, wildlife and society. Yet they're under threat from climate change, overuse and pollution, and only 14 per cent of them are currently classed as being in a healthy state. In Farming Today This Week we put a spotlight on what's going on around the country to protect and restore them. Unlocking the Severn is a major restoration project that's just begun to re-open the River Severn and its tributaries to fish species. It aims to address the physical barriers that were built in the Industrial Revolution that now no longer serve any useful purpose and block fish migration. Six weirs on the Severn and Teme will be either modified or partially removed so that fish can reach the upper reaches of the Severn watershed and their historic spawning grounds. Sybil Ruscoe went to see the engineering work at Powick weir near Worcester and finds out how the team behind the £22 million project hope it will reconnect the local community to the river. Also in the programme we hear from Arlin Rickard, CEO of the Rivers Trust, on the state of rivers in the UK; there's a report from the banks of the River Ribble in Lancashire where trees are being planted to keep the river cool; and finally we meet volunteers in the Thames Basin who are improving their local waterway after it became polluted. Producer: Sophie Anton.

  • Posted on 11 Aug 2018

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    Ash dieback in Yorkshire, Sea lice in Salmon, Cooling the River Ribble

    The tree disease Ash dieback has been found in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Sybil Ruscoe ask the Woodland Trust's Mark Feathers how bad the problem is and what steps he's taking to prevent further spread. Two of Scotland's biggest salmon producers say they've made a breakthrough in rearing cleaner-fish to tackle sea lice. Kevin Keane reports. With Al Green's help Farming Today is back by the river, the River Ribble to be precise, where Caz Graham has been visiting a project called 'Keeping the Ribble Cool' which involves planting trees along the bank to provide additional shade and protect fish and invertebrates. Producer: Toby Field.

  • Posted on 10 Aug 2018

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