Farmers demand better from AHDB, Red Tractor inspections, COVID-19 loans, & Welsh NVZs

The Farmers Weekly Podcast

24-04-2020 • 34 mins

Farmers are to get more say on how the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board spends their money. We talk to AHDB chairman Nicholas Saphir and Mark Coulman of the Tenant Farmers Association.

Devon sheep farmer Colin Rowland, Essex cereal grower Ed Ford and Cumbrian dairy producer Robert Craig all say there is room for improvement at the AHDB.

In the markets, the government wants more farmers to apply for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan – Farmers Weekly deputy business editor Andrew Meredith explains how you can get your hands on some money.

Winter barley crops are coming under an increased disease threat. We get advice from independent agronomist Peter Cowlrick in southern England and Agrii agronomist Greig Baird in Scotland.

Welsh farmers are up in arms about plans to make the whole of Wales a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone. We ask: are the new restrictions really necessary?

The coronavirus pandemic means Red Tractor assurance inspections can't be done on farm – so they're being done by mobile phone instead. Farmers Weekly executive editor Philip Clarke explains how they work.

And Rothamsted researcher Kelly Jowlett is seeking views from growers on the benefits of ground beetles in crop protection. We delve into the depths of the #BeneficialBeetlesSurvey.

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.

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