The Farmers Weekly


Listen to The Farmers Weekly Podcast for our take on the top news affecting UK agriculture. Chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom delve behind the headlines – with comment, analysis and discussion from farmers and industry leaders.

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Hugh Broom

Hugh Broom farms beef cattle, some sheep and asparagus in Surrey. Previously as a young man, he spent 10 years pursuing an off-the-farm career as a radio journalist working for Capital Radio, LBC and BBC 5Live. Thanks to the magic of digital, he can now podcast from his farmyard.

Johann Tasker

Johann Tasker is chief reporter at Farmers Weekly. A long-standing and integral member of the Farmers Weekly team, he has been reporting and analysing the impact of government policy on agriculture – and how it affects farm businesses – for more than 20 years.


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FW Podcast Episode 26: Storms on the way and when to drill?

In this week's podcast: it's raining and storms are on their way – could we be looking at a repeat of last year's wet autumn? We look at the long-term…


FW Podcast Episode 25: NFU’s Net Zero goal and soil health

It's a year since the National Farmers Union unveiled ambitious plans for UK agriculture to be carbon neutral within two decades. We examine whether the NFU's Net Zero 2040 target…


FW Podcast Episode 24: Badgers, Brexit and a deal for dairy

As the 2020 badger cull gets under way to combat bovine tuberculosis in cattle, we meet a farmer who says it is helping tackle the disease. And as Brexit rhetoric…


FW Podcast special: Q&A with AHDB chairman Nicholas Saphir

Farmers will soon have more say in the way their levy money is spent by the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. In this exclusive interview, AHDB chairman Nicholas Saphir talks…


FW Podcast Episode 23: Back British Farming campaign hots up

Government ministers and MPs are being urged to Back British Farming ahead of a crucial four months of post-Brexit trade talks. It comes amid a stark warning from a top…


FW Podcast Episode 22: Fears for EFA land and TB vaccine hope

Farmers working hard to look after the environment face being disadvantaged because the government won't allow changes to countryside stewardship agreements. It follows a government decision to abolish EU “greening”…


FW Podcast Ep 21: Food security and dairy alternatives

Food security and self-sufficiency must be a key part of the UK's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, say farm leaders. UK self-sufficiency in food production stands at just 64%, according…


FW Podcast Episode 20: Machinery costs and is OSR worth it?

The cost of new machinery continues to scale new heights with John Deere slapping a hefty price tag on its latest X9 1100 combine. Many growers will struggle to find…


FW Podcast Episode 19: Fertiliser safety and farm thefts

UK farmers are being reminded to store fertiliser safely and correctly after an explosion involving 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate killed more than 130 people in Beirut. For Lincolnshire farmer…


FW Podcast Episode 18: What next after three-crop rule?

Defra has confirmed that farmers in England will no longer have to comply with environmental greening rules to receive their full annual basic payment. We examine what the end of…