Farmers Weekly Ep 155: Overcoming low confidence in farming

In this episode, we examine how UK farmers are striving to overcome low confidence in the sector – caused in part by high input costs.

Confidence among farmers is at a low ebb, according to the latest NFU survey – but some sectors are faring better than others.

We look at the future for on-farm robots as a flagship agri-tech start-up warns that it is running out of cash.

As a key investor pulls the plug, we look at how farming entrepreneurs are turning to crowdfunding to secure their future.

We’ve all the latest commodity prices – and after a brutal year, we find out how free range egg producers are fairing.

Plus, could a King’s Coronation fund help ensure the survival of Britain’s rare livestock breeds?

To find out more about the Small Robot Company crowdfunding drive, visit

For details of the Agri-TechE hybrid event ‘Focus on Funding – Follow the Crowd’ at NIAB Park Farm on Tuesday 23 May, visit

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

To contact Johann and Hugh, please email In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.




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