Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 117: Farm policy uncertainty, Australia-UK trade deal and £150k classic tractor

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.

See also: Harvest 2022: Cambs spring barley yields down but quality good

We examine the UK’s first post-Brexit trade agreement – why isn’t the Australia-UK trade deal being scrutinised by parliamentary debate?

We’ve all the latest commodity prices, and find out why so many cereal growers missed out on cashing in at the top of the market.

We visit the vintage farm machinery auction and get ringside where a classic County tractor sells for a whopping £150,000.

And we harvest wheat with a hedgetrimmer on a London allotment.

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with additional reporting by Farmers Weekly’s Andrew Meredith and Ed Henderson.




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