Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 141: New environmental payments for farmers

In this episode, the government finally unveils further long-awaited details of its flagship environmental scheme for England.

Farmers will be paid to undertake six new actions – on hedgerows, arable and horticultural land and grassland. They will also be paid for pest and nutrient management.

But will it work? We talk to Defra secretary Therese Coffey.

Meanwhile, the National Farmers Union unveils plans to restructure its regional operations in a bid to cut costs for its 50,000 members.

We look at how farmers once blamed for polluting the River Wye in Herefordshire are playing a key role in cleaning it up.

On the markets, we’ve all the latest prices – and we find out the winner of this week’s Commodity Cashback competition

And we meet the author of a new cook book – No Fuss Meals for Busy Parents – using ingredients from British farmers.

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker with Surrey farmer Hugh Broom. Additional reporting by Abi Kay, Louise Impey and Phil Case.


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Each week in the Farmers Weekly Podcast, Johann & Hugh will pick a farm commodity (wheat, milk, beef etc) and ask listeners to text FARM to 88440 followed by their prediction for the price of that commodity the following week.

The winner is the listener who guesses closest to the number, as published in Farmers Weekly magazine on that Friday.

All correct entries will be put into a draw and the winner will be drawn at random by the Farmers Weekly Podcast hosts.

The winner must answer when called or the next nearest winner will be chosen and contacted.

To enter, listen to this week’s podcast to hear which commodity has been chosen – you can email your guess to In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88440. Texts are charged at your network provider’s regular rate.

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