Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 142: Farming minister defends ag policies

This week, Defra farm minister Mark Spencer defends this government’s policies for agriculture.

Mr Spencer insists the future is bright for farming – and says the industry must do more to export food and attract new entrants into the sector.

We spoke to Mr Spencer at Harper Adams University, where farmers and students are among the audience for the very first Farmers Weekly Question Time event.

We visit Dairy-Tech, where we gauge industry reaction to rapidly changing sentiment in the milk market.

We find out how a Lincolnshire farmer grew a world record crop of wheat.

We’ve all the market prices and find out the winner of this week’s Commodity Cashback competition.

And with the second series of Clarkson’s Farm about to hit our TV screens, we ask is Jeremy Clarkson still a good ambassador for farming?

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

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