Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 160: How are police tackling the rural crime wave?

In this episode, a rural crime wave has seen machinery and high-tech equipment stolen from farms across the country.

We ask, what are the police doing about it?

With harvest not far off, we get the latest advice for growers seeking to get the most from their wheat and barley crops.

Tighter enterprise margins mean profits are likely to be down this year. So how can farmers maintain or even increase their income?

We look at all the latest commodity prices – and we look at how changes in regulation threaten non-farm assured livestock.

And we meet the farmer who drove a combine harvester from John o’Groats to Land’s End – raising thousands of pounds for charity.

To make a donation to the Combine Challenge, which is raising money for mental health charity Mind, please visit Olly’s fundraiser for Mind.

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with additional reporting by Philip Case.

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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