Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 177: Spotlight on Conservative farming policies

This week, former government minister Jacob Rees-Mogg outrages British farmers by saying he would allow hormone-treated Australian beef into the UK.

We visit the Conservative Party conference in Manchester and scrutinise the government’s policies for agriculture and UK farming.

See more: 4 things we learned from Conservative conference

As farmers face a huge hike in levy rates paid to the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, we ask: can any increase really be justified?

On the markets, we’ve all the latest commodity prices.

We’re also considering how much land do we need for farming? Is it really possible to look after nature and produce enough food?

And we get in the boat with two farmers preparing to row across the Atlantic this winter for charity – see

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

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