Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 180: Minette Batters apologises over GFC controversy

This week, NFU leader Minette Batters apologises to farmers upset by its handling of Red Tractor plans asking producers to demonstrate their environmental credentials.

Proposals by the Red Tractor Farm Assurance Scheme will see a Greener Farm Commitment introduced next year.

Mrs Batters admits she has “made lots of mistakes” during her time as leader, but she says she is committed to “getting things right.”

Meanwhile, Scottish farmers face more uncertainty as the Holyrood government struggles to outline its vision for agriculture.

As the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board prepares to increase its levies, we hear what pig producers can expect in return.

On the markets, we’ve the latest market prices.

With farm incomes under pressure across the UK, we look at how more farmers are generating much-needed extra revenue from diversification.

And we look at how science is attracting more youngsters into agriculture.

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer, with additional reporting by Abi Kay and Toby Hudson.

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