Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 185: Defra secretary’s plans under scrutiny

This week, Defra secretary Steve Barclay delivers his first major speech as he gets to grips with his new job.

We examine his plans for agriculture and the countryside – and take a look at Labour’s promises too when it comes to farming.

See also: Ag budget increase must wait until economy grows, says Labour

What’s hot and what’s not when it comes to seeds? We run the rule on the Recommended List for cereals and oilseeds varieties.

We find out why the Welsh Assembly government is refusing to cull badgers to help combat bovine TB in cattle.

We’ve our regular round up of the latest market prices – and an update on last week’s auction of Massey Ferguson memorabilia.

And we find out what English farmers can learn from their counterparts in Wales.

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

You can contact the Farmers Weekly Podcast by emailing In the UK, you can also text the word FARM followed by your message to 88 44 0.


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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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This is the second year of ‘Put Down Roots’ – Defra’s national tree planting campaign – which encourages farmers and landowners to create woodland using Woodand Creation grants. 

This year the campaign spotlights the England Woodland Creation Offer, which is administered by the Forestry Commission, plus a variety of regional grants delivered by various Woodland Creation partners across England.

The campaign highlights the benefits of woodland creation; including improving land, enriching biodiversity and the wider environment, and the potential to generate additional income.

To find out more about the Woodland Creation grants and support, visit

Or for information on how to get paid for wider environmental benefits, consider the Sustainable Farming Incentive:

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