Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 201: Defra relaxes flood compensation rule

In this episode, the government relaxes flood compensation rules after one of the UK’s worst flood-hit farmers found himself ineligible for payment.

Tenant farmers call for talks with landowners who want to take back farmland so they can claim inheritance tax relief.

We’ve all the latest market prices – and take a special look at the record-breaking trade in spring lamb this year.

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Plans for a huge solar farm covering 800ha (2000 acres) has divided farmers and rural communities in Wiltshire.

And we go for a ride with a 60-year-old farm machinery enthusiast on a 60-year-old vintage tractor – all for a good cause.

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Sandy Kirkpatrick with additional reporting by Philip Case, Matilda Bovingdon, Charlie Reeve and Georgie Green.

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