Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 1: Footpaths and coronavirus

In this week’s podcast we look at the many issues facing the farming community around the coronavirus outbreak.

What is the risk of catching coronavirus from walkers using footpaths across farmland? We find out by talking to Professor Mark Fielder, of Kingston University London, president of the Society of Microbiology.

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We also look at spring cropping progress with Yorkshire agronomist Patrick Stephenson; discuss the latest dairy market news with Farmers Weekly business editor Suzie Horne; and examine the impact of chip shop closures on potato growers with Cambridgeshire farmer Tom Clarke.

The challenges facing the beef and lamb sectors – and livestock markets – are scrutinised with NFU chief livestock adviser John Royle, auctioneer Richard Evans (Welshpool mart) and Andrew Loftus of SellMyLivestock.

Finally, young farmers explain how they are delivering food and essential to elderly and vulnerable people in countryside communities – with Sam Oates (Probus YFC); Georgia Betts and Holly White (Workshop YFC).

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.

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