Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 13: ELM scheme and flea beetle hope

Farmers are being urged to help shape the government’s forthcoming Environmental Land Management Scheme.

The flagship support scheme – which will come into place as direct payments are phased out – will require farmers to undertake environmental work on their land.

We speak to Natural England head of agriculture Geoff Sansome and Tenant Farmers Association chief executive George Dunn about how the new scheme will work.

See also: ELM funding: Figures reveal finance shortfall

With the coronavirus lockdown easing further, we examine whether it is the right time to invest in your farm business – by talking to one of the UK’s top agri-bankers.

We have our latest market round-up – and talk to Welsh sheep farmer Gerallt Hughes who is trying to salvage some value from worthless wool – by using it as fertiliser.

On the arable front, scientists have found a wasp that kills cabbage stem flea beetle – could it be the answer oilseed rape growers are looking for?

And enterprising farmer Elaine Clarke beats social distancing rules and woos customers by opening a drive-thu strawberry shop in Staffordshire.

This episode co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with Farmers Weekly news reporter Ed Henderson.


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