Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 19: Fertiliser safety and farm thefts

UK farmers are being reminded to store fertiliser safely and correctly after an explosion involving 2750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate killed more than 130 people in Beirut.

For Lincolnshire farmer Andrew Green, the tragedy brought back vivid memories of the 1974 Flixborough disaster – when a chemical plant exploded killed 28 people and damaged 2000 properties.

With crime in the UK countryside at an eight-year high, we look at what is at the top of the farm theft shopping list – and why.

See also: Mental health anguish linked to rise in rural crime

Soil regeneration – we hear from Scottish farmers who are improving their soil by getting down and dirty with the brown stuff.

We’ve all the prices in our regular market round-up with a special look at spring barley and winter wheat as a patchy harvest continues. And there’s a glimmer of hope for sheep producers seeking a fair price for wool, thanks to a petition signed by thousands of people.


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