Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 3: Sky lanterns and levy money

Listen to our third Farmers Weekly podcast. In a packed programme this week, we talk about the future of AHDB levy payments, banning sky lanterns and we go across the pond to find out how US markets are being affected by coronavirus.

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What’s in this week’s programme?

MPs and fire chiefs side with farmers who want people banned from releasing sky lanterns as a show of support for the NHS during the coronavirus crisis.

We talk to Hampshire fire chief Neil Odin, who says the emergency services have enough to deal with without having to fight fires caused by the lanterns.

Meanwhile long-awaited government report is set to see changes for the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, says former AHDB chairman Sir Peter Kendall.

The yet-to-be published document follows a review of the AHDB’s role and activities – which has so far been more than 18 months in the making.

In our markets round-up, it’s a tale of up horn but down corn this week, with wheat prices easing but lamb showing signs of a slight recovery.

On a global level, we take a trip across the Atlantic to see how coronavirus is affecting agriculture in the USA, particularly farmers in Minnesota.

And with British Beef Week celebrating its 10th anniversary this month, we have a special interview with Jilly Greed, co-founder of Ladies in Beef.

Co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with Farmers Weekly business editor Suzie Horne.

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