Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 33: Machinery dealer shake-up

A shake-up in the farm machinery dealer network has seen major restructuring for big name brands and franchises.

We look at what it means for farmers – and for other machinery manufacturers.

Pressure is mounting on the government to help ease the pain of reduced farm support as the basic payment scheme is phased out.

Could it do more to help farming families?

See also: How arable data analytics could counteract the loss of BPS

On the markets, we look at the prospects for oilseed rape – and the impact that a rise in sterling could have on your farm business.

Defra approves an NFU proposal for the Environmental Land Management scheme to include ways of encouraging farmers to reach net zero.

As livestock producers take action to mitigate climate change, we ask whether concern over methane emissions is justified – or just a load of hot air.

And we talk to the independent film-makers who are asking farmers to go Dutch as they plan a myth-busting movie about glyphosate.

For more details about the Glyphosate Chronicles film featured in this episode, visit

This episode co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with Farmers Weekly deputy business editor Andrew Meredith.


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