Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 39: Opportunities and challenges in 2021

Gene-edited crops and livestock could soon be permitted on farms in England under plans contained in a government consultation.

The plan was unveiled by Defra secretary George Eustice at the Oxford Farming Conference – but Scottish rural cabinet secretary Fergus Ewing urges caution.

See also: How gene editing can help farmers target premium food markets

Red tape is hampering trade in agri-food products between the UK and EU – we examine the impact of the Brexit deal for farmers.

At the start of the New Year, 700 growers and livestock producers tell us what they hope 2021 holds for them – the opportunities and challenges.

Police and campaigners call for tougher action against hare-coursers.

We pay tribute to farm machinery pioneer Helmut Claas, who has died age 94.

And we celebrate success with the Farmers Weekly award winner who scooped an MBE in the New Year Honours list.

This episode is co-hosted by Farmers Weekly chief reporter Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with Farmers Weekly executive editor Phil Clarke.

 

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