Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 53: Farm fatalities, farm incomes and water quality

More than 50 people have lost their lives in farm-related accidents over the past year.

It’s a shocking statistic – equivalent to one person a week going to work on a UK farm and never returning home. We look at the reasons behind agriculture’s appalling safety record – and how to improve it.

With farm incomes forecast to decline – how are you preparing for the future? And on the markets, beef prices continue to rise.

Poor water quality – are farmers really to blame? Or should water companies shoulder more of the responsibility?

Finally, we pay tribute to Prince Philip – as farmers share their memories of the Duke of Edinburgh.

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