Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 90: machinery grants and phosphate pollution

In this week’s podcast, how English farmers can apply for a government grant to buy new farm machinery.

We’ve a special interview with farm minister Victoria Prentis – who says the government is about to publish its response to calls for a National Food Strategy.

We meet the candidates vying for the NFU’s top officeholder jobs ahead of the union’s presidential elections in February 2022.

We find out farmers are helping to tackle phosphate pollution.

On the markets, with spring around the corner, we investigate whether high prices are affecting the supply of fertiliser onto farms.

And we meet the farmers turning sheep’s milk into vodka.

This episode of the Farmers Weekly Podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom.

See also: NFU elections 2022: The runners and riders




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