Thousands of people are downloading the new Farmers Weekly Podcast for growers and livestock producers.
The 30-minute weekly podcast – an internet radio programme you can listen to via a smartphone, smart speaker, tablet or computer – has been downloaded thousands of times since it was launched last month.
New podcast episodes are released every Friday. Each includes topical news items about arable and livestock farming, with a weekly look at the latest market prices, before ending with a positive story about UK agriculture.
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How to listen
Listening to the Farmers Weekly Podcast is easy and free – whether you are at home, at work, in the tractor cab or in the field – anywhere you have a smartphone, smart speaker, tablet or computer. Below are four ways you can listen to the podcast.
The simplest way to listen is via the Farmers Weekly website. Browse the latest episodes, click on the one you want, press the play icon and sit back and listen. Get started by visiting The Farmers Weekly Podcast
Apple’s podcast player is built into iPhones. To find it, go the search facility on your phone and type in podcasts. Open the player and search for the Farmers Weekly Podcast – you’ll recognise it by the distinctive red and yellow FW logo. Click play and enjoy.
Google’s podcast player is built into Android phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy. If it’s been uninstalled, search for it and download it from the Google Play Store. Then search for the Farmers Weekly Podcast, press play and enjoy.
The popular music-streaming service also includes podcasts. Search for the Farmers Weekly Podcast and you will see all the latest episodes. Click on the one you want and start listening.
Meet the hosts
Hugh Broom farms beef cattle, some sheep and asparagus in Surrey. Before returning full-time to the family farm, he spent 10 years as a radio journalist working for Capital Radio, LBC and BBC 5Live. Thanks to the magic of digital, he can now podcast from his farmyard.
Johann Tasker is chief reporter at Farmers Weekly. A long-standing and integral member of the Farmers Weekly team, he has been reporting and analysing the impact of government policy on agriculture – and how it affects farm businesses – for more than 20 years.
The latest episodes
Ep.8 – Diversification and mental health week
How farmers are diversifying to make their businesses more resilient during the coronavirus pandemic, all the latest markets news and how young farmers are being encouraged to take time to manage their mental wellbeing.
Ep.7 – Food imports and fungicide ban
The fight goes on over food import standards as MPs vote against a key amendment, easing the coronavirus lockdown triggers an increase in visitors to the countryside, and alternative strategies for growers dealing with the chlorothalonil ban.
Ep.6 – Dust masks and oilseed rape schemes
How farmers and grainstore managers can overcome a dust mask shortage ahead of harvest, how vets are social distancing when TB testing cattle, and whether special money-back guarantees on rapeseed are good enough for farmers to stick with the crop.
Ep.5 – Dairy aid and machinery spares
The government is expected to unveil a special aid package for dairy farmers, rain prompts growers to tweak crop management programmes, and machinery manufacturers are pulling out all the stops to get spare parts to farmers ahead of silaging and harvest.
Ep.4 – Covid-19 loans and farm inspections
How farmers can apply for a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan – with government backing, how Red Tractor farm inspections are being done remotely during lockdown, and how ground beetles promise big benefits for crop protection.
Ep.3 – Sky lanterns and levy money
MPs and fire chiefs side with farmers who want people banned from releasing sky lanterns, we investigate the future of AHDB levy payments, and we visit the US to find out how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting Midwest farmers.
Ep.2 – Milk dumping and lockdown learning
Pressure mounts on the government to ease turmoil in the dairy supply chain, how growers can combat yellow rust in wheat, beef farmers fight back against cheap mince imports, and how children are being taught about farming.
Ep.1 – Coronavirus and footpaths
How farmers can keep safe from walkers using footpaths across farmland during the coronavirus pandemic, spring cropping progress, the impact of chip shop closures on potato growers, and how young farmers are delivering food parcels to the rural elderly.I
For full details and to listen to each episode, visit The Farmers Weekly Podcast page.
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