Over The Farm Gate

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Join Farmers Guardian Editor Ben Briggs, and Head of News and Business Olivia Midgley, for weekly thought provoking and lighthearted debate around the key issues affecting farming, food and the countryside right now.List

Future planning: educating children that #FarmingCAN, and what's next for post-pandemic marts?

Season 1, Ep. 62
This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re back with a #FarmingCAN education and career focus, and a livestock market update.With prices still well ahead of last year across both the sheep and cattle rings at auction, we’re discussing how marts have played a role in supporting the farming industry throughout the pandemic.To find out where the market is heading and how the pandemic has highlighted the value of auction marts, Farmers Guardian business reporter Alex Black speaks to LAA Executive Secretary Chris Dodds and Alastair Brown, Bletsoes – Thrapston and LAA vice-chair.Following on from last week's episode on diversity in farming, this week we're discussing making farming an attractive career choice. Those within the farming industry know how diverse, dynamic, and forward-thinking it can be and a wide array of roles available. From finance to marketing, science to engineering, and even fashion, the possibilities are endless. But for those with no connection to agriculture, it may not seem so obvious and could seem impossible to break into.TV and radio presenter George Lamb joins us to discuss the GROW project that focuses on teaching children the value of food.He caught up with Emily Ashworth to discuss the education system, the future of farming, and how we can get children to think about farming as a career option.Links:Read our take on auction marts and the pandemic: out more about the Livestock Auctioneers Association: more about #FarmingCAN: out more about the GROW project :

Talking headlines: Australian trade deal and Defra’s lump-sum retirement payment - what does it mean for UK farmers?

Season 1, Ep. 60
This week on Over The Farm Gate we will be discussing the UK trade deal with Australia and Defra’s consultation on lump-sum retirement payments and delinking.Last week it emerged a zero-tariff arrangement on all products, including beef and lamb was close to being signed off but, farm chiefs are worried this could put British family farms out of business. To find out more about the trade deal and its effect on the farming sector in the UK, Farmers Guardian chief reporter Abi Kay speaks to NFU Scotland president Martin Kennedy and FUW’s head of policy Dr Nick Fenwick.Abi also speaks to Georgie Styles about Defra’s consultation on a lump-sum retirement scheme and delinked payments in England. Farmers claiming under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in England will soon benefit from a lump sum exit scheme which will offer a payment capped at £100,000, to older farmers to allow them to ‘retire with dignity'. Farm groups have welcomed the long-awaited consultation on a lump sum retirement scheme and delinked payments in England. However, the Landworkers Alliance has expressed ‘grave concerns' about the proposals.Links:Read our take on the trade deal with Australia: out more about Defra’s lump-sum retirement payments: