Over The Farm Gate

Farmers Guardian

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.

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This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re discussing vertical farms and finding out if they are really better for the planet? Vertical farming - does all the hype stack up? Can these systems really save input costs? Do they offer viable diversification opportunities? Or will they always be the preserve of big-time farmers and investors? And of course, are they really better for the planet, and what contribution can they make to our food system? To find out, Jez Fredenburgh talks to Sarah Hughes, a sheep and beef farmer in north Wales, who completed a Nuffield Scholarship on vertical farms in 2018, visiting some of the most advanced operations around the globe. Sarah set out to see if vertical farming offered a diversification opportunity for the ordinary farm business, she lets us in on her findings. Jez then speaks to David Farquhar, CEO of Intelligent Growth Solutions, a multi-award-winning Scottish company which designs, supplies, and supports vertical farms for growers all around the world. Jez asks him - what really does it cost to set up a vertical farm, how do you operate them, and what are they like? Links: Read more about the use of vertical farming technology, but how can it complement conventional farming systems?https://www.fginsight.com/news/vertical-farming-taking-weather-out-of-the-equation-117612Read more about how, #FarmingCAN be a leader in tackling climate change: https://www.fginsight.com/farmingcan/farmingcan-help-tackle-climate-change/farmingcan-be-a-leader-in-tackling-climate-change-123608https://wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Nov 2

39 min 9 sec

This week on Over The Farm Gate we’re discussing the new National Food Strategy. The strategy has prompted mixed reactions from the industry. A recommendation to introduce new salt and sugar taxes and a call for a 30 per cent reduction in meat consumption over the next 10 years have garnered particular criticism. But other proposed measures in the report, such as guaranteeing the farm payments budget until at least 2029, and defining minimum standards for food imports, have been broadly welcomed. Farmers Guardian chief reporter, Abi Kay speaks to Defra non-executive director and co-founder of the Leon restaurant chain Henry Dimbleby, to find out what the strategy means for farmers.Read our take on the National Food Strategy: https://www.fginsight.com/news/news/national-food-strategy-sugar-tax-poses-major-risk-for-uk-sugar-industry-121035National Food Strategy: https://www.nationalfoodstrategy.org#Farm24: https://www.fginsight.com/24hoursinfarmingSee wistia.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Jul 20

47 min 54 sec

Jun 15

20 min 35 sec