The Future for Food and Farming

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Tonight, for this very special Rock and Roll Farming Podcast I head down to Westminster in London to talk to DEFRA Secretary of State Michael Gove about their consultation paper ‘Health and Harmony: the future for food and farming and the environment in a green brexit’, and why it’s absolutely vital that working farmers respond.   This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more details please visit www.nfu-cymru.org or www.rockandrollfarming.com Rock and Roll Farming is proud to work in partnership with Farmer’s Guardian. Please visit www.fginsight.com

No tiller, all killer

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Rock & Roll Farming with Jake Freestone Tonight I’m heading down to Overbury Farms on the Worcestershire/ Gloucestershire border to talk to Farm Manager Jake Freestone @No1FarmerJake We hear about the 1600ha mixed farm that he manages, that’s been in the same family since 1722, and the wide range of soil types, conditions, crops, and enterprises that they have going on there. We discuss Jake’s non-farming background, and how he caught the bug initially helping out on his Godfather’s dairy farm in Bedfordshire, and how from then on he wasn’t going to do anything else but farm. We find out […]

057 A Great British Beef Week Special

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Rock & Roll Farming with Jilly Greed Tonight for this Rock & Roll Farming Special, I head down to Exeter in Devon to talk to Farmer, and co-founder of Ladies in Beef, Jilly Greed, to hear all about Great British Beef Week (April 23rd – 30th)

056 The Call of Home

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Rock & Roll Farming with Cesca Beswick Tonight I’m delighted to be heading just over the English border to Sandbach in Cheshire to talk to farmer and digital marketeer, Cesca Beswick. @Cesca_Beswick We talk about her early life on her family’s dairy farm in Staffordshire, and how her Dad tragically died when she was 18 months old leaving her Mum to carry on the farm on her own, before eventually remarrying and moving up to Cheshire. We discuss her decision to study Product Design Engineering at University, and how she gained an interest in social media marketing and saw the […]

055 The Appliance of Crop Science

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Rock & Roll Farming with Professor Carol Wagstaff Tonight I’m delighted to be travelling down to Silchester in Hampshire to talk to Crop Scientist and Director of the AgriFood Training Partnership, Professor Carol Wagstaff @cwagstaff We talk about how studying biology at Royal Holloway, University of London, and spending time at Kew Gardens led to a fascination with plants and crops, and eventually to a career as a crop scientist at the University of Reading. We discuss the research group that she leads, that focusses on improving the quality of food, including the nutritional value, appearance, flavour and shelf life, […]

054 Twice Around the World

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Rock & Roll Farming with Michael Blanche Tonight I’m delighted to be heading up to Perthshire in Scotland to talk to farmer, consultant, and host of the Pasture Pod Podcast Michael Blanche @totallyewesome We start off with talking about how the hell he developed an interest in farming, given he’s the son of an accountant and a teacher, and how he got his first sheep and a tractor at the tender age of 3. We discuss how he went from being an almost beret-wearing English student, to being a tweed underpants wearing REALM student at Harper Adams, and how this […]