Podcasts have grown hugely in popularity in recent years and we thought it would be a good time to highlight a few of our favourites. Especially in the current situation as many are stuck indoors and looking for things to pass the time!
Indeed, farming can be a lonely occupation at times, often spending hours in the tractor or on your own. Listening to podcasts can be a great way to keep your mind active, sharpen your skills and get ahead with up to date advice.
So here are a few of our recommendations:
Rock & Roll Farming – https://www.rockandrollfarming.com/
Farmers Weekly columnist Will Evans’ popular podcast starts with an uplifting burst of rock ‘n’ roll. Will is a beef, arable and poultry farmer by day and has been putting out podcasts since the start of 2018. Whilst he has been taking a bit of a break over recent months, there is huge back catalogue of over 130 episodes as well as specials with NFU Mutual and Farmers Guardian to work through and more new episodes should be coming soon.
Episodes are usually between half an hour and an hour long along with a few shorter, bonus episodes too. The podcasts are focused on UK food producers, as Will chats to farmers and others working in agriculture to share their stories.
Meet the Farmers – https://thinkingcountry.com/category/podcast/
Meet the Farmers is hosted by Ben Eagle and highlights the realities of running a farm in the UK. Ben is an agricultural and environmental writer based in Essex, where his family farms arable and specialist berry crops. He blogs about farming, conservation and rural affairs as well as hosting this podcast.
The episodes each profile a different farm, looking at the enterprises and interviewing the people who work on them, highlighting the realities of farming life.
Episodes are typically between 20 and 40 minutes and there is a healthy back catalogue of 60+ episodes to work through.
BBC Farming Today – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qj8q
This BBC Radio 4 program has been around for eight decade and is still going strong. The presenters, production quality and topic selection are excellent for anyone wanting a short daily update on the state of UK agriculture. Each week focusses on a specific topic, alongside more pressing news items. Past topics have included animal welfare issues, farm-diversification strategies and the anticipated impact of Brexit on UK farming and fisheries.
The podcasts are around 13 minutes long with a special, longer version on Saturday focussing on a roundup of each week’s main topic.
AHDB – https://audioboom.com/channels/4937761
The AHDB has been podcasting regularly since late 2016 alongside its work as a levy board representing farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. The podcast is jam-packed with everything from the latest grain market intel to DIY artificial insemination and writing a farm business plan. Episodes often feature a range of experts from the AHDB family, with the odd appearance from farmers, NFU representatives and other specialists.
Each podcast lasts about 15 minutes to half an hour, making them bitesize and digestible while on the go. New ones are released every few days.
CAAV – https://www.caav.org.uk/Latest_News/2020/CAAV_launches_new_podcast.aspx
The CAAV launched a new podcast in January 2020. Topics so far have included reviewing a farm business, the Agriculture Bill, residential tenancies and the Budget. The CAAV is a professional body representing members who provide advice on issues affecting the countryside such as tenancy matters, sales and purchase of farms and land, taxation, compulsory purchase, conservation and farming business advice. Future episodes are likely to be on these types of issues.
We’re a big fan of this new podcast with top advice coming from real experts. The episodes are around 30 minutes long with a new one every couple of weeks.