After this week's unprecedented flooding in South Wales and the West Midlands, some parts of Cumbria have had more than a month's rain in the last 24 hours so it's a tense time for some riverside communities. The Eden Rivers Trust, in Cumbria, is working with farmers to try and 'slow the flow', keeping water in the hills for longer so that it doesn't flood villages downstream or the city of Carlisle. Whole catchment, or 'natural' flood management is increasingly seen as an important piece in the jigsaw of measures that can prevent homes and businesses from flooding. Caz Graham visits one of the farms involved.
Nestle, the multi-national food and drink company, has described as a 'mistake' the planting of trees on some wildflower rich grassland on a dairy farm in Cumbria. The company says tree planting is part of a programme it runs with its milk supplier, First Milk, to help its farmers build up their climate change resilience and reduce carbon emissions. But after an outcry on social media about this particular site, Nestle has said it is working to restore the meadow. So as farmers are under increasing pressure to plant more trees, we ask how they should work out where to put them.
Our focus on fishing continues with a trip to South Devon where locally-caught crab are cooked and prepared for an international market by the Blue Sea Food Company.
And where have all the wild Atlantic Salmon gone? The population has been declining for decades and now some scientists say they could be extinct in just 20 years.
Presented by Caz Graham
Produced by Heather Simons
18/02/20 Flooded livestock, North Shields fishing
Floods continue to cause chaos on farms in South Wales, alongside the Rivers Severn and Wye, and elsewhere too. Today, we hear about the distress of losing livestock and hear what help is available for farmers.
As part of our week looking at the commercial fishing industry, Jo Lonsdale went to North Shields to meet Nik Hanlon, manager of North Shields Fish Quay.
Presented by Caz Graham and produced by Beatrice Fenton.
Recent storms have left thousands of acres of farmland underwater. Caz Graham talks to a Herefordshire farmer who says that flooding from the River Wye is at record-breaking levels on his farm. He explains the impact this will have on crops for the rest of the year.
All this week Farming Today is focussing on the fishing industry. Since the introduction of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, quotas have governed what fishing fleets are allowed to catch. So what happens now that the UK has left? Caz talks to a fisheries biologist from York University, who explains how the systems works.
Essential oil from oregano could become a tool in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. We find out why.
Presented by Caz Graham and produced by Emma Campbell.
17/02/20 Hen harriers, Fishing industry, Fake snail farms
New figures released by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds reveal that birds of prey are being killed or persecuted in greater numbers than ever in England. Data for 2018 shows that it was the worst year in over a decade. What can be done to protect endangered birds of prey? We hear from the RSPB and the Moorland Association.
Farming Today embarks on a week-long look at the fishing industry. At a time of upheaval and change, what is the future for the UK's fishing fleet?
How can snails be used as a tax dodge? We find out!
Presented by Sybil Ruscoe and produced by Emma Campbell.