We are excited to announce the launch of ‘Farming Focus’ – the new farming podcast for Cornish Mutual Members and the wider farming community.
Farming Focus will bring its listeners the latest on what really matters to farmers. Featuring industry experts and farming professionals, we expect it to kickstart conversations across the South West and give farmers the knowledge and solutions to face today’s demands in agriculture.
The first 10-episode series of the fortnightly podcast will focus on resilience with host and Cornish Farmer Peter Green chatting to guests about how South West farming businesses can be resilient for the future. They’ll explore everything from soil to rural crime, policy to future markets and farm safety to animal disease.
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Episode 10: What does resilience really mean?
If your land is flat and fertile, you’d keep a thoroughbred, but if you need a horse able to cope with anything, you’d choose an Exmoor pony. Is this what resilience really means? The ability to respond positively to different situations? In a review of the previous nine episodes, podcast host Peter Green discusses resilience from every angle with Farm Carbon Toolkit CEO Liz Bowles and Precision Grazing founder James Daniel.
Episode 9: The TB Vaccination Debate: Would vaccination make South West farming more resilient?
Despite being 10 years into the government’s 25-year bovine TB eradication policy, we have still lost 19,000 cattle to TB in the last 12 months. What more can be done to take control of this devastating disease and could vaccination be the silver bullet? Podcast host Peter Green talks to vet Ralph Drouin and farmer Max Sealy.
Episode 8: Does Regenerative Agriculture have a place in the marketplace?
Market potential is an important part of business resilience, so what relevance does regenerative agriculture have in the marketplace? Podcast host Peter Green discusses this often overlooked aspect of regenerative farming with First Milk Sustainability Director Mark Brooking and Dorset dairy farmer Sophie Gregory and whether farming regeneratively can add value to South West produce.
Episode 7: Rural Crime and resilient rural communities
Like farm safety, rural crime is often not thought about until we fall victim to it but there is much we can do to protect ourselves from what is becoming increasingly organised and borderless. Dr Kate Tudor reveals insights into her research set to surprise, alongside practical advice from PCSO Michael Storey from the Rural Affairs Unit at Avon and Somerset Police and Sergeant Natalie Skinner from Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team.
Episode 6: How can South West farmers reduce emissions and be more climate resilient?
Continuing our series on resilience, this episode looks at climate resilience. Farm Carbon Toolkit’s Becky Willson explains why farmers are in the unique position of being able to reduce emissions while increasing carbon capture with Wadebridge farmer Mike Roberts explaining the gains he’s seeing from the changes he’s made.
Episode 5: Telling your farming story
BBC journalist Anna Jones and communications specialist Kendra Hall explain how and why storytelling helps build industry resilience and is vital to its future. While not every farmer needs to be a social media influencer, they encourage farmers to connect with the public by being honest, authentic and involved at a local level.
Episode 4: Could the Sustainable Farming Incentive Benefit Your Farm Business?
Explore how to unlock the potential of the new policy landscape to enhance business resilience. Peter Green is joined by Sabine McEwan from FWAG South West and Dorset farmers David and Carolyn Gill, who share their thoughts and perspectives on the new schemes.
Episode 3: Farm Safety
To mark Farm Safety Week we talk about a topic often left unaddressed until something happens to make us think about it. Peter Green talks to Devon-based dairy farmer Fred Collins and two members of the Cornish Mutual team – Paul Mahon and Nick Lay – about why farm safety needs to be a priority.
Episode 2: "How to develop and maintain a resilient mindset"
Uncover the power of a positive mindset to navigate challenges and drive business growth. Host Peter Green delves into strategies for personal resilience with life coach Heather Wildman, who has worked in the farming sector for more than 25 years inspiring and motivating confidence to change and grow.
Episode 1: Farm Resilience: "Does it start with the soil?"
Explore the vital role of soil in farm resilience and why it’s prominent in current agricultural conversations. Learn practical steps for assessing and improving soils, and discover the benefits of prioritising soil health. Host Peter Green is joined by Tom Tolputt, co-founder and Consultancy Director of Terrafarmer, and Professor Andy Neale, microbiologist in soil systems and research scientist at Rothamsted Research.
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