18/11/19: The environmental impact of beef, Orkney ferries and livestock transport, Worms and plastic
The beef industry is under pressure. Prices are low for British farmers and beef is facing a back-lash from environmental campaigners. To begin Farming Today's week about beef Sybil speaks to Professor Don Broome from the University of Cambridge who says that the environmental impact of beef comes down to how it's produced and why the effects of methane have been slightly over-stated.
Laura French who farms on the island of Rousay in the Orkneys tells Sybil that some her lambs may starve after a height restriction placed on lorries boarding their local ferry has prevented her getting her lambs to market.
Richard Westcott reports from the Anglia Ruskin University where new research shows that tiny bits of plastic in the soil can stunt the growth of worms.
Presenter: Sybil Ruscoe
Producer: Toby Field
15/11/19: Fishing policy and the General Election, Seaweed farming, Policing Dartmoor
Dr Bryce Stewart from University of York tells Caz Graham why the environment may take priority over the fishing industry in the upcoming General Election.
For the final installment of Farming Today's 'farming the seas' week Rachel Lovell has been to a trial seaweed farm that's been set up off the coast of Cornwall.
Fiona Clampin has been out with the police and representatives from Dartmoor National Park who have joined forces to curb illegal activity in the Park.
Presenter: Caz Graham
Producer: Toby Field
14/11/19 Flooding, mussels, election special from a livestock market
As communities across South Yorkshire, the East Midlands and Lincolnshire deal with widespread floods, one farmer says more could have been done to prevent them. Henry Ward's arable farm has been under water since the River Varlings Eau in Lincolnshire burst its banks last weekend. He believes dredging rivers would have made a big difference. However hydrologist Professor Hannah Cloke from the University of Reading says dredging's not always the answer. She says storing water on farmland, then compensating farmers whose land is affected, would be one of the most effective ways of controlling flooding.
We go out to sea to visit the offshore mussel farm that's set to be the biggest in Europe. Father and son George and John Holmyard from Offshore Shellfish grow mussels off the south coast.
In another election special, Caz Graham goes to a lifestock market to find out what "Workington Man" wants. She speaks to sheep and cattle farmers about what will influence their vote.
13/09/19 Salmon farming, ash dieback, election and environment
All week we're looking at farming the sea. Salmon is the UK's biggest aquaculture industry, and the biggest company operating in Scottish waters is Mowi, formerly known as Marine Harvest. Nancy Nicolson visits one of their salmon farms off The Isle of Rum.
The industry may be providing affordable fish for consumers but it is coming under increasing fire for the impact it is having on the marine environment, its use of chemicals to control parasites and disease, and its impact on wild salmon stocks.
The Scottish Parliament's environment, climate change and land use committee said in a recent report on the industry, that the status quo was "not acceptable" and made 65 recommendations for improvement, including a call for the sector to explore offshore sites in deeper waters .
We speak to marine biologist, Dr Sally Campbell who says salmon farming is damaging the sea with its waste.
New research has found European Ash is more resistant than thought to a dangerous beetle - the Emerald Ash Borer - which has devastated trees throughout North America. Trees in the UK are already being killed by the fungus-borne ash dieback, but some trees are showing a natural resistance. Professor James Brown from the John Innes Centre in Norwich says if trees are resistant to ash dieback, they're better able to resist the beetle.
Continuing our election coverage we look at environmental issues and farming. We ask voters at a wildlife reserve on the North Norfolk Coast what pledges they want to hear.
Anna Hill visits Norfolk Wildlife Trust's visitor centre at Cley Marshes to focus on environmental issues in the run up to the election.
We hear about oyster farming in North Northumberland and the plight of the UK's dried up chalk streams.
And how potato farmers in Lincolnshire have been hard hit by the extreme wet weather this autumn.
Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.