Farmers Weekly Podcast Ep 98: Spring Budget and AHDB’s £4m deficit

In this episode, it is above all a question of money.

What does the UK government’s latest spring budget statement mean for your farming business? Two experts give us their opinion.

Rob Hitch of accountants Dodd & Co and Gary Markham of Land Family Business examine the likely impact on the livestock and arable crop sectors.

See also: Spring Statement: Small Red Diesel Duty Reduction; help on NI

How will the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Council make up for a £4million shortfall after learning it is no longer exempt from VAT rules?

It is the latest in a series of challenges facing AHDB chief executive Tim Rycroft, who is also addressing concerns over the departure of key staff from the levies board.

In markets, dairy giant Arla says it wants to recruit more farmers as suppliers as it unveils a five-year plan to make milk more secure.

We find out how sheep farmers are lambing without antibiotics – and look at the new rules for moving sheep.

And we speak to the agricultural entrepreneur and farm safety activist who rebuilt his life after losing his left arm in a potato harvester accident.

The video with James Bannister, president of the National Association of Agricultural Contractors, can be found here.

This episode of the Farmers Weekly podcast is co-hosted by Johann Tasker and Surrey farmer Hugh Broom, with Farmers Weekly senior livestock reporter Michael Priestley.



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