Sometimes farmers can feel a bit left out when it comes to TV and media. Although there are some shows and programmes targeted at farmers, mostly these are pretty low quality and badly produced. There are some wonderful resources for farmers from other countries and one of the most impressive comes from the United Kingdom. Farming Today is a show broadcast on the BBC and it’s hugely popular with British farmers, in fact it’s estimated to have a regular one million listeners.
It began in 1960 as part of the BBC Educational broadcasting remit and although it has moved around the schedules over the years – it’s following has stayed fairly consistent. It’s known to have had some important listeners too – the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was apparently a big fan.
Currently Farmers Today can be accessed from the BBC World Service in many parts of the world. For those who can’t access it in this format – you can now listen using BBC Iplayer over the internet. If you need help in accessing BBC Iplayer from the USA it is possible. Normally you will get blocked but this web site shows how to use a UK Proxy for Iplayer.
It’s great for keeping up with all the latest world farming news, of course it has a UK feel to the show but it’s just as interesting for farmers in Colarado too! It covers lots of issues that are of current concern to farmers and fisherman from all over the world. Anyone with an interest in countryside affairs will also be sure to enjoy the show. Recently the programme has been looking at sustainable production and organic farming markets.