Water abstraction, Scottish land ownership, seaweed on beaches and scrubland for tree sparrows
Farmers are concerned that the Environment Agency may be given new powers to revoke the licenses they need to abstract water in order to grow crops. We hear from the NFU, which says the plans could mean farmers have licenses removed with little warning and without compensation, to protect wildlife. Meanwhile, conservationists say water is a finite resource which needs to be shared.
A report from the Scottish Land Commission finds land ownership in Scotland has been "abused" and there is an "urgent need" for mechanisms to protect fragile communities from the "irresponsible exercise of power". But Scottish Land & Estates - which represents landowners - says the report focuses too much on land ownership rather than land use, and also fails to adequately reflect the contribution made by rural businesses.
We take a trip to the seaside to hear why a naturalist from Dorset is calling on landowners and councils to stop clearing beaches of seaweed and natural debris.
And as part of our week about woodlands, we hear about new scrubland transforming a chalk down in Wiltshire and providing a lifeline for tree sparrows.
Presented by Anna Hill
Produced by Heather Simons
Raw milk, the Sainsbury's-ASDA merger, planting the National Forest and a poem for the equinox
Sales of raw, or unpasteurised milk, have been growing rapidly across England, Wales and Northern Ireland - from 610 thousand litres in 2014, to 3 million litres last year. Raw milk can contain harmful bacteria because it is unpasteurised. Selling it is illegal in Scotland. In the rest of the UK it's sold under license, and can be sold direct from the farm, online, or via a milk round; but it cannot be sold into shops or larger retailers. We meet farmers who want that rule to change...and ask the Food Standards Agency if it will.
Sainsbury's and ASDA have admitted that after a merger they will pay suppliers less for their products. In a combative statement after criticism about the proposed merger by the Competition and Markets Authority the supermarkets promise to cut prices for consumers by ten percent on everyday items.
As part of our week about woodlands, we visit the National Forest which is slowly growing across parts of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. Eight and a half million trees planted...many of them on prime arable land. We ask one of the farmers involved - why?!
And to mark the spring equinox, a poem.
Presented by Anna Hill
Produced by Heather Simons
Facial recognition technology to read pigs' emotions, red deer cull, Forestry Commission's writer in residence, and more
It's well known that pigs are intelligent and expressive animals. They are social and pig farmers are used to assessing their herds, by sight and sound. But now scientists say they could develop a facial recognition system to show how pigs are feeling, even if their mood is not so evident. We hear from Dr Emma Baxter from Scotland's Rural College.
A major operation is under way to cull red deer which are eating farm crops. Special regulations are being used in the Flanders Moss area near Stirling to give stalkers extra powers to target the growing herds.
The Forestry Commission has just appointed a new writer-in-residence; Zakiya McKenzie, who grew up in Jamaica. She describes how she hopes to connect people from a diversity of backgrounds to Britain's woodland and forests.
Over the last seven years, the spread of the fungal disease Ash Dieback has started to transform some woodlands, as dead trees are felled. In the long term, it's predicted that the disease could kill millions of trees. More immediately, government bodies are concerned that dead trees could prove hazardous near roads, railways and buildings. The Welsh government has now launched a forum to bring together those responsible for keeping public areas safe.
Presented by Anna Hill and produced by Beatrice Fenton.
Welfare standards for imported eggs, farm homeless hostel, British woodlands
Egg producers and animal welfare campaigners have joined together in protest over tariff plans for imported eggs. Compassion in World Farming describes it as a warning that ministers' promises on animal welfare after Brexit can't be trusted.
A farmer in Somerset has created a homeless hostel on his farm. 'The Dairy House’ can house up to seven people, and residents can stay for up to three months.
All this week we're going to talk about Britain's woodlands. Trees cover about 13% of the country but the government's Committee on Climate Change would like to see that increase to 19%. Professor Robert MacKenzie, Director of the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research, describes how this could be done.
Presented by Charlotte Smith and produced by Beatrice Fenton.
There's been a flurry of activity around Westminster this week, so what better time to talk to the next generation of farmers and find out more about their hopes, ambitions, concerns and plans for UK agriculture?
Charlotte Smith visits Cowage Farm just outside Malmesbury in Wiltshire - a diversified business involving cattle, pigs and arable, as well as commercial and private units.
She talks to Thomas Collins, who runs the farm and is also co-vice chair of the National Farmers' Union's Next Gen Forum, about future-proofing a modern farming business and gets some insight from his father James about the difficulties of handing over a family farm to the next generation, as well as the benefits of taking a step back.
Emily Hughes meets young farmer Rollo Deutsch, who isn't himself from a farming background but broke into agriculture through shepherding.
He now runs a flock of 800 on rented land near Stow-on-the-Wold in Gloucestershire, where she went to meet him.
Back at Cowage Farm, Charlotte and Tom are joined by Jeff Simpkins, whose family runs a dairy farm just down the road; he's also County Chairman of the Wiltshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs - and Alex Neason, a student at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, who's also the recipient of the John Innes Foundation bursary for students from non-farming backgrounds who want to make a career in agriculture.
Escaping from the blustery weather in the warmth of the farm kitchen, the group discuss how the past week in Parliament might impact Brexit and farmers and their hopes for the future of British agriculture.
Presented by Charlotte Smith; produced by Lucy Taylor