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Hepatitis E in pork, Quinoa harvest, Crop genetics, Floating windfarms

Another knock to public confidence in food safety after it's revealed thousands may have contracted hepatitis E from imported ham and sausage. British pig farmers react. The world's first floating offshore wind farm has arrived in the waters off North East Scotland. Scientists at the John Innes Centre have been trying to untangle the genetics that control and regulate yield and believe they've made a breakthrough. And the quinoa harvest in the West Country. Presented by Caz Graham and produced in Bristol by Beatrice Fenton.

Harvest overview, Agricultural retail, A play called Cow

Bill Clark at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany talks to Sybil Ruscoe about how this year's harvest is going for farmers across the country and why the varying weather in the North and South of England has made such a difference to yields. Farm supply stores are struggling, despite being more than just a shop for many consumers. Suzie Horne from Farmers Weekly explains some of the reasons why this sector is coming under pressure. A play called 'Cow' at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is exploring issues like isolation in the countryside, farm safety, second homes and falling farm incomes. Nancy Nicolson's been to meet the creator of this one-woman show, Jessica Barker-Wren. Presenter: Sybil Ruscoe Producer: Toby Field.

Farming Today This Week: Farming in Scotland

Farming Today This Week's summer series, shining a light on food and farming practices in different regions of the UK, finishes up in Scotland - more specifically, at the bustling Lairg lamb sale. Nancy Nicolson soaks up the atmosphere and chats to auctioneer David Leggat, who's sold lambs at the site for decades, about the current market for sheep farmers and buyers; John Fyall, chair of the National Sheep Association in Scotland about industry's dependence on European markets and recent calls for lynx to be released in several sites across Scotland; Joyce Campbell, a farmer and entrepreneur based in North Sutherland, who also sits on the new government task-force focusing on women in agriculture; and buyer John Roberts, who's travelled to the sale all the way from North Wales. Nancy also finds out more about the ingredients that go into Scotch whisky - not all of which are sourced from Scotland - with farmer Gordon Rennie, discusses the world of crofting with Crofting Federation chairman Russell Smith, and hears from reporter Richard Baynes on government plans to give the country's wild beavers protected status.

Hydroponics champion, Sustainable Scottish farms, Livestock trade

Sybil Ruscoe speaks to Adam Dixon about his hydroponic growing system which has led to him being short-listed for the European title of United Nations Environment Programme Young Champion of the Earth. Nancy Nicolson reports on a project in Scotland which aims to put a value on the link between farming and the environment. The UK Livestock Brexit Group is calling for the Government to get cracking with new global trade deals to take advantage of the opportunities when the UK leaves the European Union. Their Chairman Chris Dodds explains why. Presenter: Sybil Ruscoe Producer: Toby Field.

New report on Brexit and farming, Volunteer shepherds, Beavers

A new scientific report from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Belfast examines the potential effects that Brexit may have on farming, and it makes for tough reading for sheep farmers. BBC Northern Ireland Agriculture Reporter Elaine Mitchell talks through the various outcomes and explores the impact of recent Government discussions regarding trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Mariclare Carey-Jones reports on the volunteer shepherds who are taking to the hills on behalf of Gwent Wildlife Trust. Beavers - a joy to some, a pest to others. Richard Baynes reports on plans to make these divisive creatures a protected species in Scotland. Presenter: Sybil Ruscoe Producer: Toby Field.

Dairy farmers speak out in reaction to BBC 1's Countryfile, Scotch whisky, Cotswold Way online

Dairy farmers speak out in reaction to BBC 1's Countryfile, which reported that thousands of bull calves in dairy herds are being shot at birth. Farmers say it's just not the case. We hear from the programme's producer. Not all Scotch whisky is made with Scottish grain, and one Fife farmer believes it's time the industry was honest about the provenance ofthe ingredients on the bottle's label. Walking routes such as the Cotswold Way in the west country have now been photographed and uploaded to Google Street View. Presented by Caz Graham and produced by Beatrice Fenton.