Farm safety, digital training and a ‘squeezed middle’

Farm Safety Week

The Agri Food Comms-Cast delves into the ‘story behind the story’ of the biggest news reports and campaigns in the agricultural and food sectors.

In this podcast episode, we learn about the impact of Farm Safety Week, how training in agronomy is being delivered digitally and a ‘squeezed middle’ in the food, drink and hospitality sector during COVID-19.

The overarching theme of this year’s Farm Safety Week, taking place 20 to 24 July, is ‘take safety seriously’. With a different topic each day, Farm Safety Foundation manager, Stephanie Berkeley, explains the aim of the campaign is to spread awareness of poor safety records on UK farms and to help reduce the number of farming related accidents.

Stephen Jacob, BASIS CEO, leads on to describe how training in agronomy that predominately took place in a classroom or in the field prior to COVID-19 has successfully moved into the digital realm.

And finally, Paul Rooke, executive director at the British Coffee Association explains how the food, drink and hospitality supply chain has experienced a ‘squeezed middle’ since the sector came to a halt at the start of lockdown and what action has been taken to lobby the UK government and influence policy.

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