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‘And now the Ship­ping Fore­cast, is­sued by the Met Of­fice on be­half of the Mar­itime and Coast­guard Agency.’ Ob­vi­ously es­sen­tial for those in peril on the sea, but a gen­tle, guilty plea­sure for us land­lub­bers. It’s pre­dictable, safe, snooze-but­tony, the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal ren­der­ing of the Nicene Creed. Then, in recog­ni­tion of the stub­born hang­ing on of the Church of Eng­land in ru­ral vil­lages, there is Prayer for the Day, fol­lowed by Farm­ing To­day: an en­tire slot ded­i­cated to the coun­try­side’s prime in­dus­try, to which a mil­lion of us tune in.

When I was a child in the 1970s, it was lis­tened to over fam­ily ba­con and eggs. Now, I lis­ten alone with a mug of cof­fee in one hand and the hy­draulic lever in the other. Farm­ing To­day is the in­vis­i­ble thread that con­nects farm­ers across the land, from crofters to corn barons. For 13 min­utes a day we lis­ten, and know we are lis­tened to—thank you Anna, Char­lotte, Caz and Sy­bil.

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