UK Farm Journo Tours Heartland

Jun 3, 2016

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How Americans view agriculture is not necessarily how the rest of the world sees farming practices. A British agriculture journalist recently stopped by the GLT studios during her trip across the U.S. as part of a fellowship studying U.S. farming practices and perceptions.

Anna Jones comes from an upland farm on the Welsh-Shropshire border and a long line of farmers, at least five generations. She said her family has 300 breeding ewes and a small suckler herd on about 200 acres, which is part-owned and part-tenanted.

Jones is a Nuffield Farming Scholar, sponsored to travel studying aspects of rural life.

Jones said the Nuffield Farm Scholar program operates in numerous countries, though not the U.S. She said that may change. It was named for William Morris, Lord Nuffield, and early auto maker in Britain.

Charlie Schlenker talked with Jones who works for the show Countryfile on BBC1.  Jones said her topic is how farming issues are covered and represented in the news media.