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AgriChatUK takes to the Radio 1 airwaves

Published on 26th February 2014

AgrichatBBC Radio 1 played host to the AgrichatUK team as they took to the airwaves.

On Saturday, February 22, the AgriChatUK team was invited to the BBC Radio 1 studios in London as part of #AccessAllAreas month, to record their own one hour radio show

Over 1,000 entries were received from interested groups, with only 34 groups eventually being picked for the experience. 

The seven strong AgriChatUK team, including Guild members Simon Haley and Jez Fredenburgh, along with Becca Veale and Will Wilson, were guided through the show with the help of producer Aled Haydn Jones, who used to work on the Chris Moyles Show and now presents the Radio 1 Surgery on Sunday nights; he has also performed as the DJ at national YFC AGMs.

The team spoke with a variety of farmers such as Kate Beavan, Gareth Wyn Jones, Ally Hunter Blair and James Long on subjects ranging from technology in farming, to lambing, young farmers and welly wanging.

They also played ‘farming careers bingo’ and a game of ‘real or no real’ with the recently crowned Britain’s sexiest farmers, Rachel Churches and Graeme Moon.

The show was also interspersed with some classic tunes such as Primal Scream’s Country Girl and The Killers’ Mr Brightside, and with live tweeting activity from those within farming on Twitter on the #agrichatuk hashtag.

The show was made into a podcast, which is available to listen to here.

Simon said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to take farming to the masses through the power of radio.

"It is one which we can continue to share with the public as an insight to what farming can offer in the way of careers but also as a chance to show what a diverse industry it is, with innovation and technology at the forefront of activity”.

AgriChatUK hosts discussion on Twitter every Thursday evening and can be followed @agrichatuk

Ben Briggs

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