The future and sustainability of arable farming podcast

Arable Chat is back with a brand-new episode which sees two inspirational arable farmers talking about sustainability and the future.

In light of the COP26 conference this month Matt Waldie, fourth generation farmer and manager of Gilston Mains in Fife, Scotland talks about growing oats for Quaker Oats, and the importance of LEAF Marque accreditation.

Farmer Tom

Our second guest is Tom Martin, or as you may know him Farmer Tom. Tom discusses how he only enter back into the farming industry in the last 6 years after his career as business consultant and having worked at Universal Pictures. His now established initiative, Farmer Time, brings farmers and schools together to share knowledge with children about the farming industry including the origins of their food and hopefully encouraging them to pursue a career in farming.

If you’re interested in the Farmer time initiative, head to to sign up.

You can listen to the episode here and on all major podcast platforms and you can leave us a review on Apple Podcasts.

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About The Author

John Swire - Editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.