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CURRENT EPISODE No 74  28 minutes     Published 27 July 2022 

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A year after the eye-catching acquisition of BAGMA, the UK dealer trade association by the AEA, representing UK manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, CEO Ruth Bailey talks about the behind-the-scenes integration during the past 12 months.

Although AEA and BAGMA are still two separate organisations, albeit operating under the same roof, Ruth hints that might not always be the case and that ‘nothing is off the table’.

In a wide-ranging chat, we talked about the initial priorities, reflections on the post-Covid era, the value of dealerships, industry consolidation, recruitment and awareness of our industry.

TWO INTO ONE with Ruth Bailey
 

PREVIOUS EPISODE No 73  43 minutes     Published 15 July 2022 

BRICKING TRACTORS with Cory Doctorow
 

Earlier this year, it was reported that tractors and combines worth more than $5m stolen by Russian troops from a John Deere dealership in Ukraine had been remotely disabled - and could not be used. 

It was a feel-good story in the midst of so many distressing reports and images coming out of this destructive conflict. But was the bigger picture more worrying?

 

I speak with Cory Doctorow, an author with a special interest in protecting human rights in this digital age.

LISTEN TO BRICKING TRACTORS Episode 73

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EPISODES in the TURF season of Inside Agri-Turf

EPISODE 72:  PITCH PERFECT with Jason Booth

Jason Booth made the move from aspiring professional cricketer with Yorkshire CCC to grounds management. He is now Chief Operating Officer of the Grounds Management Association (GMA) and has responsibility for the Pitch Advisory Service (PAS), funded by Sport England, with the aim of achieving continual improvement in the playing surfaces at an estimated 75,000 grounds used for recreational and community sport.

LISTEN TO EPISODE 72 with Jason Booth

EPISODE 71:  Talking Turf with Stephen Edwards (InTurf)

Chris talks to Stephen Edwards, who along with his twin brother Alex, runs InTurf, one of the UK's largest and longest established suppliers of natural grass.. They discuss the turf growing cycle, the logistics and timeliness of the operation, irrigation, the ban on exporting turf to Europe since Brexit - and of course the fake (plastic) grass versus natural grass debate.

LISTEN TO EPISODE 71 with Stephen Edwards

 
EPISODE 70:  How Jimmy the Mower Cut Through
In conversation with Jimmy Broadhouse aka Jimmy the Mower about a single Twitter post went viral and resulted in his emergence as a Turf Influencer and media personality with appearances on national television and newspapers
LISTEN TO EPISODE 70 with Jimmy the Mower


EPISODE 69:  From World Cup to Grass Roots 
Keith Kent has scaled the heights of his profession. He has presided over the preparation of pitches for the English Premier League, England football internationals, England Rugby internationals and the Rugby World Cup Final.  He had been head groundsman for Manchester United, before changing codes to take charge of the pitch at Twickenham the home of English Rugby
LISTEN TO EPISODE 69 with KEITH KENT
 
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YOUR HOST

Chris Biddle

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Chris has worked in the agricultural and turfcare machinery industry since the 1960s,  both for manufacturer and dealer. He subsequently launched industry trade magazines which he built up over 30 years before selling them.

 

He also edited a number of magazines for industry bodies before 'retiring' in 2019.

 

When lockdown came in the Spring of 2020 he decided to teach himself podcast production and audio editing. The result is Inside Agri-Turf.  Using his extensive 60 years industry experience and industry know-how, he launched the first episodes in July 2020 and has quickly grown a substantial number of listeners worldwide. 

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