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I’m Anna – 19 years a journalist and all my life a farmer’s daughter.  I tell stories about agriculture, the environment and the relationship between urban and rural communities.  My first book ‘Divide‘ was published by Kyle Books in March 2022.


I’m also a freelance TV producer/director, radio producer/presenter, writer, blogger, Nuffield Farming Scholar and public speaker.

Before taking the decision to go freelance in 2018, I covered rural affairs at the BBC; directing BBC One’s Countryfile, producing and presenting Radio 4’s Farming Today, On Your Farm and Costing the Earth and reporting on agricultural issues for BBC News and the World Service. I write for various publications, ranging from trade press to national newspapers and magazines. I still occasionally work for the BBC in a freelance capacity.

I believe farming and rural issues deserve more attention and greater understanding in the mainstream media. I do my bit through good storytelling, thought-provoking journalism and enabling people at the grassroots of agriculture to share their own stories through my charitable communications project Just Farmers

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