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Today: Tuesday 5th January

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The government is set to announce far-reaching changes to British farming to meet increasing demands for food. And President Obama will meet intelligence chiefs to discuss their failure to detect the Christmas Day bomb plot.


The Tories have promised to make tax changes in support of marriage if they win the general election. The party said "something" would be done to recognise marriage after the policy was deemed unaffordable. Tim Montgomerie, founder and editor of the Conservative Home website, examines the policy.


The government is set to unveil a new strategy for the future of farming, Food 2030. The policy rivals the 1947 Agriculture Act that came to dominate the post war period. Environment correspondent Tom Feilden looks back at the policies that have helped shape the British countryside.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The life story of a quantum physicist, Paul Dirac, has won the best biography category in the Costa Book Awards. The biography highlights the significance of the scientist's work despite his being widely unknown by the general public. The book's author Graham Farmelo discusses the scientist's strange life.


A suicide bomber who killed several CIA agents in Afghanistan last week, was an Al-Qaeda triple agent. The Jordanian doctor worked with the US but remained loyal to Al-Qaeda. Bob Baer, a former CIA field operative, discusses the incident.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The failed Christmas day bomb plot has reignited concerns over the possible release of Yemeni prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen gives his analysis of the increased international interest in Yemen. Correspondent Owen Bennett-Jones examines whether Yemeni Guantanamo detainees could be sent to Saudi Arabia's rehabilitation programme, which has considerable success in encouraging returning detainees to abandon Islamic extremism and reintegrate into civilian life.

The paper review.


Britain could be in the midst of the coldest winter for 100 years. Forecasters predict that the Siberian air which has settled over Britain will not release its icy grip until next week. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge put on her thermals and went out to meet those affected in unusual ways by the deep freeze.

Thought for the day with Canon Lucy Winkett, of St Paul's Cathedral.


Speculation on what deals could be made in the event of a hung parliament are raging in Westminster and Fleet Street. The Liberal Democrat leader, Nick Clegg, has said in an article for the Times today that his party is not up for sale. Mr Clegg discusses the Liberal Democrat election campaign.


A new agricultural strategy to meet future food demands and the challenges of climate change, is to be published today. Food 2030 aims to put consumers in the driving seat and encourage healthier, more sustainable eating. Environment Secretary Hilary Benn outlines the new initiative and the Daily Telegraph food columnist, Rose Prince, discusses the future of food supply.


Civil servants should not be used by governments to cost opposition policies, according to the general secretary of the First Division Association (FDA), Jonathan Baume. The comments come after Chancellor Alistair Darling used Treasury costings to analyse Conservative policies. Mr Baume discusses the civil service's role in the run-up to a general election.


The Best Art Vinyl 2009 award is to be announced today, celebrating the most iconic album cover for last year. Nominees include releases from the Pet Shop Boys, Grizzly Bears, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Andrew Heeps, the award's founder and a judge, and Phil Manzanera, former lead guitarist for Roxy Music and currently a record producer, discuss trends in album cover art.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.


2010 is set to be a big year in the nation's history. With an election looming, prospects of a new approach to the economy and social issues are high. Home editor Mark Easton, political editor Nick Robinson, and business editor Robert Peston comment on the challenges facing a new government.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Sea eagles could be reintroduced in East Anglia under new plans by Natural England and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Around 30 of the birds have already been released in Scotland in the last two years, but campaigners say the initiative is destroying the countryside. Robin Page, chairman of the Countryside Restoration Trust, and Dr Mark Avery of the RSPB, debate the plans.


Heavy snow is causing travel disruption, and is expected to spread. Andy Moore reports on the problems caused by the cold weather.


How far can markets decide the future of food supplies? The government is set to announce a more sustainable system and healthier choices for the consumer, and the Tories are promising to introduce an ombudsman to help producers deal with the power of the supermarkets. Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City University, and Andrew Opie, director of food policy for the British Retail Consortium, debate the future of food supply.


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