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20 April 2017

NFYFC joined Farming and Landowning Organisations from across the UK in London to discuss the implications of Brexit and the General Election for the future of their sector in April.

The “Farming Brexit Roundtable”, chaired by NFU Deputy President Minette Batters, uniquely draws together organisations from all parts of the UK and all sectors and was set up toshare concerns and promote collective action over Brexit.

NFYFC's Vice Chairman Lynsey Martin (pictured) attended the Farming Brexit Roundtable for NFYFC. It was a timely meeting as it was just a few days before the Federation's AGRI Forum 2017. which also includes a separate discussion on Brexit, chaired by the NFU's Vice President Guy Smith.

The Farming Bexit Roundtable meeting concluded that:

"Farmers across the UK would welcome the cooperative spirit expressed around the table today. Every organisation wants to see our political parties recognise the importance of farming to the economy and the country. We want the parties to set clear policies that work for farm businesses, giving us certainty during the Brexit negotiations, but vitally well beyond the point at which the UK leaves the European Union.
 
"Our organisations welcome the commitment to honour EU payments until 2020, but farming is a long term business. Frankly the value of the assurance, given in August 2016, diminishes with each passing day. Farm businesses need to know the long term plans of our political parties over the next decade, not just the next two years. So we urge all parties to make their plans clear in their respective manifestos to give farmers the stability required to instil confidence for the future.
 
"We also considered the trading relationship in which farming will find itself post Brexit. It's clear that there is a pressing need to secure continuing access to the European Union market place as a priority. The vast majority of food exports are to the EU, lamb and cereals being good examples. So every sector needs there to be free and frictionless trade with the EU to thrive long term, or face economic calamity of over-supplied domestic markets. Again whatever the final outcome the next Government must secure a phased transition to the new trading arrangements".

The Farming Brexit Roundtable will continue to meet regularly during the course of the Brexit negotiations. The organisations attending the meeting were:
 
Country Land and Business Association
British Poultry Council
National Beef Association
National Farmers Union
NFU Cymru
NFU Scotland
National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs
National Pig Association
Royal Association British Dairy Farmers
Scottish Land and Estates
Soil Association
Tenant Farmers Association



12 April 2017

Defra is encouraging and supporting NFYFC's regional agri discussion groups over the coming months to ensure that your voices are heard.

Why? To focus on your future vision of agricultural policy

What happens first?  Defra holds engagement events for everyone – these are the high level engagement events taking place from May to July across the country focused on the future vision of agricultural policy.

What happens for YFCs? YFC regional events, specifically focusing on young farmers’ issues, are currently being devised (dates and venues to be confirmed)

What now?

  • There’s a ‘warm-up’ discussion after the main AGRI Forum 2017 at Annual Convention with NFU Vice President Guy Smith, Agri Steering Group Chairman Harriet Wilson and NFU Next Generation Chairman Richard Bower on Saturday, 22 April at 12.45 pm, Riviera Centre, Torquay.
  • Make a date to attend as many of the Defra events listed as you and your YFC members can – it’s your future, make sure you have your say!
  • Keep an eye out for news of YFC regional discussion meetings on the NFYFC news page and from NFYFC’s social media posts.

To see all details, dates and venues for the Defra discussion groups, please see the invitation from Defra.

Event dates and venues 10:30am – 4:00pm

24 April 2017 (West) The Royal Bath and West Society, The Show Ground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset

2 May 2017 (North) National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (NAFIC), Lakeside Conference Centre York

8 May 2017 (Midlands) NFU Campus, Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

15 May 2017 (North West) Lancaster Conference Centre, Lancaster University, Lancaster

7 June 2017 (East) John Innes Centre, Research Institute, Norwich

19 June 2017 (South West) University of Exeter Business School, Streatham Court, Rennes Drive, Exeter

26 June 2017 (North East) Newcastle University, King’s Gate, Newcastle Upon Tyne

4 July 2017 (South East) University of Surrey, Guildford



05 April 2017

This is a the question third year Harper Adams University student and Cumbria FYFC member Sarah Kidd is focussing on for her dissertation research project.  She’s exploring the opportunities and challenges rising from Brexit and wants to hear your views. 

Just follow this survey link and share ten valuable minutes of your time to help Sarah with what promises to be a key piece of research. 


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