LAMMA is the UK’s largest agricultural trade show, where over 850 exhibitors will host the most extensive array of farm machinery, equipment, and services to be found in one location anywhere in the UK.
When even hardline Brexiteer Nigel Farage is admitting Brexit could be ‘bad news for British farmers’, you know things are not looking pretty for the industry, says Paul Brannen, North East MEP and Labour’s EU agriculture spokesman.
The Welsh Government should invest in organic conversion to provide a viable future for farmers after Brexit, says Llyr Gruffydd, North Wales AM and Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs.
Scotland’s new Agricultural Weather Advisory Panel was billed as a rapid taskforce, but has done nothing except talk about fodder shortages, says Edward Mountain, MSP for the Highlands and Islands and convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee.
EU rules which ban the cultivation of GM food are likely to be stripped away in the UK after Brexit, says Molly Scott Cato, Green MEP for the South West and a member of the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee in the European Parliament.
Welsh Government Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths has unveiled proposals for a new Land Management programme for Wales post-Brexit. Here she explains what those proposals mean for land managers in Wales.
The Defra Secretary may have sidestepped pre-legislative scrutiny on the Agriculture Bill, but MPs will be doing all they can to hold him to account on farming’s post-Brexit future, says Angela Smith, Penistone and Stocksbridge MP and Efra Committee member.
Wales must have a proper say on future farming policy, agricultural funding and trade arrangements after Brexit if its hill farms are to have the best possible future, says Jonathan Edwards, Plaid Cymru MP for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr.
Farmers can boost food production and their incomes by planting more trees, but Defra’s policy consultation largely overlooked the opportunities of agroforestry, argues Labour MEP and EU agriculture spokesman Paul Brannen.
The Welsh Government’s decision to accept the UK’s post-Brexit devolution offer has left mandarins in Whitehall thinking Wales is ‘steamrollable’, according to Simon Thomas AM, Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary.
Defra Secretary Michael Gove’s determination to bash farmers for ammonia emissions, while ignoring air pollution from road transport, shows the Government is not serious about clean air, argues Green MEP Molly Scott Cato.
Defra Secretary Michael Gove’s post-Brexit farming policy has been written in Westminster, with no regard for its impact on rural communities, says Tim Farron, agriculture spokesman for the Liberal Democrats.
Cutting support payments for farmers means they must be able to rely on fair supply chains, says MP Kerry McCarthy. The UK Government could learn something from the EU approach which is seeking to protect small producers.
Public money for public goods may be the only way to keep the Highlands and Islands viable after Brexit, but politicians shouldn’t forget producing food is what gets farmers out of bed in the morning, says Peter Chapman, ex-Scottish Conservative rural affairs spokesman.
The Scottish Government’s failure to put in place a plan for agriculture after Brexit increases the likelihood that farmers’ cash will be redirected to other priorities, says Mike Rumbles, MSP for the North East of Scotland.
The UK Government’s decision to legally challenge Scotland’s version of the EU Withdrawal Bill proves Westminster does not care about Scottish voters, says Richard Lyle, MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill.
Politicians must lay the foundations for a profitable and sustainable agricultural sector, but farmers also have a role to play in responding to public concerns about the industry, says Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Welsh Conservatives.
Neil Parish MP, chair of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, explains why he believes recent foreign policy developments highlight the importance of domestic food production and security.
Edward Mountain, MSP for the Highlands and Islands and convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, calls on the Scottish Government to ‘accept Brexit is happening’ and start planning for it.
New plans to spend 40 per cent of the CAP budget on climate action have given anti-glyphosate MEPs on the EU Environment Committee a chance to bid for control of agriculture policy, says Stuart Agnew, UKIP MEP and Agriculture Committee member.
The recent CO2 shortage which affected supplies of beer, fizzy drinks, crumpets and pork has given the UK a taste of the chaos a bad Brexit deal would bring, says Kerry McCarthy, Bristol East MP and Efra select committee member.
County farms offer new entrants a real opportunity to get a foot on the farming ladder, but their future existence is threatened by Government cuts to local authority funding, says Shadow Defra Secretary Sue Hayman.
Politicians must help farmers to unlock all the potential in domestic markets as the UK leaves the EU, says Edward Mountain, MSP for the Highlands and Islands and convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee.
Ministers must create a National Agricultural Group which brings civil servants from all Government departments together to ensure a joined-up food and farming policy after Brexit, says Stuart Agnew MEP.