Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
Tory Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary in Wales, Andrew RT Davies, asks how the Welsh Government can develop a coherent UK framework for post-Brexit ag policy when it is copying the SNP in opposing Union Jack food labelling.
Just as the UK Government becomes responsible for food security for the first time in more than 40 years, the issue has drifted off Ministers’ agenda. The Labour Party will do all it can to ensure its importance is recognised, says Sue Hayman, Shadow Defra Secretary.
Julie Girling, MEP for South West England and member of the EU Agriculture Committee, questions why the UK is leaving the CAP when the ‘better parts’ of the Agriculture Bill simply replicate the EU system.
The value of Welsh produce will only be fully realised when Wales increases its own processing capacity, but the ‘Brexit and our Land’ consultation failed to tackle this issue, says Conservative Shadow Environment Secretary Andrew RT Davies.
Direct payments provide stability and security to farmers. The Welsh Government needs to acknowledge the massive impact removing them would have on food production, rural communities and the Welsh language, says Llyr Gruffydd, Shadow Rural Affairs Secretary.
The Scottish Government’s refusal to set out a long-term post-Brexit plan is leaving Scotland’s farmers behind their counterparts in the rest of the UK, says Edward Mountain, Highlands and Islands MSP and convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee.
The crippling tariffs farmers would face in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would bankrupt them and make the UK even more reliant on food imports, says Tim Farron, agriculture spokesman for the Liberal Democrats.
The Government’s technical notices to help businesses prepare for Brexit show just how hard the food system would be hit in a no-deal scenario, says Kerry McCarthy, Bristol East MP and Efra Select Committee member.
Several pieces of serious research have shown Scottish farmers and the rural economy would be hit hard by a no-deal Brexit. The UK Government must do everything in its power to avoid this catastrophe, says Richard Lyle, MSP for Uddingston and Bellshill.
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.
Abattoirs should register as Trusted Traders under WTO rules to allow British meat exports to flow to the EU in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, says Stuart Agnew, UKIP MEP and EU Agriculture Committee member.
The Brexit threats to sheep farmers, who provide environmental benefits as well as food, have been woefully underestimated and Ministers need to ensure they are not collateral damage, says Julie Girling, South West MEP.
Welsh Tories will not accept the Barnett Formula being used to determine devolved funding for agriculture after Brexit, and have made this crystal clear to Defra Secretary Michael Gove, says Paul Davies, interim leader of the Welsh Conservatives.
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.