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.
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.
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.