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From the editor: Brexit saga shows need for resilience whatever your age

Suggestions the seismic shift of Brexit could cause one-in-five farmers to seek early retirement (page 1) will be either worrying or positive, depending on your view of the matter.

Suggestions the seismic shift of Brexit could cause one-in-five farmers to seek early retirement will be either worrying or positive, depending on your view of the matter.

 

Many older farmers, already feeling the younger generation breathing down their necks, may have further cause for concern and the feeling they are no longer wanted. Or, as is often the case, it might just give them greater resolve and obstinacy to carry on.

 

On the flipside, younger farmers and those wanting a foot on the ladder might be rubbing their hands at the prospect of getting hold of land and farms.

 

Whatever the view, it is obvious the departure from Europe is going to present huge challenges in the event of either a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ Brexit.

 

One of the most worrying aspects of the whole saga is the fact no-one seems to have a clue what is going on or what the likely outcomes will be.

 

Parliamentary aides were seen this week carrying documents in Westminster which apparently read ‘have cake and eat it’, in reference to the negotiating stance of Government, which shows worrying naivety.

 

If anyone thinks we will have access to the EU club and all its benefits without any of the negatives, they are the kind of optimist we are not renowned for fostering within the industry.

 

The only thing farming can do is try and build resilience and ensure farm businesses are as lean as they can be as the Brexit juggernaut rumbles on.

 

As the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust annual conference showcased last week, ingenuity and adaptation are not assets the industry is short of.

 

Listening to scholars who had changed their businesses or careers as a result of their travels was inspiring and at the cutting edge of forward thinking in farming.

 

The challenge for the industry is to ensure it draws on such minds, as well as all the resources at its disposal, and focuses on factors it can control. Brexit will be a bumpy ride and farming must be ready.

 

And finally...

 

The milk price continues to creep up, but 30ppl seems elusive for many at the moment. Keep an eye on www.fginsight.comfor the weekly movements.


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