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Whatever seemed relevant two months ago, perhaps only two weeks ago, has been turned on its head. None of us really knows what’s going on now, but the impact on everybody and everything is impossible to second-guess, says Oliver Dowding, arable farmer and agricultural spokesman for the Green Party in the south west.
Labour has not always done the best job of speaking for the countryside, but farmers need us to raise their concerns now more than ever, because uber-loyal Tories afraid of Number 10 won’t, says Shadow Defra Secretary Luke Pollard.
Having George Eustice at the cabinet table during such a pivotal time for agriculture will benefit farmers across the whole of the UK, says Andrew RT Davies, Welsh Conservative Shadow Rural Affairs Minister.
Almost four years on from the referendum, we still don’t know whether farmers will be able to sell into the EU market or if they’ll be undercut by substandard imports, says Deirdre Brock, SNP spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The Government is pushing several pieces of agriculture legislation through Parliament now, and as chair of the Efra committee and an FG reader, I intend to hold their feet to the fire every step of the way, says Neil Parish MP.
Farming in Scotland needs to change if we are to come close to meeting our climate targets, but the Scottish Government’s Agriculture Bill sets out no plans for reform, says John Finnie, Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands.
People suggesting farmers can grow more food to replace imports after Brexit fail to understand how difficult this will be made by new trade barriers holding up inputs, says Deidre Brock, SNP candidate for Edinburgh North and Leith.
At this crucial time, we need experienced voices in Parliament to hold Ministers to account and shape future farm policy, which is why I’ll stand again for Efra Committee chair if re-elected, says Neil Parish, Conservative candidate for Tiverton and Honiton.
The Scottish Government began working on future farming policy far too late, but farmers and crofters may finally start to get some of the answers they crave next year, says Mike Rumbles, Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East.
Farmers need to closely monitor their long-term businesses to curb the impact of Brexit’s short-term thinking, says Oliver Dowding, arable farmer and agricultural spokesman for the Green Party in the south west.
The outcome of this election is impossible to predict, but the implications for farming are huge. All parties should put the countryside and food at the top of the agenda, says Conservative Baroness Anne McIntosh.
The Tories have paid lip service to the agricultural sector over the past two years, but beyond the rhetoric, they’ve done very little to help farmers, says Kerry McCarthy, Labour candidate for Bristol East.
The row over convergence cash may be coming to an end, but farmers should remember the very recent harm Brexit’s architects have done to Scottish agriculture, says John Finnie, Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands.
The Labour Party does not give a hoot about farmers or food security – it would be happy to sell our rural community down the river, says Welsh Conservative Shadow Rural Affairs Minister, Andrew RT Davies.
In just under a month, the Welsh Government’s consultation on future farm support, Sustainable Farming and our Land, will close. Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths outlines why it is so important to have your say.
The Government’s refusal to levy no-deal tariffs on foreign imports will put pressure on UK farmers and risks flooding the domestic market with lower standard food, says Efra Committee chair Neil Parish MP.
If the Prime Minister suspends Parliament again, measures must be put in place to allow the Agriculture Bill to be carried over. Too much work would go to waste if it falls for a second time, says Shadow Defra Secretary Sue Hayman.
Agriculture is the only remaining primary industry in the economy yet it seems to have been ignored as a sideshow to the overall issue, says Oliver Dowding, arable farmer and agricultural spokesman for the Green Party in the south west.
The PM might appear to have a new-found fanaticism for ensuring Scottish farmers are paid what they are owed, but they can be forgiven for remaining sceptical of his motives, says Green MSP John Finnie.
The Chancellor gave Defra £20m to move away from the CAP in his Spending Review, but the department requested much more and was denied it, says Kerry McCarthy, Bristol East MP and Efra Committee member.
Farmers will survive a no-deal Brexit, though it will be damaging for British ag – but survival alone is not good enough for the UK, says Angela Smith, an independent MP representing Penistone and Stocksbridge.
America has lower animal welfare, hygiene and environmental standards than the UK, making it unfair to expect our farmers to compete with the US and remain profitable, says Ben Lake, Plaid Cymru’s Westminster ag spokesman.
British farmers have plenty of experience managing risk, and they are more than capable of surviving leaving the EU. Doom-mongers need to stop using them as a hammer to bash Brexit, says farmer and Brexit Party MEP Rupert Lowe.
Brexit is the focus of Defra’s attention, but Ministers need to stop ignoring day-to-day matters which are important to farmers, says Deidre Brock, SNP spokesperson for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Boris promised farmers £25m on his recent visit to Scotland, only to pledge the same cash to the NHS a few days later – proving he will not do what it takes to secure the ag industry’s future, says Mike Rumbles, rural affairs spokesman for the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
The launch this month of Farmers for Welsh Independence is another sign that the debate about the future running of our country continues to evolve, says Plaid Cymru shadow rural affairs minister Llyr Gruffydd.
Farmers know their livelihoods will be damaged by a no-deal Brexit, so the new Government must do everything in its power to avoid this situation as a matter of urgency, says Labour’s Shadow Defra Secretary Sue Hayman.
Boris is best-placed to pick up the baton and ensure we get a deal for Britain which keeps our economy strong, moves the country beyond Brexit, and brings back control, says Welsh Shadow Minister for Rural Affairs Andrew RT Davies.
Not only is Scotland being hauled out of the EU against our will, we are now faced with the prospect of being dragged back to the days of rationing in a no-deal Brexit, says John Finnie, Green MSP for the Highlands and Islands.
Brexit has sent the Tories mad, with polls now showing they are willing to inflict huge damage on the economy to leave the EU. But it is Scottish farmers who will pay the price, says Richard Lyle, Uddingston and Bellshill MSP.
GIs allow Welsh farmers to sell their produce at a premium, but a no-deal Brexit and future trade deals both pose a threat to their continued existence, says Ben Lake, Plaid Cymru’s agriculture spokesman in Westminster.
With a Government watchdog recently publishing a damning report on Defra’s post-Brexit ag scheme, farmers should use show season to raise their concerns about future policy with MPs, says Conservative peer Anne McIntosh.
Women are taking on key jobs in agriculture which in times gone by were reserved for men, but they still may not get a chance to reach their potential as things stand, says Stuart Agnew, UKIP MEP candidate.
There is a possibility the PM and Leader of the Opposition will reach a deal on Brexit, but it still may not get through the House of Commons, says Mike Hedges, Swansea East AM and chair of the CCERA committee.
Scottish farmers deserve to know when to expect an Agriculture Bill which will set out a real and tangible plan for their future, says Donald Cameron MSP, Scottish Conservative Shadow Rural Economy Secretary.
County farms can lead the way on good practice after Brexit, but they’ll need proper support from central Government to make this vision a reality, says Kerry McCarthy, Bristol East MP and member of the Efra Select Committee.
The UK needs a new oversight body, trusted by the devolved nations, to manage potential disputes about farm funding after Brexit, says Ceredigion MP and Plaid Cymru’s Westminster agriculture spokesman Ben Lake.
The Government is setting up several new bodies, including the OEP, but Ministers must establish an organisation to advise farmers on how to follow post-Brexit rules, says Conservative peer Anne McIntosh.
There are a range of factors contributing to poor mental health among farmers, but Ministers could ease one worry by removing Brexit uncertainty, says Mike Rumbles, Scottish Lib Dem agriculture spokesman.