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.
A group of Defra civil servants who do not support commercial food production are in control of policy-making, says Norman Bagley, head of policy at the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS).
Sue Pritchard, director of the RSA’s Food, Farming and Countryside Commission, explains what her organisation is doing to influence the future of farming and rural policy, and how farmers can get involved.
John Fishwick, president of the British Veterinary Association (BVA), explains why the safety and security of the UK’s food supply depends on getting the Home Office to put vets on the Shortage Occupation List.
Defra’s proposals for a new environmental land management scheme will not be a success without a complementary sustainable food strategy, argues Lucy Bjorck, senior land use policy officer at the RSPB.
NFUS political affairs manager Clare Slipper asks how much longer politics can hold up progress on a future agriculture policy in Scotland, noting Northern Ireland, which has no Government, is further along in the process.
A proposal in Defra’s future farming policy consultation to decouple payments from land eligibility and cross compliance for the next few years is the kind of radical thinking the industry needs, says TFA chief executive George Dunn.
UK shoppers get a third of what they eat from other EU member states. Tim Lang, professor of food policy at City, University of London, tells the Government it must wake up to the importance of food security as it prepares for Brexit.