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.
Pig producers have not benefited from EU support, but they can lead the way in delivering public goods if the UK’s post-Brexit regime is properly designed, says Ed Barker, senior policy adviser at the National Pig Association.
While EU member states argue over a ‘renationalisation’ of the CAP, Governments in the four nations of the UK are writing farming policy with no regard for common frameworks which could prevent unfair competition, says Dr Nick Fenwick, FUW director of agricultural policy.
The UK must develop a post-Brexit regional and rural development strategy which protects small family farms, argues Terry Marsden, professor of environmental policy and planning and director of the sustainable places research institute at Cardiff University.
The view that food security is an old fashioned concern which harks back to a world where German U-boats patrolled the Atlantic is dangerously complacent, says Stuart Roberts, vice president of the NFU.
After Brexit, Welsh farmers will need access to EU markets, greater opportunities to sell to the public sector and a single brand for promotion on the world stage, says John Davies, NFU Cymru president.
Brexit brings challenges and opportunities for the sheep sector, but farmers who keep doing what they have always done will not survive the big changes ahead, says Phil Stocker, chief executive of the NSA.
Adam Speed, communications manager at the Crop Protection Association, welcomes the Government’s ambition on agri-tech, but warns the draft EU withdrawal agreement will leave the UK behind when it comes to active substance approval.
Staying in the European Economic Area and re-joining the European Free Trade Association is the only way to satisfy leavers and keep Brexit economic damage to a minimum, says Pete North, editor of Leave HQ.
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.