The outcome of the election has given the industry chance to ‘reset and re-energise’ for 2020, NFU president Minette Batters has said in her New Year message.
And the New Year – marking the start of a new decade – should encourage farmers to ‘look ahead at the opportunities that lie before us’.
She said: “For the NFU, this means working with the government to ensure that British farming can thrive post-Brexit and creating every opportunity to champion our farming standards which are some of the best in the world.
“Top of the priority list must be reaching a trade deal with the EU – one which supports a profitable and sustainable UK farming sector – by the end of 2020.”
She added it was ‘imperative’ that food standards were upheld in international trade negotiations, especially with countries such as the US, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.
And as other countries are still making plans on how to deal with climate change, ‘the NFU is already working with farmers, the government and other stakeholders’ to help British ag become net zero by 2040.
Ms Batters added: “We know that we are leading the way in climate-friendly food production and that we are setting the global standard for sustainable food.
“Farmers can also be confident that the road to net zero agriculture is full of opportunities for them to grow their businesses, and we will continue to work with the government to implement effective incentives within the new Agriculture Bill.
“As an industry we have proven that British farming can be a leading voice in the face of great political upheaval, extreme weather events and increasing climate challenges.
“We are a driving force within the national economy, building food and farming’s contribution to £122 billion and employing more than four million people.
“We have the potential to be the number one supplier of choice for the British people, not just in retail but in out-of-home eating too.
“This is a time for us to be ambitious. This is a time for us to get in front of MPs and in front of the public like never before because we have a fantastic story to tell – from the value we put on animal welfare and environmental protection to the value we put on quality, nutritious, great tasting food.
“So over the next year let’s show politicians, the supply chain and the public what they can gain from backing British farming and from investing in its future.”