Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
At a time when the industry is up against increasing levels of scrutiny, Farmers Guardian has launched a feel-good campaign directed right at the heart of those who are proud to farm.
Running over 52-weeks, Farming: The Backbone of Britain will shine a light on the good times in the industry, ramp up positivity and kick-start the adventure in the tracks of the community’s most defining moments.
The campaign will host a variety of content from farmer profiles, iconic landscapes and community legends to rural skills and the role of up and coming agricultural gold star services. Get involved by using #ProudToFarm.
Women were instrumental in agriculture throughout World War I and here, Cherish Watton, Women’s Land Army historian and founder of womenslandarmy.co.uk, shares an account from former Land Girl Dorothy Eddowes.
Based on the true story of his great uncle, farmer and author Ed Green has written a book on his family history, detailing the young soldiers account from his family farm in Somerset to the Somme battlefield.
We want to make sure every single politician in parliament is aware of the benefits farming brings to wider society – whether that’s producing high-quality food, looking after the environment or shaping our iconic British landscapes which are a magnet for tourists from all over the world.
As the UK prepares to leave the EU and establish its own domestic agricultural policy, there’s never been a better or more important time to shout about how proud you are to farm, so why not let your MP know?
Top tips for writing to your MP
Always make sure you’re writing to your own MP. Other MPs won’t be able to respond. If you don’t know who your MP is, you can use parliament’s website, here, to enter your postcode and find all his or her contact details.
Be personal. MPs get bombarded with digital campaign e-mails all the time, and some no longer bother to respond to these because they think their time would be better spent doing something else. Make sure your correspondence explains your circumstances and any concerns you have.
Be patient. It can take some MPs more than a month to respond to letters and e-mails because they get so many queries. Don’t be disheartened if you have to wait a while.
Be polite. You might not like your MP’s politics, but they’re doing a job just like anyone else. Don’t be tempted to send rude or sarcastic correspondence. It won’t help your cause.
Don’t expect the earth. MPs can be limited in what they can actually do to help you. Sometimes they might forward your letter on to a Minister for a response, or secure a Westminster Hall debate. Other times it’s just enough that you’ve reached out and let them know your concerns.
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Why are you proud to farm?
A Word From The Editor
"Taking pride in your job and way of life sounds simple, yet it is not always a straightforward task. After a brutal winter and late start to spring, optimism has been in short supply in farming and has added to a feeling of being under the cosh after months of deflecting criticism from the likes of environmentalists and animals rights activists.
That is where Farmers Guardian’s new campaign - Farming: The Backbone of Britain - comes in. It is a feel-good celebration of the people, places and attributes that make British farming such a wonderful entity and it will shine a light on agriculture’s cast of characters over the next 12 months.
FG has been banging the drum for agriculture for the past 174 years and now feels like the right time to once again shout about the great things agriculture provides beyond simply food production".