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So the Brexit trade deal nally made it across the line. And while it was frustrating that the deal came so late in the day, the eventual outcome has largely been welcomed by the farming industry. e deal means that trade should be ‘friction- free’ between the UK and the EU, but there is likely to be the added burden of extra red tape, something which is never welcome. All of this could add time and expense onto exports. ere will be an increase in inspections and paperwork, and in all likelihood these costs will get passed down the supply chain and be re ected in farmgate prices. As the dust se les on the new agreement, and the ner detail is delved into, only time will tell what impact all of this will have on dairy farmers. And as we enter a new era of agricultural policy, farmers around the country will also be keen to learn more about the ner detail of how farming will be supported going forward. It is vital that the Environmental Land Management scheme is t for purpose. e New Year came in with something of a whimper, and once again we nd ourselves facing an uncertain few (or more) months, as the country, and the world, struggles to get a grip on the global pandemic. Day to day farming will obviously continue, but once again trips o -farm look like being curtailed for a while yet. I am certainly missing days out of the o ce and actually being able to speak to people face to face. For the time being, however, there is a number of online events on o er, one being the upcoming Dairy-Tech Online (see pages 36-39 for more on this). e event organisers have put together a comprehensive line-up of speakers, but let’s hope it isn’t too long before we can all a end an actual physical event again