It was encouraging to read Chancellor Philip Hammond’s statement last week that agricultural funding, currently provided by the EU, will continue until 2020, writes Andrew Cross, NFU Joint Agent and Group Secretary.
As NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “I hope this short-term certainty will help to deliver longer-term confidence and this is exactly what farm businesses need now.”
Farmers and growers across the nation are now being asked by the NFU for their input in this unique opportunity to design and mould domestic policy.
A post-Brexit options paper has very recently been launched by the NFU and will be provided to all members, along with a questionnaire to record their views, in their September issue of British Farmer & Grower magazine. The options paper is also available at www.nfuonline.com
This marks the start of a period of consultation with members, the largest in a generation, which will conclude on September 14. During this period, a nationwide series of consultation meetings will be held, where members’ views will be heard and built in to the final report.
Whaplode Manor, Saracens Head, is the venue for the local post-Brexit consultation meeting on Thursday, September 8 (8am). Please register your attendance on 01572 824250 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We at the South Holland branch would encourage as many members as possible to attend and have their say, while non-members wishing to enter membership in order to participate can contact the branch office on 01775 766579 to talk to one of the Group Secretaries.