Michael Gove delivered what could prove to be one of the most important speeches for UK farming in living memory in Oxford this week. Farm Business looks at the detail in the speech.
The Defra Secretary appeared at both Oxford events – the long-established Oxford Farming Conference and the rival Oxford Real Farming Conference – on Thursday morning. The speech, which outlined a plan to introduce a new farm support system focusing on public goods, via a five-year transition period, after we leave the EU, was generally well-received at both events.
There was more in there, too, on trade and UK production standards, public procurement, technology, red tape and the supply chain, for example. However, final judgement will be reserved until we see more detail around this ambitious set of policy ideas.
On pages 8 and 9, we report in more detail from Oxford on what the speech means, how it was received – and Alistair Driver asks whether Mr Gove can realistically deliver it.
Also in this edition of Farm Business, we feature a Staffordshire farmer on a mission to encourage farming to give back to society by helping those struggling to afford to feed themselves.
We hear from AHDB’s Tom Hind on the latest campaign to promote the benefits of dairy products, while Richard Wright tackles the media’s approach to the thorny issue of halal meat.