New look farm assurance standards for 2014

Red Tractor have completely revamped the farm assurance standards, making them significantly shorter, with simple easy to read content which clearly explains what each standard is, why it is important and what the assessor will be looking for.

Every three years the standards are reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and cover key reputational risks. There are some small changes and these changes have been clearly outlined in handy sector “What Has Changed” leaflets – the go-to guide for members to find out what they might need to do differently.

“Our farmers are busy people so I am sure they will welcome the clearer, shorter standards,” said Andrew Blenkiron, Red Tractor Vice-Chairman and farmer representative. ” We have had unprecedented input into the review from across the farming and food industry and are confident the balance is right. It is important our standards meet the requirements of customers as well as being practical and achievable to deliver on-farm.”

45,000 Red Tractor Farm Assurance members will be receiving a pack in the post in the next couple of weeks including a new standards manual for every assured enterprise, a guide to the manual, the ‘What has Changed’ leaflet applicable to each enterprise (including a useful checklist of all the changes) and revised Scheme rules. All these documents can be downloaded from the website www.redtractorassurance.org.uk/newstandards.

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