The future of farming up for debate

The latest edition of Farm Business mixes analysis of the latest Brexit developments, alongside some fascinating on-farm stories and advice.

The Agriculture Bill is currently making its way through the Committee Stage in the Commons, with some hugely important issues up for debate, including future funding and important standards (see p1). There is a long way to go, but it is encouraging that the industry has some good support among MPs on the Bill Committee.

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Richard Wright details the latest blow to Trade and Industry Secretary Liam Fox’s Brexit plans, while NFU vice president Stuart Roberts expresses his concerns about a possible no deal. But Stuart falls back on personal experience to highlight farming’s resilience over many decades and his belief that the industry will work through whatever is thrown at it. As he says, people will still to eat after we leave the EU. 

Stuart also has some important insights into the need for the farming industry to open up on mental health – and treat it like any other injury or illness.

We also have the extraordinary story of the Welsh farmer exporting flavoured UHT milk to China and beyond and we profile the 2017 Food and Farming Industry Awards Agronomist of the Year, Andrew Goodinson, who delivers some key messages on nurturing our soils.

 

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About The Author

John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.