Meetings are taking place across East Anglia to give farmers the chance to help shape the future of Britain’s agricultural policy.
NFU East Anglia is organising 14 meetings across the region in the first week of August to update members on current NFU thinking in key policy areas and to ask for their views.
NFU Regional Director Robert Sheasby said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for farmers to be part of deciding the future of British farming. We need as many members as possible to be involved.
“This consultation is taking place during the busiest period in the farming calendar but it’s vital that farmers across East Anglia take this chance to have their say.
“We’ve organised a series of breakfast meetings so farmers can be back on the farm and, weather permitting, back on the combine by mid-morning.”
The NFU is developing an options paper covering crucial areas such as trade, access to labour, financial support and regulation. At the meetings NFU County Advisers will update members on the paper’s draft findings and collate views to feed back as the final report is prepared.
Five larger member meetings are also being organised in the region for September, to gain additional views, before the finished document goes to NFU Council for approval on 11 October.
NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “We will consult our members, in every sector, in every county, to ensure that they have a say in shaping the future of farming for them, their children and their grandchildren.
“The contribution of this country’s farming and food industry to the economy, and to food security, should be taken extremely seriously by the UK government. We need a policy that ensures a profitable, productive and sustainable future for British farming. The NFU’s influence, with the backing of its membership, is paramount in this.”