Following the recent flooding in Lincolnshire, the NFU has produced a briefing for NFU members on extreme weather and the potential implications for supply contracts.
Adapting to different weather conditions is an inevitable part of farming; however, sometimes there are extreme weather events, such as flooding or drought, which can cause serious problems on farm. One of the potential concerns following an extreme weather event is being unable to deliver produce in line with supply contracts where crop yields have been significantly reduced, or even wiped out.
This briefing provides general guidance on some key contractual principles which may be relevant. If you are concerned that you may not be able to meet your contracted tonnage following an extreme weather event, it is advisable to contact your customer to discuss your situation, as well as contacting NFU CallFirst to seek initial legal advice.