Next generation farmers and growers from across the East Midlands visited Westminster this week (29 Jan) and met with Matt Warman MP for Boston & Skegness.
As part of the East Midlands engagement with our next generation, Danny O’Shea, Holland (Lincs) county adviser, took a group of aspiring farmers and growers to the Houses of Parliament this week.
Matt Warman MP kindly sponsored the event and, following a guided tour, gave up his time to meet with the group and take part in an open discussion regarding the issues facing our industry. In a frank discussion, the group raised the issues of rural crime in general and more specifically hare coursing and fly tipping. We also discussed rural connectivity and the struggle some farmers still face in achieving a decent broadband or even mobile connection.
During the day there was even time to meet with Rocky Lorusso, the NFU’s External Affairs Manager in London. He talked to the group about what the NFU is working on in London and how it is working closely with government to achieve the best possible deal post-Brexit and a future domestic agricultural policy.
NFU’s county adviser for Holland (Lincolnshire), Danny O’Shea said, “It was a real pleasure to take such a great bunch of next generation farmers to London. I think everyone enjoyed themselves. We definitely all learnt a lot from it.
“I’d like to thank Matt Warman MP for sponsoring the day. Having worked in Holland (Lincs) for a while now, I’m very aware of all the hard work Matt puts in for both his urban and rural constituents alike. He cares passionately about the rural community and our industry. I look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.”