MPs' top-line summary of dry weather and the impact on farming

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The NFU's External Affairs Team has circulated a top line briefing to MPs this week outlining the impact of this summer's dry weather on farming.

The two-page summary will be used as a springboard to brief MPs in more detail and to set-up in face to face meetings. 

In the briefing, which includes a sector by sector analysis, the Westminster-based team states: "The extended period of dry weather has placed additional pressures on farmers. A lack of rainfall has meant poor grass growth for livestock and dairy farmers, and some arable farmers will have seen no recordable rainfall at a critical time for their crops. In developing any new domestic agriculture policy, the government must recognise the unique exposure to volatility and market failure faced by farmers."

NFU members can read the briefing in full here.

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