NFU takes the farmed countryside to Conservative conference

NFU at the Conservative Party Conference 2017 - artist impression_46801Politicians and delegates at the Conservative Party Conference will be able to smell, touch, feel, hear and see British farming at the NFU’s Sensory Barn from this Sunday.   

The NFU’s first stand inside the conference proper, the Barn brings the all the elements of the British farmed countryside right into the city of Manchester. The stand brings to life the environmental and economic importance of farming, as well as its crucial role in helping to deliver food security for Britain.

It is located on the central route through the Exhibition Centre.

Each of the farming sectors – livestock, dairy, horticulture, poultry, sugar and arable – will be showcased within in interactive displays in the barn to the 11,000 conference attendees.

Delegates will be able to see the economic value of farming and food production in their own area, and can make clear their support for British farming on the pledge apple tree.

NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “The Conservative Party Conference gives us the perfect opportunity to speak to thousands of delegates and the party in power about the importance of British farming. The Sensory Barn certainly grabs this opportunity and puts farming and the importance of farming at the forefront of people’s minds. 

“In prime location, the Barn will celebrate all that British farming contributes to our nation, as well as offering the opportunity for people to learn about how farming impacts on their daily lives.

“With the UK now entering an important political period, it is vital that the value of farming and its contribution to the economy – in terms of jobs in the sector and GDP – our beautiful landscape and the food we all eat every day, is fully recognised.

“The NFU invites everyone at the Conservative Party Conference to experience the Sensory Barn and pledge their support for British farming.”

The NFU is hosting a fringe event on Monday 2nd October in conjunction with the Food and Drink Federation. Secretary of State Michael Gove will take part in the panel alongside NFU President Meurig Raymond and others.


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