NFU Vice-President, Tom Bradshaw, will be attending this year’s Driffield Show, hoping to meet as many local farmers as possible at this pivotal time for the farming industry.
Attending the show for the first time, he says he’s really looking forward to the visit. As an arable specialist himself, he’s keen to see some of the superb crops for which East Yorkshire is renowned ahead of a harvest that, although late for some this year, looks set to be a real improvement on the very poor outcome in 2020.
“There is also a lot to talk about with the farming sector going through a period of unprecedented change,” he said. “From the development of the new Environmental Land Management Scheme to food policy, trade and promoting Brand Britain, the pace is frenetic at the moment.
“The Show presents a great opportunity for me to catch up with members and listen to their views on how they would like to take their farm businesses forward, as well as updating them on how the NFU is working on their behalf.”
As harvest beckons, Mr Bradshaw will also be encouraging farmers to get involved with the NFU’s annual #YourHarvest campaign, which aims to promote arable farmers’ positive contributions to food production, the farmed landscape and diverse habitats using social media.
“We need to showcase what we do to both the public and politicians,” he added. “This is especially important given the trade deal negotiations being conducted by the government. It is crucial that these deals do not allow cereals to be imported grown using pesticides and other products that are illegal here in the UK.”
York East County Chairman, Angela Kirkwood, said she was looking forward to welcoming Tom on his first visit to the area. "After we sadly had to cancel last year’s show, everyone is delighted to be back and we can’t wait to welcome NFU members and non-members onto our stand,” she said.
“Tom has great understanding of arable farming, contracting and farm diversification and is in a great position to give our local farmers an insight into the most pressing issues being dealt with by the NFU locally, nationally and internationally.
“We will be hosting an event for members on our stand from 2.30pm and hope to have a good turnout. This is a great opportunity to get the latest from the NFU before everyone’s attention turns towards harvest.”
As usual, the Show will also host the NFU’s award-winning Let’s Talk Farming Discovery Barn – a fun-packed interactive stand ideal for families with young children.