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British farmers and growers are inspirational. No other sector provides the foundation for the country’s largest manufacturing sector, food and drink; acts as custodians of the iconic British landscape; is central to a thriving rural economy; and is essential to the country’s net zero ambitions.
This report builds on the work done on soils in the NFU’s ‘Our environment, our food, our future’ report. It shows in more detail the proactive work farmers and growers are doing to improve soil health. It looks at the benefits of good soil management, and the challenges and opportunities that farmers face in protecting and enhancing our soil while producing climate-friendly food.
The NFU has outlined its export strategy to grow the UK’s agri-food exports by 30% by 2030, bringing the total value of UK agri-food exports to over £30 billion. The new ’30, 30, 30+’ ambition is designed to be achieved in partnership with government and should be a driving force to showcase the fantastic British brand and put British food on plates across the world.
Our NFU Conference 22 report puts forward a clear plan for a resilient, sustainable and productive agricultural sector that is good for shoppers, the environment and for British farmers. Launched on 22 February 2022.
Launched at NFU21, Levelling Up Rural Britain highlights how British farming and rural communities can provide the solution to many of the challenges the nation faces by driving sustainable food production and pioneering food policy that produces carbon-neutral food.
Our 'British Food: Leading The Way' report, launched on Back British Farming Day 2021, shows how the UK can reduce its reliance on food imports by harnessing the growth opportunities for home-grown foods, increasing British sourcing in public procurement, and through ambitious food and trade strategies.
British red meat and dairy has a great story to tell. But that story often gets drowned out because of the tendency to portray all farming all over the world as the same, even though it isn’t. This document helps dispel some of the major myths and misconceptions about British red meat and dairy production, their impact on the environment and the importance of red meat and dairy as part of a balanced diet.
Farming has played a key role in shaping the countryside we all enjoy today. Every sector – livestock, arable, horticulture, upland, lowland, organic, conventional and tenanted – and every type of farm continues to carry out a huge amount of work to protect and enhance the landscape, encourage wildlife, benefit soil and water, and reduce their impact on the climate.
Ahead of COP26 in Glasgow the NFU gives an update on its 2040 net zero ambition, how British farmers are producing climate-freindly food and what is needed to make sure the industry remains a global leader.
The NFU's Tree Strategy, published in July 2021, sets out key factors that must be considered when government is developing new tree-planting policy. Among others, it recognises the need to ensure the right tree species are selected to match the location and the need to address existing barriers to tree planting.
The NFU's Inspiring STEM learning through agriculture report demonstrates how farming and agriculture can be used effectively in the classroom to deliver crucial science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) lessons through real world examples.
The NFU's Integrated Water Management report calls for urgent action and investment to bring water infrastructure up to date to better cope with extreme weather events, from flooding to drought. The report sets out why a long-term, collaborative approach is needed, and how the NFU is calling for farmers and land managers to be part of the solution and take on-farm action to help achieve these goals.
British Farming: Setting the Standard gives examples of British farmers' high standards in areas such as traceability, animal welfare, plant health and the environment. It makes clear that future trade should celebrate and promote our high standards, rather than undermine them.
From consultations and campaigns to Brexit and Bills, the NFU Yearbook shows members how the NFU has worked for them and their farm businesses over the past year.
This booklet includes 26 case studies, from farms across England and Wales, showing how farmers are working towards net zero. The examples represent every farming sector and cover each of the three pillars outlined in the NFU's net zero plan: productivity, carbon storage, and renewables and bioenergy.
The challenges and opportunities of transferring EU pesticide regulation into UK law.
The Future of Food report looks beyond Brexit to 2040, exploring what we'll be eating, how we'll be buying it and the technologies that will influence food production.
The NFU is committed to making sure that farmers are not seen as a 'soft target' for criminals. Peaceful rural places may seem to be the last place to find criminal activity, but farming communities are often subject to a range of serious crimes (2018).
Food is essential to us all. The UK food chain is passionate about providing a safe, affordable and secure supply of food for the country. However, Brexit presents an unprecedented challenge to the affordability, availability, and choice of food for UK consumers (2018).
This report identifies a raft of actions and recommendations that will enhance the industry's export performance and add value through selling more great British dairy products abroad.
Our NFU Landscape & Access report showcases the extensive role British farming plays in maintaining the nation's iconic landscapes, and sets out how future policy needs to enable farmers to continue this pivotal role.
Achieving Net Zero: Farming's 2040 Goal (September 2019) sets out three pillars of activity that will help the industry to reach its ambitious goal.
Food and farming in the Fens has been delivering for Britain for hundreds of years. It was the prize of farming its fertile soils that first led to the Fens being drained, transforming it into the powerhouse of productive agriculture and horticulture it is today.
The four UK farming unions highlight the importance of building a new relationship with the EU and working together on areas such as trade, food standards, and science and innovation.
We recognise that farming has a key role to play in flood management. Where farmers provide a service in mitigating flood risk to help protect others this must be a coherent, planned component of total catchment management, for which farmers must be fairly compensated. In short, the government’s strategy to manage future flood risk must be to Plan, Protect and Pay.
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