The Government has published a consultation paper on the future agricultural policy post Brexit.
The consultation paper, also known as the government’s “Command paper” is arguably the most significant development in government laying out UK agricultural policy since the passing of the 1947 Agriculture Act. It sets out the government’s strategy for post Brexit agricultural policy that will succeed the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
The government is keen to hear from farmers. Speaking earlier this year Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, said that “there are huge opportunities for those in agriculture to play the leading role in shaping the future strategy”.
The NFU is on the front foot and has already set out its vision for the future policy. The NFU’s Framework for Success sets out a bold and ambitious policy for farmers to succeed post Brexit. This vision gives us a solid foundation from which to respond to the consultation but we want to build on that, continuing the conversation with our members across the country.
How to have your say
Members of the NFU’s policy directorate will be on hand in the regions to present the government’s proposals, alongside what the NFU’s position has been and how the NFU’s response is developing. We want your input to make sure that each and every one of our members has an opportunity to have their say on this very significant consultation, so that together the voice of farming and its interests are heard loud and clear by government and members of Parliament.
If you would like to attend one of these meetings, please book your place with you NFU regional office. Find details for your regional office here. For members unable to attend, see the summary presentation given here.
How to make your voice heard
- Have your say at an NFU meeting in your region. Find out where your nearest meeting is here.
- Email your views to the NFU’s Brexit team at QnJleGl0QG5mdS5vcmcudWs= by 27 April.
- Get in touch with your national or regional sector board as it discusses the vision for British farming.
- Email Defra directly at YWdyaWN1bHR1cmVjb25zdWx0YXRpb25AZGVmcmEuZ3NpLmdvdi51aw==