The NFU will launch the sector's most significant conversation on the impact of Brexit and what a future domestic farming policy should look like.
At an extraordinary Council meeting, NFU President Meurig Raymond said the government must not ignore the economic importance of the farming sector. It’s the bedrock of the UK’s largest manufacturing industry - food and drink - which is worth £108billion and employs 3.9million people.
Mr Raymond said: “NFU Council has today agreed the principles of a domestic farming policy which will now form the basis of the biggest farming consultation in England and Wales for a generation. Currently there are lots of uncertainties – trade agreements, labour, financial support and legislation are all up in the air – but the NFU is committed to providing this industry with leadership.
"We will consult our members, in every sector, in every county, to ensure that they have a say in shaping the future of farming for them, their children and their grandchildren.
“The contribution of this country’s farming and food industry to the economy and to food security should be taken extremely seriously by the UK government. We need a policy that ensures a profitable, productive and sustainable future for British farming. The NFU’s influence, with the backing of its membership, is paramount in this.”
The agreed principles from NFU Council are: