1 - 10 March 2019
NFU coverage in the media from last week had a strong focus on future trade deals and ensuring any food imports have been produced to the same high standards of British farmers.
NFU President Minette Batters’ reaction to the publication of the USA’s negotiating priorities for a future trade deal was quoted across the media. Minette appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme (1hr 44mins), reaching around 7 million listeners, where she said we should not accept trade deals which allow food imports into this country which have been produced in ways which would be illegal here. The Mail Online, ITV News, The Guardian, The Independent, iNews and the Metro also carried her reaction.
NFU Deputy President Guy Smith was interviewed over the weekend reacting to the US Ambassador Woody Johnson’s comments that Britain should embrace US farming methods. He was featured on BBC News Channel, BBC Evening News, LBC and BBC 5 Live where he reiterated that the high animal welfare standards of British produce should not be undermined.
NFU Dairy Board Chairman Michael Oakes appeared on TalkRadio discussing US farming methods. NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts spoke on BBC 5 Live commenting on Britain’s high food standards and future trade deals.
NFU member Will Dickinson spoke on ITV Evening News on Friday saying the Government has a duty to provide the public with food produced to high animal welfare standards, which British farmers adhere to. This was viewed by around 4.8 million people.
The NFU has numerous mentions in the Farmers Weekly this week. This includes NFU President Minette Batters quoted on future trade deals and ensuring that imported food has been produced to the same UK standards. The NFU is also mentioned when referring to the number of farmers that are still waiting for Countryside Stewardship payments from 2017.