NFU media coverage: Flooding focus

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NFU President Minette Batters was in the Channel 4 News studio talking about the devastating impact flooding has had on farms. She highlighted the need for a long-term water strategy and reiterated the NFU's call for a review of how we manage water in the UK.

Mrs Batters was also interviewed live on BBC News Channel about the flooding where she discussed the launch of the NFU's General Election manifesto and the need for all political parties to commit to its asks on water.

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The impact of the flooding on farms and Mrs Batters' comments was covered widely across the national papers including the i, Metro and The Times, which also featured NFU member Henry Ward whose land is currently submerged under six feet of water.

In addition to this, The Times and The Telegraph report on Mrs Batters comments that the potato harvest is under threat from the flooding, where she says that while it is too early to evaluate the damage, up to 50% of this year's crop is currently still in the ground. NFU member Andrew Branton is also quoted in The Telegraph piece.

The Times has done a third article on the flooding, this time outlining the NFU’s asks that farmers should be paid to store water on their land to help protect communities from water damage. 

NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts was interviewed by Eamonn Holmes on TalkRadio about the need for rivers to be properly maintained to help prevent flooding.

Kay Burley interviewed NFU north east member Tom Bayston on Sky News about the flooding in Yorkshire. He stressed that the future government and its agencies need to work with rural communities to find a long term solution.

Where else have we been this week?

As the NFU launched its General Election manifesto this week, NFU President Minette Batters wrote a column for The Times’ Red Box where she called on the future government, and all upcoming MPs, to “celebrate and deliver the safe, traceable, sustainable and high-welfare food the public enjoy today, and in the future.”

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The President spoke to Evan Davis on BBC Radio 4 PM (23mins) about the NFU’s General Election manifesto after its launch on Tuesday, where she outlined the need for Britain’s highly valued food standards to be protected in future trade agreements.

The Press Association also took a deep dive into the manifesto which resulted in a piece on the Mail Online all about the need for the next government to maintain these food standards, quoting both Mrs Batters and NFU Cymru President John Davies.

Politico reported on the future of GM food in Britain after it was discussed at the NFU’s General Election manifesto launch. NFU President Minette Batters is quoted saying that GM has the potential to “drive enormously beneficial environmental outcomes.”

The NFU's joint campaign with Colman's kickstarted on Saturday with a four page advertorial in The Sun, titled Back Britain's Farmers. It featured a column from NFU President Minette Batters showcasing the quality food we have here in Britain, and the incredible farmers that produce it.

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The NFU took the Back British Farming message to the streets of London to support the Worshipful Company of Farmers at the Lord Mayor's Show. BBC1’s live coverage of the parade showed a Massey Fergusson tractor surrounded by the NFU's 10 Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors and discussed the hamper of British food products they presented to the new Lord Mayor William Russell. 

After receiving an NFU hamper full of British food and drink, BBC Radio 2's Sara Cox did a shoutout on her programme All Request Friday to all the farmers taking part in the parade. She also tweeted her support of British food and farming.

Radio X presenter Chris Moyles discussed the Worshipful Company of Farmers' entry in the Lord Mayor's show after newsreader Dominic Byrne received a birthday present of a Massey Fergusson toy tractor. They also read out a letter from the NFU about farming's part in the parade and expressed their support for British farmers. Listen again from 1 hour.

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on acess to labour here:

NFU media coverage: bovine TB

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on TB here:

NFU media coverage: Livestock farming

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NFU media coverage: BPS & environmental schemes

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on BPS and agri-environment schemes here:

NFU media coverage: Climate change

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on the climate change report and net zero emissions here:

NFU media coverage: Food standards

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on food production standards and imports here:

NFU media coverage: Brexit & The Agriculture Bill

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on Brexit developments here:

NFU media coverage: General licenses

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Read the NFU's national media coverage on the removal of general licenses for best bird species here:

NFU media coverage: US trade deal post-Brexit

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As US President Donald Trump began his state visit to the UK, the NFU made sure both the government and the public were fully aware of the issues at stake regarding any future trade deal the UK agrees with the United States post-Brexit. See the coverage. 

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