The NFU would like to express its sincere thanks and appreciation to the 2019 conference sponsors and exhibitors organisations:
BP UK is a leading UK red meat processor, operating across 15 locations, working with over 12,000 farmers. It is a significant contributor to the UK rural economy and has been delivering premium quality meat for the UK’s retail, food service wholesale and manufacturing sectors for over 60 years.”
AHDB works with farmers, growers and processors to deliver a world-class food and farming industry inspired by, and competing with the best. We have expert regional presence across England, Scotland and Wales and a dedicated resource overseas to develop export opportunities. To help industry be ‘Fit for the Future’ our collaborative projects deliver farm-based knowledge on best practise, support farmer to farmer learning, upskill and professionalise the work force, provide insight into consumer trends and market information, publish technical guides and much more.
Aldi is proud to support British farming and this year’s NFU Annual Conference. All of Aldi’s core range of fresh meat, eggs, milk, butter and cream products are sourced from British, Red Tractor approved farms. We were the first retailer to sign the NFU’s Fruit & Veg Pledge and remain the only retailer to have signed the NFU’s Plants and Flowers Pledge.
Founded in the 1960s by Yorkshire dairy farmers, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers and helps customers save money and live better in stores and online. Each week more than 18 million customers visit its 652 stores across the UK and are served by 165,000 colleagues. Asda.com deliver to 99% of UK homes and 500 click & collect sites. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.
The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and improve quality of life in the UK and beyond. In 2017-18, BBSRC invested £498M in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public, including sustainable agriculture and food security research.
CF Fertilisers UK Ltd
The iconic blue bags, that deliver the highest quality, best performing fertilisers to UK farmers. CF invest and manufacture at both its state-of-the-art Ince and Billingham sites, producing market leading fertilisers that make a real difference to farmers - optimising crop performance and yields. Nitram is the market leading product and has been the farmer’s first choice for over 50 years. A proven and highly efficient source of Nitrogen. Visit www.cffertilisers.co.uk.
Co-op is a leading convenience food retailer with more than 2,500 stores, and we are the UK’s largest co-operative business, owned by millions of members. We provide our customers with good quality and responsibly-sourced, great-value foods, as well as championing issues that matter to our customers and members. We take great care in understanding where our products come from, what ingredients go into them and how we can make our business operate more efficiently. That’s why we are a leading supporter of British food and farming.
Crosse & Blackwell
Crosse & Blackwell, owned by the international food and drink group Princes, is one of the best-known British grocery brands and has been enjoyed by generations of families. Crosse & Blackwell is proud to use a broad range of British sourced ingredients in the production of our extensive range of quality canned soups. We are proud to work alongside and in support of British farmers and growers.
Farm Africa is an innovative charity that reduces poverty in rural eastern Africa by helping farmers grow more, sell more and sell for more: we help farmers to not only boost yields, but also gain access to markets, and add value to their produce. We place a high priority on environmental sustainability and develop approaches that help farmers to improve their yields and incomes without degrading their natural resources. www.farmafrica.org
Frontier Agriculture is the UK's leading crop production and grain marketing business, recognised for its close customer relationships with farmers and grain consumers and its successful management of the arable supply chain. Frontier has 44 sites across the UK and employs more than 1100 colleagues. Operating across all aspects of arable crop production and grain marketing, Frontier supplies seed, crop protection products and fertiliser to farmers, as well as providing specialist agronomy advice through our team of 140 agronomists. Frontier's grain marketing business has well-established contracts with the UK's key grain consumers, giving our farmer customers unrivalled access to end markets.
HSBC UK Agriculture is delighted to be a sponsor for the 2019 NFU Annual Conference. As one of the UK's leading banks in the agriculture industry, our national network of 90 dedicated specialist agriculture managers are focussed on providing support so you can make the most of opportunities that arise and progress your business. We are proud to be the bankers for the NFU and greatly value the relationship we enjoy with both its office holders and members alike. We wish the NFU, its staff and members a very successful Conference and farming year ahead.
LAS - NFU Legal Assistance Scheme
The Legal Assistance Scheme (LAS) is a benefit for farmer and grower members, costing just £35 + VAT per year.
The scheme offers financial support of up to £6,000 towards fees incurred fighting disputes, relating to your farming and growing business.
We also offer advice and assistance via CallFirst on 0370 845 8458 - if the initial advice doesn’t resolve your issue you can be referred to one of our legal panel firm partners in your area for more in-depth legal advice.
The NFU Legal Panel Service is made up of 16 firms of solicitors carefully selected for their proven track record of excellence, reputation and experience in agricultural and horticultural matters. Their expertise, coupled with their understanding of the needs and businesses of farmers and growers gives our members peace of mind.
The firms offer savings to our farmer and grower members of up to 12.5% on their hourly rates as well as fixed fees on specific matters.
You can also benefit from a free initial phone discussion with a panel firm solicitor before formal instructions are given. For more information visit nfuonline.com/LAS
At Lidl we are committed to making good food accessible to everyone, and take pride in offering our customers the highest quality products at the lowest possible prices across our 730 stores throughout England, Scotland and Wales. We have long been passionate about supporting British farmers and are proud to have developed and maintained strong, long-standing relationships with our suppliers, whose growth we are committed to supporting. Two thirds of our core range is sourced from British suppliers and we now export over £300m worth of British produce a year. In 2017, we were proud to sign the NFU's Back British Farming Charter following our backing of the union's Fruit and Veg Pledge in 2016.
M&S is one of the most trusted brands in the world and we are proud of our long-standing and close working relationships with UK farmers and growers. Our ‘Farming for the Future’ programme helps farm businesses identify opportunities for improvements in efficiency, environmental performance and ethical practice, to help improve profitability. We also have an education programme to encourage young people into agriculture.
Morrisons is one of the UK’s largest food retailers serving around 12 million customers each week. Uniquely, we source and make most of the fresh food that we sell through our own manufacturing facilities. This helps us to maintain our commitment on only selling 100% British across our fresh beef, lamb, pork, chicken, eggs and milk. Because we make food ourselves, we have built up many long term relationships with British farmers making us British farming’s biggest direct supermarket customer.
Moy Park, with its long established poultry farming heritage, and head office in Craigavon, Northern Ireland. It has 800 farms supplying 4 main fresh poultry facilities throughout Northern Ireland and England and produces a wide range of prepared foods at modern, well equipped locations in Northern Ireland, England, France and the Netherlands. It is a leading UK producer of organic, free range and higher welfare chicken and has pioneered breeding and farming standards in the development of higher welfare. In addition, Moy Park has developed award-winning agricultural training and development programmes across its agricultural business, encouraging a wide range of people to develop a successful career in farming.
From BPS to farm safety, the NFU’s dedicated helpline is in place to help members answer the questions they need to run their farming businesses effectively.
CallFirst is an unlimited free service for NFU Farmer and Grower members seeking direct professional advice on farming, legal or technical issues, or for general membership enquiries concerning subscriptions, payments, magazines and voucher discounts available with our affinity partners. You can contact CallFirst on 0370 845 8458
Based at NFU HQ, the helpline is staffed exclusively by specialist advisers. All calls are answered directly by our own team - no overseas call centres; no computerised, pre-recorded answers. Specific legal or technical matters are transferred to experts in their particular field.
NFU Countryside is a proud part of the NFU, providing a bridge between commercial farming and the general public, explaining why farmers do what they do and how they play an integral part in rural life, from the food we eat to the scenery we enjoy.
Along with a range of benefits, NFU Countryside members enjoy the monthly Countryside magazine, which is full of features on rural crafts and traditions, practical and inspiring gardening tips, delicious recipes, wildlife, events and great places to visit and most importantly on their food provenance and how they can support British farming.
NFU Energy helps you with everything from buying and selling energy through to securing new connections and upgrades, wayleaves, energy regulation, compliance and energy efficiency; in fact, anything to do with energy in agriculture. We help you get the:
- Best energy deal for your business
- Most out of the incentives on offer and remain compliant
- Save money with energy efficiency audits
Throughout our 108-year history we have worked closely with the National Farmers Union to support the farming industry and rural communities.
Today our relationship has never been stronger. Our financial support for the NFU – almost £6.4m in 2017 – benefits members of both organisations and supports our shared local network of over 300 offices.
Our insurance policies protect three quarters of the UK’s farmers. And in 2018 we further promoted Union Advantage: the enhanced version of Mutual Advantage. Available to NFU members who commit to insure with us for at least three years, Union Advantage offers benefits on NFU Mutual Risk Management Services consultancy and training days, and the Drive Doctors Young Driver Scheme.
We also run a wide range of initiatives to help farmers and their families. For instance, since 2010 we have invested more than £1 million in measures to prevent rural crime. And we are proud to support the award-winning Farm Safety Foundation and its UK-wide training programme designed to reduce the number of life-changing injuries and deaths among young farm workers.
R.A.B.I - the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution - is a welfare grant-making charity that helps farming people of all ages if they are in financial difficulty. Support is offered in confidence, and includes for example one-off or regular grants and the provision of essential household items and specialist disability equipment. In addition to funding relief farm staff, the charity can pay towards care home and home-help costs, and runs two residential homes of its own.
Red Tractor is one of the most successful food assurance schemes and consumer logos in the food and drink industry. Extending across a huge range of well-known household branded and retailer own food and drink products it covers all critical links in the food supply chain from farm to fork across 6 sectors; beef & lamb, crops, dairy, pigs, poultry and produce. Come and talk to us at the NFU conference about, our first ever TV advert, the work we are doing on unannounced inspections to strengthen consumer confidence in the logo and pick up a free Red Tractor trailer sticker.
Working in partnership with the agricultural and food industries, we make payments to farmers, traders and land owners for the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) schemes in England including the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CS) and Environmental Stewardship Scheme (ES).
We manage over 40 schemes, including the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which works to make England’s agriculture and forestry sectors more competitive, to improve the quality of life in rural areas and to diversify rural economies.
Working outdoors in all conditions exposes agricultural workers to the full force of the weather. Often overlooked is the damage caused to the skin by UV radiation from the sun, even when it’s cloudy! This year, the Swarfega team are offering conference attendees complimentary UV face scans. The scanner technology helps to highlight the dangers of UV exposure and also clearly illustrates the protective power of sun cream.
Skin care specialist, Swarfega, and Europe’s largest agricultural wholesaler, Kramp, have recently teamed up with the NFU to offer members up to 15% discount and a free TOUGH by Swarfega gift bag on first purchase, when they sign up to Kramp online (terms & conditions apply). Please visit the NFU Member Zone to find out more.
At Tesco, we value the long-term partnerships we have with our farmers and growers. Through these partnerships we’re able to offer customers affordable, fresh, quality food that’s fair for all. We’re passionate about playing our part in supporting the next generation of British farmers, and our Future Farmer Foundation has helped hundreds of young farmers as they make their start in agriculture.
Waitrose & Partners is proud to champion British farming, not only through our leading milk price but for our commitment to British beef, chicken, pork, bacon, sausages, milk, eggs, lamb and venison in season together with UK fruit and veg. We pioneered the Producer Group system, working closely together with our farmers. The Waitrose & Partners Farming Partnership provides our farmers with invaluable financial, scientific and practical advice, as well as wider market insight. This unique and collaborative approach ensures mutual, long-term support and success - even in tough economic and challenging times - not only to ensure our farmers get a sustainable return, but because they are vital to a thriving UK agricultural economy.