In late June NFUS, UFU, NFU Cymru and NFU met in Stoneleigh to discuss the current dairy market situation and identify areas where we can work collaboratively going forward.
Top of the agenda following the EU referendum result was how we untangle EU and national dairy policy and regulation. Commissioner Hogan had recently stated that at the July Agriculture Council there will be a new financial package to support EU farmers that have been impacted by the ongoing market downturn – as UK farming unions it is important we agree on how we best see this fund utilised in the UK.
Furthermore many of our agreed priorities such as fair and transparent trading relationships, improved producer representation and the development of tools to manage risk are all linked to EU dairy policy in some way. The EU referendum result allows us to have a complete new look on these work areas and start afresh with the UK and devolved governments.