NFU Conference – Dynamic vision for a market that rewards



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Download PDF At last month’s virtual NFU conference, Britain’s leaders presented their plans for farming, but how should policy progress? CPM talks to Minette Batters. If the market wants farmers to raise standards, it has to reward them for doing so. By Tom Allen-Stevens Arable farmers should be given a dynamic set of standards under Red Tractor Assurance that both eliminates hypocrisy in the grain trade and allows the market to reward farmers who choose to follow additional standards. That’s the view of NFU president Minette Batters who spoke with CPM, following the 2021 NFU conference, about the current conflict over Red Tractor, import standards and how the NFU’s relationship with Government is evolving. “Insisting that farmers can’t use temporary grain stores after 31 Oct when there is no visibility nor control on how imported grain is handled. Insisting on disproportionate worker-welfare standards when it’s impossible to assure any form of employee safeguarding for grain produced in countries that have a far lower legal baseline than in the UK. These are examples of the current hypocrisy in the grain trade,” she said. Minette would like to see Red Tractor represent what she calls “a business-to-business communicator”, that allows parts of…
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AHDB winding down horticulture and potatoes operations as Ministerial decision awaited

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AHDB has announced yesterday it is winding down significant activities on behalf of the horticulture and potatoes sectors.

While still awaiting a decision on the future by Ministers in England, Scotland and Wales, AHDB wants to reassure levy payers their views have been heard following recent ballots in the two sectors.

AHDB is now stopping programmes of work that could be restarted in the future by grower associations, individual growers or the supply chain. This work includes for example, export market access and promotional international trade event work, consumer marketing campaigns and market pricing and insight information. AHDB will continue to deliver limited emergency work on pests and diseases, including the Extension of Authorisation for Minor Use (EAMU)’s and some...