Category: Brexit

Lincolnshire Farming Conference – adapting in the ever-changing farming world

Lincolnshire Farming Conference

Diversify and adapt to survive and thrive in the ever-changing farming landscape Lincolnshire Farming Conference – Diversification is a word on many people’s lips within the farming world but not everyone is hearing the message. And this is something that the Lincolnshire Farming Conference, held at Lincoln Showground, was trying to change with this year’s focus on managing risk and planning for the future. Held in late February, the conference saw a range of speakers spreading the diversification message to their…

Northern Ireland Dairy Farmers Received Exit Letters from their Banks

Northern Ireland dairy farmers

An undisclosed number of Northern Irish Dairy farmers have received letters from their banks asking them to repay loans and leave the bank.  Northern Ireland dairy farmers – As the uncertainty of Brexit still looms and with EU farm subsidies amounting to £260 million in Northern Ireland, which is now in jeopardy, banks are asking farmers what backup plan they have if subsidies are stopped. The banks have expressed concern for some time that some Northern Ireland dairy farmers don’t know…

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming

Leaving the EU - Animal Welfare Standards

On Tuesday 24th January there was a parliamentary debate on how animal welfare standards in farming would be ensured after leaving the EU. Currently, an estimated 80% of animal welfare rules are included in European law, and out of 40 pieces of legislation, 18 are specifically about animals in agriculture. Incentives for Farmers to Improve Animal Welfare after leaving the EU Opening the debate, Mrs Villiers (Conservative, Chipping Barnet) outlined the task ahead of the government in replacing these laws,…

Farmers will have to Prove their Worth for Subsidies Post-Brexit

agriculture - Farmers

George Eustice discussed changes in the subsidy system post-Brexit at the Oxford Farming Conference. For farmers to continue to be eligible for direct subsidies post-Brexit they will be required to prove they benefit the public to receive taxpayers’ money. Although this sounds incredibly alarming to farmers who rely on subsidies for half of their income or more, the real focus is to tackle the so-called “slipper farmers” receiving huge subsidies for the amount of land they own regardless of it…