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Brexit in the Spotlight for Yorkshire Farmers

Farmers will have an opportunity to learn more about the potential impact of Britain’s exit from Europe, (‘Brexit’) at the next Future Farmers of Yorkshire meeting. Around 100 farmers are expected to attend the event at Pavilions of Harrogate, at the Great Yorkshire Showground on Tuesday 16 February.

Headline speaker, Professor Wyn Grant

The meeting comes hard on the heels of the publication of a report this week, (Thursday 4 February) by the Farmer-Scientist Network entitled: “The implications of Brexit for UK Agriculture”. The report was commissioned by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society which hosts the Future Farmers of Yorkshire and the Farmer-Scientist Network.

Nigel Pulling, the Society’s Chief Executive said: “This is a hugely complex issue which will affect Yorkshire farmers as well as the agricultural industry generally. The government has given no guidance or information about what ‘post Brexit’ Britain could look like.  It is important that issues are discussed now and this report will help stimulate debate as the impact on individual businesses comes into sharp relief.”

Topics which will be covered include:

‘If we left the EU, would we have access to the European market?’

“What would a British version of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) look like?”
“How would the Government guarantee fair competition for our farmers and a level playing field on which to compete?”
“How would Brexit affect land prices?”
 “What would be the impact on UK food self-sufficiency?”

The headline speaker will be Professor Wyn Grant of the University of Warwick who is a nationally renowned expert on agricultural politics. He will be joined by Dr. Jason Beedell, from Strutt & Parker giving a land agent’s perspective. A question and answer session will then follow when the speakers will be joined by two further panelists, North York Moors farmer, Richard Findlay from Whitby and Michael Cardwell, Professor of Agricultural Law at the University of Leeds.

All are welcome to attend this free event, which begins at 18.45 and will include a hot supper, sponsored by Strutt & Parker.

To register your place, please contact: [email protected]

 
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