On the agenda - mental health, rewilding, conservation and farming policy challenges
The Farmers’ Union of Wales is looking forward to exploring and discussing the most important issues facing the farming industry in Wales, such as mental health in rural communities, rewilding and conservation, and future farming policies, at the Royal Welsh Show 2019 (Monday 22 - Thursday 25 July).
Those coming to the 100th Royal Welsh Agricultural Show can look forward to a series of seminars and discussion groups, which are all hosted at the FUW pavillion and sponsored FUW Insurance Services.
The week will kick-start with a seminar on mental health with a specific focus on how bovine TB is impacting farmers across Wales.
Entitled ‘What impacts do TB breakdowns have on mental health?’, the Union looks forward to welcoming Ceredigion MP Ben Lake, Gareth Davies from farming charity Tir Dewi, Emma Picton-Jones from rural charity the DPJ Foundation, Charles Smith from farming charity Farm Community Network and Linda Jones from the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institute to the discussion panel.
The seminar starts at 11am on Monday (July 22) and is chaired by FUW Senior Policy Officer Dr Hazel Wright.
Looking forward to the seminar, Dr Wright said: “The FUW has recently called on the Welsh Government to establish a Wales Bovine TB Economics Task and Finish Group to provide robust, Welsh specific information on the financial impact of a TB breakdown and the subsequent mental health impacts on farmers.
“In this seminar we aim to discuss the relationship between mental health issues and the emotional and economic pressures put on farmers following a TB outbreak and whether our industry is receiving enough support.”
On Tuesday (July 23) at 11am, the focus will turn to rewilding and conversation.
Hosting a special seminar, chaired by BBC Radio 4 ‘Farming Today’ reporter Mariclare Carey-Jones, entitled “Rewilding and conservation: poles apart or two sides of the same coin?”, the Union looks forward to welcoming Gareth Davies of Coed Cymru, Ponterwyd farmer Dafydd Morris-Jones and Bangor University Human Geography lecturer Dr Sophie Wynne-Jones to the panel of speakers.