Sustainable Farming and our Land consultation deadline should be delayed FUW urges politicians at Pembrokeshire Show

Farmers’ Union of Wales officials have raised concerns about the timing of the Sustainable Farming and our Land consultation with politicians, including First Minister Mark Drakeford and Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths, at Pembrokeshire Show (Tuesday 13 August).

Having raised concerns since early July regarding the clash between the response deadline (30 October) and the date on which the UK is due to leave the EU (31 October), the FUW had already welcomed a Welsh Government commitment to keep the deadline under review.

However, given the UK Government’s determination to take the UK out of the EU at the end of October, deal or no deal, the Union now believes it is imperative that the deadline be extended.

FUW complaint: Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN

We have written to BBC Director General Tony Hall to officially complain about the 'Plant-based diet can fight climate change - UN' news item and the news programme associated which was presented on the BBC News on Thursday the 8th August 2019, and was subsequently featured on the BBC’s social media channels. 

The FUW believes that this report, and its associated online content, breached the BBC Charter by failing to comply with those Charter elements pertaining to :

(1) The Independence of the BBC, in terms of “...independent in all matters concerning the fulfilment of its Mission and the promotion of the Public Purpose”

(2) The Public Purposes of the BBC, in terms of providing “...impartial news and information to help people understand and engage with the world around them

(3) Acting in the public interest, in terms of ensuring “...that the benefits (whether direct or indirect) of decisions relating to the fulfilment of its Mission and the promotion of the Public Purposes outweigh the costs (whether direct or indirect);...and in doing so, have regard to economic, social and cultural benefits and costs.”

Across the article and associated news programme and its associated content have led the FUW to believe that the BBC utterly failed to comply with section 3.1 of the Charter which states that ‘the BBC must be independent in all matters concerning the fulfilment of its Mission and the Promotion of Public Purposes….’. 

The National Atmospheric Emissions Industry provides UK greenhouse gas inventories by source.  According to this data, UK agriculture emissions totalled 10% of total UK greenhouse gas emissions in 2017.  Emissions from the UK transport, energy supply, business and residential were 27%, 24%, 17% and 17%  respectively. The FUW would therefore seriously dispute the BBC’s claim that agriculture is a ‘major’ factor in global warming. This emissions data is provided in kilotonnes of CO2 equivalent and refers to the basket of Kyoto greenhouse gases; including methane.  

Future of family farms discussed with MP at sheep dog trials

Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) officials discussed the future of family farms in Wales with Jonathan Edwards MP at the Welsh National Sheep Dog trials in Carmarthenshire, highlighting the grave concerns farmers have in light of Brexit.

Amongst the many #farmingmatters discussed, such NVZ’s, bovine TB and the Welsh Government’s Sustainable Land Management consultation, the FUW reiterated its concerns about a no-deal Brexit.

Speaking after the event, FUW Carmarthenshire CEO David Waters said: “ We made it quite clear that the consequences for Wales' economy of a no-deal Brexit are such that no responsible Government would allow the UK to leave without a deal, and nor would any responsible Parliament agree to this.

“If we are to leave without a deal, the emergency no-deal planning needs to be stepped up - we understand that this is to happen but this in itself highlights the extreme dangers our economy is now facing.”

Vale Show a #farmingmatters success

The Glamorgan team of the Farmers’ Union of Wales enjoyed a successful Vale Show, including many chats about #farmingmatters with politicians and members, a special raffle for the FUW President’s charity - The DPJ Foundation, and a hunt for hand painted FUW rocks around the showground.

FUW Glamorgan CEO Rachel Saunders said: “We had a fantastic show again this year and it was great to catch up with so many members and of course our elected politicians. The raffle was a total success and the children had great fun searching for our hand painted rocks across the showground.

“And whilst we enjoyed the lighter side of being at the show and sharing thoughts over cups of tea, talking to our members really drove home the issues that they are most concerned about such as the future of farming in Wales, NVZ’s, bovine TB, the closure of Cowbridge mart and of course Brexit. 

“We used the opportunity to raise some of those concerns with Jane Hutt AM, Belinda Loveluck-Edwards (Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan), David Melding AM and Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns as they joined us for #farmingmatters chats here at the show.

#FarmingMatters chats with new Brecon and Radnor MP highlight Brexit concerns

Farmers’ Union of Wales officials met up with newly elected Brecon and Radnor MP Jane Dodds to discuss the most critical #farmingmatters at the county show (Saturday, 3 August). 

Speaking at the show, FUW Vice President Brian Bowen told the MP that the consequences for Wales' economy of a no-deal Brexit are such that no responsible Government would allow the UK to leave without a deal, and nor would any responsible Parliament agree to this.

He said: “Boris Johnson believes the risks of there not being a deal are a million to one and we welcome this optimism but are extremely concerned by the 'do-or-die' rhetoric.

“If we are to leave without a deal, the emergency no-deal planning needs to be stepped up - we understand that this is to happen but this in itself highlights the extreme dangers our economy is now facing. 

“The impact of losing our EU export market in the event of a hard Brexit because of tariffs and other barriers makes even the whole promised £300m look like a drop in the ocean - and we are just one of many industries which are looking at losing billions in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Farmers here in Brecon and Radnorshire are worried about their livelihoods and this fear is becoming all-consuming.

Don’t miss free and confidential pesticide disposal scheme FUW urges farmers

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging farmers to make use of a free and confidential pesticide disposal scheme across all of Wales as part of the PestSmart project, run by Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

The scheme will open for registration from Wednesday 14 August until 5pm on Monday 30 September, allowing professional users to safely and confidentially dispose of unwanted, out-of-date or now unlicensed pesticides and other chemicals.

FUW Policy Officer Bernard Griffiths said: “If you find that you have out of date or now unlicensed products on farm, which can be difficult or expensive to dispose of correctly, then we would urge you to register for this scheme. 

FUW’s Anglesey team look forward to busy county show

The Anglesey branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is looking forward to a busy two-day county show (Tuesday 13 August - Wednesday 14 August), with #FarmingMatters chats, children's competitions and plenty of entertainment on the agenda. 

Those keen to raise specific farming matters are welcome to join Rhun ap Iorwerth AM at an open surgery at 11am on the Tuesday at the Union’s stand and those concerned about rural crime are invited to stop by for advice on how to keep their property and livestock safe.

Joining the stand are  ‘Quad Claw’, who will be on site for the two days, and Arfon Jones North Wales Police, Police and Crime Commissioner will be on the stand on Tuesday at 12 noon to answer any questions farmers may have. 

Speaking ahead of the event, FUW Anglesey CEO Alaw Jones said: “Farming is facing an uncertain future for so many reasons and we look forward to raising some of our concerns with Rhun ap Iorwerth at the show and hope many of you will join us.

“Rural crime, including farm machinery thefts and livestock worrying, is also still a big problem for our farmers and we look forward to discussing this with Arfon Jones at the show.”

Also joining the FUW team at the stand to highlight the importance of good mental health will be the DPJ Foundation and the Samaritans, who are there for both days of the show.

FUW stand will be hive of activity at Pembrokeshire County Show

Those joining the Farmers’ Union of Wales stand (B13, by the Grand Arena) at the Pembrokeshire County Show (Tuesday 13 and Thursday 15 August) can look forward to a busy program of events, #FarmingMatters chats and plenty of activities to keep children of all ages entertained.

Speaking ahead of the show, FUW Pembrokeshire CEO Rebecca Voyle said: “We have a busy three days of activities planned for the show, including a new children’s area where there will be an opportunity to enter our colouring competition to win Puddle’s the Pig’s cuddly cousin, Polly. 

“And those needing advice on how to spot scams, mental health support, slurry storage and information on changes to water abstraction licensing, farm fire safety and safe burning advice or any land agent queries, are welcome to join us at the stand as well. 

“We are also looking forward to discuss many #FarmingMatters and #FairFarmFunding with our members and elected politicians and extend a warm welcome to everyone. I hope many of you can join us for what promises to be another excellent show.” 

FUW Insurance Services Ltd. will also be holding a prize draw so don’t forget to enter to be in with a chance of winning a £50 high street voucher.

Cooking Demonstrations, SuperTed, Step Dancing and Rural Crime Issues - it’s going to be a busy week at the FUW Eisteddfod stand

Those attending the National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst next week, can look forward to a mouthwatering and busy program of events at the Farmers’ Union of Wales stand.

 

Cowbridge mart latest casualty as farming faces yet more woes

The shock announcement that the Cowbridge Mart is to close, leaving some farmers with a 45 mile trip to sell their stock, will eat into already dwindling returns on livestock.

 

And now the Farmers’ Union of Wales is calling for a stay of execution on the closure of the mart, which was granted a charter back in 1254 and has been central to town life every since. 

FUW stand will be hive of activity during Meirionnydd County Show

The Meirionnydd branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is looking forward to a busy day at the County Show (Wednesday, 28 August), which will be held at Harlech.

Union officials, including FUW President Glyn Roberts, will welcome Dafydd Elis Thomas AM and Liz Saville Roberts MP to the marquee for a discussion on farm policy and funding post Brexit, as well as many other farming matters. 

FUW Meirionnydd County Chairman Sion Ifans said: “We look forward to discussing #FarmingMatters at the stand with our members and elected politicians and extend a warm welcome for members, guests and friends of the FUW as in previous years to join us on the day. 

“Union officials and staff, as well as FUW Insurance Services Ltd. will be on hand to answer questions our members may have. The County Branch is also grateful to members and friends of the FUW in the Dinas Mawddwy, Dolgellau and Trawsfynydd areas for taking responsibility for the refreshments on the stand.”

The Meirionnydd Branch of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution will be present at the FUW stand this year throughout the day and in addition North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones will also be present, together with Rob Taylor and members of the Rural Crime Team addressing the issue of  farm thefts in the county. 

New Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)

Farmers’ Union of Wales President Glyn Roberts has congratulated Theresa Villiers on her appointment as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and has issued an open invitation to her to visit farms in Wales in order to better understand the unique challenges that Welsh family farms face in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

 

FUW announces DPJ Foundation as next charitable cause

The ‘stiff upper lip’ is synonymous with the farming community and most farmers just get on with things. Many may be hiding problems from themselves and their families and friends and talking about personal feelings is uncomfortable for many.

Recognising the problem the Farmers’ Union of Wales made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Show 2017 to raise awareness of mental health problems in rural communities and to continue the conversation about the wider issues surrounding mental health in rural areas.

FUW President Glyn Roberts was therefore delighted to announce that the DPJ Foundation, a mental health charity which aims to support people in rural communities with poor mental health, especially men in the agricultural sector, has been chosen as the FUW Presidents charitable cause for 2019 - 2021.

Speaking at the Royal Welsh Show on Wednesday 24 July, he said: “1 in 4 people will suffer with mental health problems in their lifetime, it is not an uncommon illness and one which we need to work together to tackle.

Inspirational agricultural contractor’s wife turned mental health champion honoured by FUW

Inspirational agricultural contractor’s wife turned mental health champion, Emma Picton-Jones, has done more than most to bring mental health issues in agriculture to the fore, and now she has been presented with a special award by the Farmers’ Union of Wales.

Emma’s husband Daniel took his own life in 2016, and in his memory she established the DPJ Foundation, which is now starting to provide Wales wide support for all farming families struggling to cope with mental health issues. 

And at the 100th Royal Welsh Show 2019, the FUW has recognised her achievements by presenting her with the Union’s ‘External Award for Services to Agriculture’ at the President’s reception on Wednesday 24 July. 

“Emma has been an inspiration and a pioneer in getting mental health in rural communities across Wales on to people’s agenda,” FUW President Glyn Roberts said.

Pembrokeshire Beef and Sheep farmer honoured for services to agriculture

Pembrokeshire beef and sheep farmer, Brian Thomas, who started his farming career at the age of 15, has been recognised with the Farmers’ Union of Wales internal award for services to agriculture.

Presenting the award at the FUW President’s reception (Wednesday, July 24) at the 100th Royal Welsh Show, Union President Glyn Roberts said: “Brian has been a rock solid friend and working partner for over 20 years. He is always willing to help, support and give advice. It is fair to say that Brian is someone I could and can rely on.

“Over the years Brian has gone above and beyond in serving not just this Union but the industry as a whole. He is not afraid to ruffle a few feathers if it means farmers get a better deal, be that through leading protests or campaigning at Government level. 

Farmers engage in future farm policy discussions at Royal Welsh Show

 

Farmers from across Wales joined a busy discussion group with Welsh agriculture Minister Lesley Griffiths at a special meeting hosted by the Farmers’ Union of Wales at the Royal Welsh Show (Wednesday, 24 July).

Focusing on the current ‘Sustainable Farming and Our Land’ consultation, which comes to a close at the end of October, members discussed proposals such as future support, the desire of pursuing a single Sustainable Farming Scheme which would be linked to a Sustainable Farming Payment, farmers delivering Public Goods and the possibility of capping and tapering payments.

Speaking after the meeting FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “This is a significant step forward and in essence farmers welcomed the tone of the proposals. However, there are some fundamental differences of opinion. We discussed these in detail with the Minister yesterday and will continue those discussions in the months ahead.

Keeping young farmers in the fold - now there is life after YFC

It’s the end of an era. Young farmers are officially old when they reach 26.

 

But now the FUW has set up a new way of keeping in touch for the over 20s, with a special home targeted at giving younger farmers the chance to keep in touch - and keep on enjoying meeting up. 

FUW warns new PM of no-deal Brexit dangers

 

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has reiterated warnings about the disastrous consequences of a no-deal Brexit, as new Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes on the role of leading the country.

“We are absolutely clear, no responsible UK Government would allow the UK to leave the EU without a deal.

“We have been relentless in highlighting the grave economic impacts for agriculture, rural communities and other industries of a hard Brexit.

“The latest analysis by Hybu Cig Cymru suggesting 92.5% of our lamb export trade could disappear if we go over the Brexit cliff on 31st October highlights our concerns,” said FUW President Glyn Roberts.

Mr Roberts said he would be writing to the new Prime Minister, congratulating him on his appointment and would seek a meeting in the near future to discuss the Union’s concerns. 

It’s in Welsh Goverment’s power to lighten burden on farmers - FUW tells Welsh farming minister

 

Bovine TB and NVZ regulations were top of the agenda during discussions with Welsh farming Minister Lesley Griffiths, when Farmers’ Union of Wales officials met her during the Royal Welsh Show (Tuesday, 23 July, 2019).

FUW discusses major farming concerns with Secretaries of State

 

The disastrous impacts of a no-deal Brexit was just one of the issues raised during a meeting between the Farmers’ Union of Wales and agriculture Secretary Michael Gove and Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns.

During the meeting, FUW President Glyn Roberts told messrs Gove and Cairns that no responsible UK Government or Parliament would allow the UK to leave the EU without a deal.

“We have been relentless in highlighting the grave economic impacts for agriculture, rural communities and other industries of a hard Brexit, and our concerns regarding the rhetoric of both of the prime ministerial candidates was made clear to both Secretaries of State.  

“The latest analysis by Hybu Cig Cymru suggesting 92.5% of our lamb export trade could disappear if we go over the Brexit cliff on 31st October highlight our concerns.”

Mr Roberts also highlighted the FUW’s concerns that the tariff rates that the UK Government intended to put in place for food imports were a fraction of the rates UK exporters would have to pay to send produce into the EU.

Have you got your FUW dog attack warning signs?

Dog attacks on livestock in the countryside remain a major concern for farmers across Wales and to help the industry raise awareness of the problems arising from irresponsible dog ownership, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is handing out free gate-post warning signs at the Royal Welsh Show.

The signs are part of the FUW’s campaign “Your Dog, Your Responsibility,” which aims, not only to highlight the devastation caused by dog attacks on livestock, but also the serious diseases that can be spread from dogs to cattle when owners do not clean up after their dog.

“The impact of a dog attack on a farming family can be devastating. Alongside causing horrific injuries, one dog attack can cost thousands of pounds in lost stock, veterinary bills and reduced growth rates. 

“In today’s market place with ever tighter margins, these additional costs have serious financial implications for the future solvency of the farm business.  

FUW welcomes farm policy reform delay

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed the Welsh Government’s decision to delay the introduction of radical changes to agricultural and rural support, describing the decision as the right move in light of huge uncertainty and instability around Brexit.

First Minister Mark Drakeford is expected to announce the change later today as he reveals the Welsh Government’s legislative programme for the coming year.

It had originally been intended that significant changes to current policies be phased in from 2021.

Reacting to the announcement, FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “We have argued since the 2016 Brexit referendum that new policies should be carefully crafted in light of clear knowledge of the likely trading environment our farmers will face after Brexit.

“Given that major reforms are being debated in the EU, we have also said we need to be informed by those changes which will affect our main competitors and markets on the continent.”

Mr Roberts said that these messages had been a main theme in the FUW’s response to last year’s Welsh Government Brexit and our Land consultation, which proposed the rapid introduction of radical reforms.

“The decision to delay matters is therefore extremely welcome and the only rational thing to do in the circumstances. 

Bovine TB and its impact on human mental health - FUW looks for answers

Life on farm has never been easy. Farmers accept and choose the long hours, hard work and have a strong desire to keep animals healthy and well. 

Complying with the highest animal health and welfare standards is at the top of their agenda and if their animals aren’t in good health they won’t leave a stone unturned to see them fit and well again soon. After all, healthy animals make for a healthy business. But what happens to our farmers when they are not well? 

What is the emotional toll on them if their animals are sick or a whole herd comes down with bovine TB? Whilst a vet will be called to see to a sick cow, many farmers will not let their own feelings filter past the farmgate.

And the number of farmers who are suffering from the stress and heart ache is likely to be frighteningly high, given that, according to Defra’s latest bovine TB statistics (12 months up to the end of March 2019),  the total number of animals slaughtered was 11662; herds under movement restrictions were 1002; total cattle tests carried out were 2,107,970 and there have been 730 new incidents. 

To address the problem and discuss how bovine TB is affecting farmers mentally, the FUW is hosting a special seminar at the Royal Welsh Show - 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 will discuss the relationship between mental health issues and economic pressures on farmers following a TB outbreak to ensure that farmers are receiving enough support.”

Worried about the families who have to deal with continuing bovine TB breakdowns, Ceredigion MP Ben Lake said: "While the debate about the efficacy of the Government's Bovine TB eradication policy and testing regime continues, little thought is given about the families who find themselves caught in the middle of it all, having to deal with the terrible consequences of a reactor or breakdown.

Rural crime -farmers and landowners launch a new Cymru Country Crime Stoppers programme

A new campaign to cut country crime across Glamorgan has been launched to put an end to opportunist thieves stealing valuable agricultural equipment and tools.

The Farmers’ Union of Wales Glamorgan county team have already been in talks with South Wales Police Commissioner Alun Michael over the increasing number of thefts and vandalism in the region.

Working with South Wales Police, FUW County Executive Officer Rachel Saunders and members of the union’s county executive are putting in place new measures to identify and prevent rural crime.

“There are increasing numbers of incidents where valuable machinery has been taken, and it has proven to be impossible to retrieve it,” said Rachel. “Now, by building closer links between our members and the police, we aim to turn this round and make would-be thieves think again about targeting South Wales.”

First step in the campaign is to build links across the region’s farming community, making landowners - whether they are members or not - aware that there is support out there.

“The problem we have identified is that many farmers just don’t report random crime, for one reason or another. Our message is that everyone in the countryside needs to report even the most trivial offence to the police, and get a crime number,” said Rachel.

Brecon by-election - farmers hustings at Royal Welsh Showground

Brecon and Radnorshire farmers will have the chance to question four prospective Brecon MP candidates - Labour’s Tomos Davies,  Conservative Chris Davies, Welsh Liberals’ leader Jane Dodds and UKIP’s Liz Phillips - at the Greyhound Hotel, Builth, LD2 3AR on Monday 15 July at 7pm, just before the by-election. 

FUW Brecon and Radnor County Executive Officer Aled Jones said: “It is essential for farmers and landowners to have the opportunity to question and query party candidates as well as hearing their views on the future of rural Wales.

“I urge our members and everyone who has an interest in the countryside to attend this event, so that they can make a fully informed decision when they take to the polls.”

The Official Monster Raving Loony Party candidate Lady Lily The Pink and The Brexit Party’s Des Parkinson have also been invited.

FUW looks forward to 100th Royal Welsh Agricultural Show

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. 

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In view of the recent outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve taken the decision to help protect members, customers and colleagues by closing all FUW offices.

All staff will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, meaning our team will be continuing with exactly the same service but over the phone/email/skype or other means of remote communication instead. 

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National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) guidance on Coronavirus: https://www.naac.co.uk/coronavirus-guidance-issued-to-contractors/

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