Campaign launches to highlight importance of harvest after months of disastrous weather 

Arable farmers will share their stories on social media as a part of #YourHarvest campaign which aims to highlight their hard work and dedication. 

Arable farmers will share their stories on social media as a part of #YourHarvest campaign which aims to highlight their hard work and dedication. 

Videos and photos will explain what is happening on farms during harvest, what is being grown in the fields, how crops are being used, and how the produce ends up on people’s plates. 

As the British arable sector prepares to celebrate its significant contribution to the nation’s economy and food production, the NFU is calling on the next government to further support those farming businesses hit by some of the most challenging weather conditions in living memory. 

The NFU has recently revealed that farmers’ confidence across the arable sector is “at an all-time low”.  

This follows months of wet weather and horrendous flooding combined with high production costs, ongoing market volatility and a backdrop of reduced farm support. 

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Miserable last six months 

NFU combinable crops board chair Jamie Burrows

Speaking at the start of this year’s Cereals event, NFU combinable crops board chair Jamie Burrows said: “Arable farmers, like everyone, have faced a miserable last six months of continuous wet weather, which has led to devastating flooding and thousands of acres of productive farmland affected.  

“Many of our members have been unable to get onto fields to plant crops, and those that did manage it have lost much of what was already in the ground. For those that have planted, it’s now a wait and see game with what the summer holds. We literally are in the lap of the weather gods. 

“It’s great that further measures were announced recently to ensure more arable farmers are getting the support they need to recover and rebuild, such as widening the scope of the Farm Recovery Fund.  

“But we want to see whoever wins the general election instigate further practical policies that will allow the nation’s arable farmers to boost home-grown food production and our important work in protecting and enhancing the environment.” 

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Importance of UK food security

Mr Burrows added that one measure which would help is the introduction of the NFU’s proposed Farm Business Investment Loans (FBILs).  

They would enable many farmers and growers to not only weather the current, highly volatile commercial conditions, but crucially, invest in their farming businesses to become more resilient in the future. 

“We will be taking the opportunity in the next few weeks to speak about this with candidates from all political parties as we promote the NFU’s election manifesto, so they understand the importance of UK food security. 

“Being such a tough year makes this year’s #YourHarvest campaign more important than ever. With combines preparing to roll within weeks, we will be celebrating across all social media platforms everything that is great about harvest; the amazing crops we grow like wheat for your bread or barley for your beer and thanking the public for backing British farming and the continued support in buying high quality, sustainable food,” he concluded. 

Find out how you can get involved in the campaign here.

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