Tenant farmers invited to take part in new consultation group and ensure their voices are heard

A new consultation group for tenant farmers across Yorkshire and the North East is being set up to ensure their voices are heard during the current period of “unprecedented change”.

The sector needs to be well represented through the changes currently taking place across UK agriculture.

David Martin, regional tenants’ spokesman for organisers, the NFU, said: “Now, more than ever, we need to increase our connection with each other to make sure that collectively we work to influence new government policies as they develop.

“The job of representing so many tenants across the North East is a daunting one when there is so much at stake.

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“As a result, I would like to encourage more people to get involved with an informal group which will not only help me represent different tenant businesses in different parts of the region, but also give the NFU an effective sounding board as important policy decisions are made in the coming months.”

“I am not asking for people to give up a lot of their time and with more of us used to working virtually over recent months, there is an opportunity for people to help make a difference without even having to leave the farm,” Mr Martin said.

“I know there are a lot of people out there who have a lot of useful experience and potentially a really valuable contribution to make, but they can’t commit to time away from the business.

“I am hoping that this idea of a more informal group could bridge that gap and give more tenants a route to get their voices heard.”

Anyone who would like to take part can contact Jane Dungait on 07968 321734 or email: [email protected]