UK farmers need to get competitive – and quickly
If the UK Government cannot promise standards equivalence on food imports within new trade deals, it must urgently ramp up the commercialisation of UK farming, domestic processing capacity and support to develop export opportunities.
Call for urgent adoption of ‘dual’ greenhouse gas accounting to tackle methane
Opportunities create climate cooling through changing management of UK livestock could be lost if the way the UK accounts for its greenhouse gas emissions is not addressed urgently….
Professor John Hillman, 1944-2021
We were very saddened to hear of the death of Professor John Hillman, a longstanding member of the Commercial Farmers Group and one of the UK’s top scientists…
Farming organisations set out proposals for future ELMs programme
Leading farming organisations have come together to set out their proposals for future government policy that can form the foundation of sustainable farming in England for generations to come.
The NFU, CLA, TFA, GWCT, LEAF, Sustainable Food Trust, RABDF, Commercial Farmers Group, National Sheep Association and NFYFC have proposed a ‘Sustainable Food and Farming Scheme’ that should form the scope and approach of the government’s forthcoming ELMs programme.
Commercial farming must be given chance to deliver sustainability, says new report
A new report examining the role of commercial agriculture in the UK says farming has the potential to solve sustainability challenges, generate employment and boost the post-pandemic economy. Yet it warns that commercial farmers are being systematically ‘written out’ of emerging policy in the rush to push environmental enhancement above all else.
Henry Fell CBE FRAgS, 1929-2020
We are sad to announce that the founder of the Commercial Farmers Group, Henry Fell CBE FRAgS, passed away on 9 April 2020.
Henry Rudston Fell died peacefully at home in Thorganby, North Yorkshire on 9th April 2020 at the age of 90. He was born in 1929, the son of an engineer, albeit from a rural background in Yorkshire. His father served with distinction in the First World War and then spent most of the rest of his life with Rolls Royce, living on the edge of Derby when war broke out again. With no family holidays for five years, the young Henry started helping out on the neighbouring farm, and from there his love of agriculture developed.