Doing our utmost

FUW MATTERS

by Alan Davies, FUW Managing Director

hires_page_05_image_0002FIRST of all, I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year. I hope you had a good Christmas and enjoyed some lovely food and time with family and friends. This new year is going to be a busy one for all of us and we are starting off with the farmhouse breakfast week at the end of the month. Aside from the numerous breakfasts that have been arranged across Wales, we will also be holding the annual Farmhouse breakfast at the Senedd on Tuesday, January 24, which is being hosted by Paul Davies AM. Our special guest on the day is Lesley Griffiths AM, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs and we will be joined by many other Assembly Members. The event will also launch Farming Connect’s flagship personal development programme Agri Academy 2017, which we are looking forward to. As to our Assembly Members, we have many meetings lined up in the coming weeks, where we will continue to promote why #FarmingMatters and highlight the issues the industry currently face. Despite all the uncertainty, we are proactive in steering discussions and are actively involved in shaping the decisions which will impact on agriculture’s future. The co‐operation between all industry stakeholders and Welsh Government can achieve great things for Welsh farming if we work collaboratively and that’s exactly what we will continue to do this year. Talking of working collaboratively, we have launched our Brexit briefing paper recently, which provides a summary of the key issues facing our industry post Brexit, and some of the possible outcomes and solutions for agriculture and all those who rely on it ‐ as well as the union’s latest positions on key policy areas. You will find a summary on page 12. So on a final thought, I promise you that we are doing our utmost to ensure that those who represent us in Cardiff and London do not sit back and wait for the outcome of discussions which ignore our rural areas

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