FUW bolsters policy team to meet toughest time for farming

PROtECtiNG the family farm in Wales is the key priority for the FUW. With Welsh Government moving away from the Single Farm Payment towards public goods payments, commodity prices dropping and on going concerns over Bovine tB, there has never been greater pressure or uncertainty affecting our farmers.

“And it is critical that we should be influencing and communicating matters in relation to Agricultural Policy at the very highest levels,” said FUW Managing Director Alan Davies, announcing the addition of two new policy officers to the staff.

“in-house surveys have made it clear that this is amongst the most valued of the services we undertake for all members, and with volatile liquid milk prices, beef production down and the many changes in agricultural legislation, it is imperative that we have the people to meet all of these challenges,” he said.

After much discussion with Nick Fenwick, we have decided that we need to make some small but important changes to the way that the team works on behalf of members to undertake that work.

We have listened to our members and, as a consequence, two new members will join the policy team this month. Ceri Davies joins us as Policy Officer and Gareth Parry as Policy Communications Officer.

this will allow Head of Policy, Nick Fenwick, more time to address the big strategic policy issues and changes that are on the way after leaving the EU whilst ensuring that we continue to deal effectively with those ground level, grass-roots, issues that affect day- to-day farming in each of our counties.

“i can’t think of a better team for these hugely challenging tasks, nor a team more committed to working for the right outcomes,” said Mr Davies.

Senior Policy Officer Hazel Wright, who has worked for the FUW for the past 10 years, has already taken over responsibility for the team of Policy Officers and Policy Communications.

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