National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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16 August 2017

An overwhelming majority of the public support investment in farm businesses for future generations, according to the 2017 results of the Farmer Favourability survey released by the NFU.

In the first of these annual surveys since the UK’s vote to leave the EU, the NFU has said the findings powerfully demonstrate the public’s strong recognition of British farming’s contribution to the country.    

The survey showed that three quarters of people agree that farmers should receive assistance towards protecting the environment and for dealing with climate change (75%); investing in farm businesses for future generations (73%) and ensuring a fair standard of living for farmers (73%).

Ed Ford, NFYFC's Chairman of Council said: “What encouraging feedback for young farmers in the NFU’s Farmer Favourability survey. Knowing that the majority of the public want the Government to invest in farm businesses for future generations will give young farmers a real boost and help NFYFC in its case to government. We want this industry to thrive and ensuring a fair standard of living for farmers is key to making that happen, so we are pleased this has public backing

“Young farmers are also concerned about the environment and keen to create a sustainable future. We hope that MPs and decision makers will listen to public opinion on these matters too, as highlighted in the NFU’s survey.”

The survey also highlighted:

  • 68% of people have a favourable or very favourable view  of British farming
  • 90% think farming is important to the UK economy
  • 89% think it is important to have a productive farming industry
The role farming plays in proving safe, traceable food through supply chains independently audited by assurance scheme like Red Tractor has also been recognised by the public.

  • 64% trust British food more than the rest of the world
  • 66% often or always specifically look for British food when shopping

Government support post-Brexit for the sector is also something the public feels strongly about.

  • 68% of the public feel that farmers should receive support to both produce food and look after the environment in equal measure;
  • preserving the countryside (82% agree);
  • ensuring reasonable food prices  (81% agree).
NFU President Meurig Raymond said: “The results of this survey will make for welcome news for the farming sector. It’s clear the public recognise the strategic importance of farming in feeding the country, looking after the countryside and contributing to the economy.”

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