National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

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26 April 2018

Time is running out for young farmers to have their say on the future of British farming as the deadline for submitting views to Defra's consultation on a British Agricultural Policy closes on 8 May 2018.

Defra’s command paper “Heath and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit” lays out the Government’s views on the future of agricultural policy, and sets out specific proposals and questions for public consultation. 

NFYFC's AGRI steering group is responding to the consultation of behalf of YFCs - and has used the NFYFC AGRI final position paper for a future agricultural policy, and findings from the NFYFC Brexit survey 2016 as well as various YFC discussion events to inform its response. The final draft of NFYFC's response will be available from 10am on Friday 27 April and YFC members have until Wednesday 2 May to comment on it by contacting  Sarah Palmer or AGRI Chair James Hutchinson


In addition you can respond directly to the Government’s consultation in your own capacity. You can do this in the following ways:

  • The government’s “Citizen Space” which can be found here. This involves completing a web based questionnaire.
  • By emailing or writing to Defra with your views at: agricultureconsultation@defra.gsi.gov.uk
  • Or write to: Agriculture Consultation Team, 1b - Future Farming Directorate, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR

The deadline for making a response directly to Government is 8 May 2018.

It’s worth noting that if you reply via the Citizen Space website: you do not have to reply to all of the questions posed. You may wish to read through the command paper and the NFU’s summary before selecting which questions to respond to.

If you are emailing: you can either address the specific questions set out in the command paper, or instead provide more general views and feedback. If you respond providing more general views,  stick to the themes and areas of questioning in the paper as much as possible noting that  the paper has distinct sections:

  • Moving away from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
  • Implementing a new agricultural policy in England 
  • The framework for a new agricultural policy

You can also help shape responses by emailing your views to NFU HQ team by Friday 27 April 2018. You can also use a simple online form that the NFU has created here for members and a public facing version will also be available on the Countryside website too here.   


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