NFUS at Tory fringe

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NFU Scotland rounded off its attendance at all the spring political party conferences by hosting a high-profile fringe event at the Scottish Conservative conference in Aberdeen last Friday with Secretary of State Michael Gove MP and convener of the Rural Economy Committee Edward Mountain MSP.

The event, chaired by NFU Scotland president Andrew McCornick, focused on a new agricultural policy for Scotland and how Scottish farmers and crofters can be supported post-Brexit to produce food with better productivity and environmental outcomes.

Speaking on the panel, Jonnie Hall, NFU Scotland’s director of policy, said: ‘The whole Brexit process is very political, which has thrown up plenty of questions, conundrums and uncertainty. That’s not helping our industry and certainly not helping our members of NFU Scotland.

‘The challenge for us as an organisation representing farmers and the challenge for UK and Scottish governments is to work more closely together to provide support, to provide incentive, to provide leadership, so that the right actions are taken in the right way to deliver the outcomes that we all want.’