Yorkshire Times
Weekend Edition
Richard Trinder
Managing Editor
8:37 AM 9th July 2024

Farming Leaders Join Forces To Push For Commitments From New Government

NFU President Tom Bradshaw
NFU President Tom Bradshaw
NFU President, Tom Bradshaw, Grow Yorkshire Chair, Madge Moore, NFU North regional board chair William Maughan (beef, poultry and arable farmer) and Lisa Preston Farm Stay Regional Director held a discussion panel on the opening day of The Great Yorkshire Show to discuss the importance of agriculture to the Yorkshire economy and rural tourism and the challenges farmers are facing.

Farming - directly and in related business - contributes over £3.4 billion to the local economy and official figures reveal that rural tourism provides more than 30,000 jobs in the county.

Yorkshire is the largest county in England and farming is in its lifeblood. It is connected to every industry from distribution to the food and drinks sector and more, a place for visitors to come on holiday.

What farmers and growers need now is confidence. We need urgent clarity from the government on the budget it will allocate to agriculture.
Tom Bradshaw, NFU President

NFU partners with the two organisations Grow Yorkshire and Farm Stay

Grow Yorkshire is an initiative supported by the New York and North Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA), with their challenging aim to reach carbon zero by 2034.

We are delighted that the MCA have supported Grow Yorkshire ... to deliver a series of projects that will help meet this net zero aim.
Madge Moore, chair of Grow Yorkshire

Farm Stay UK is the only national, independent cooperative for rural tourism accommodation.

In a world where algorithms play a significant role in determining consumer choices our platform represents and supports rural accommodation members. Unique experiences and direct contact with owners gives real choice to guests and contributes towards sustainability and growth for our farming communities.
Lisa Preston, Farm Stay Regional Director for Yorkshire