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Get involved in Red Tractor Review

Red Tractor Assurance is undertaking a periodic review of farm assurance standards across multiple sectors and we need members to get engaged writes Vice President Andrew Connon.  

The reason why this is important is that the latest review proposes changes to the standards which must be met on dairy, livestock and fresh produce farms which want to market their produce as Red Tractor Farm Assured.

Some proposed changes track amendments to legislation, are in line with new scientific advice or are rationalising standards which are common across multiple sectors, providing improved clarity for both farmers and their assessors.

The Union is encouraging members to respond to the consultation before the deadline of 5 March 2021.  

Farmers, crofters, and growers are also being reminded that they can feed in to NFU Scotland to inform the Union’s formal response to review.  Members can do this by feeding into stuart.martin@nfus.org.uk, other relevant staff members or though elected representatives on the NFU Scotland committees.

It is important that the proposed standards for Red Tractor farm assurance are reviewed by farmers, crofters and growers who are best placed to understand the practical implications of the potential changes.

To assist the process, Red Tractor have created a hub which has supporting documents available for review before submitting your responses. https://assurance.redtractor.org.uk/red-tractor-review-2021

Quality assurance standards play a vital role in communicating the high production values on Scottish farms and crofts to consumers.  NFU Scotland will produce our own formal response to the proposals, and in order to do this we need input from those with practical experience.

In a bid to gather more input from farmers we have made the decision to arrange a Webinar event on Thursday 25 February so members can directly feed in any views or comments.

We need your input and views on the significant changes being proposed and invite you to join us to find out about some of the key areas being consulted on and how you can help NFU Scotland shape our response. I will be chairing the event and joined by Stuart Martin and John Armour from the policy team who would welcome your views.

The event is planned to start at 7.30pm on Thursday 25 February and you can join the live Zoom meeting at the following:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82800253218?pwd=aUZsRnp6Qy9nTUF6bnZtWVNLdS9nZz09 (Meeting ID: 828 0025 3218 Passcode: 828862)

It would be helpful if you could watch the following videos ahead of the meeting as these will provide you with the necessary background.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik3ZECCDyb8&feature=youtu.be

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VILQflpLXlY&feature=youtu.be

The full consultation can be found at Red Tractor - Citizen Space

If you sell produce as Red Tractor, then it is in your interests to get involved.

Author: Andrew J Connon

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Andrew J Connon

Andrew runs a small commercial sheep flock on their farm in Ellon, Aberdeenshire along with his wife Pauline, daughter and son. Andrew has been a member of NFU Scotland for 20 years with New Deer branch and is a former branch chair. He has been on the North East Regional Board for several years having been elected a Vice-Chair of the region in 2017 before taking on the North East Regional Chair role in January 2020.

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