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Turriff Show Provides Platform for High-Level Brexit Debate

A leading panel of speakers from across the UK debated the impact of Brexit at Turriff Show today (Monday, 31 July).

Chaired by NFU Scotland’s President Andrew McCornick, the panel consisted of Minette Batters, Deputy President of NFU England and Wales; Nigel Miller, former President of NFU Scotland and Chairman of Livestock Health Scotland; Jonnie Hall, Director of Policy at NFU Scotland and Jimmy Buchan, Managing Director of Amity Fish Co, Peterhead.

Speaking after the debate, NFU Scotland President Andrew McCornick commented: “The North East is one of the agricultural powerhouses of Scotland.  Whether it be livestock production, cereal production or another farming sector exiting the EU will have sweeping implications. Thank you to the robust audience who turned out to hear the debate, with lots of probing questions covering a range of issues.

“Agriculture as well as the industries that rely upon farming and crofting businesses will see change.  We must ensure that the change which is coming is positive and restores farm profitability.  We want a buoyant agricultural sector which will benefit not just the rural economy but the whole economy of Scotland and the UK.

“Recently Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove spoke about the need for the new support arrangements post-Brexit, to better target support at activity and the challenges faced by those farming and crofting.  Support targeted at activity and ensuring that farms and crofts continue to produce the food that our country relies upon is welcomed.  These are themes picked up in NFU Scotland’s discussion document Change – A New Agricultural Policy for Scotland Post-Brexit.

“We will work with the Scottish and UK governments to establish a new and better agricultural policy as well as working to open new market opportunities and ensure that our domestic markets pay a fair price for what we produce.”

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Contact Ruth McClean on 0131 472 4108

Author: Ruth McClean

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News Article No.: 109/17


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Ruth McClean

Having worked in the communications and journalism industry for the last 11 years, NFU Scotland’s Communications Manager Ruth McClean understands the needs of journalists and has extensive knowledge of the wider agricultural industry. After growing up in Argyll and Bute and working in the area as a reporter for local newspapers for eight years, Ruth joined NFU Scotland in 2013 in her current role. She is also Editor of the Union’s membership magazine the Scottish Farming Leader.

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