Rally at Scottish Parliament 2022

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NFU Scotland rally
Wednesday 2 November from 12 noon to 2pm
Meet at the front of the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh EH99 1SP


NFU Scotland is inviting its members to rally together on Wednesday 2 November from 12 noon to 2pm outside the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood, Edinburgh.  The aim of the rally is to deliver a crystal-clear message to the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Government, MSPs and officials that farming, crofting and food production must be the central pillar of its new agricultural policy for Scotland and remind them that #FoodNeedsAFarmer.

In addition and ahead of the rally, members in all parts of Scotland from Shetland to Stranraer and Kirkwall to Kelso are being asked to use their fields, buildings, fences, tattie boxes and bales in a visual campaign to remind the nation that #FoodNeedsAFarmer.

On this page you will be able to find important information for attendees and key resources.  This page will be update regularly as we approach the date of the rally.

Background:


The rally comes at a time when Scotland’s farmers and crofters are being consulted by Scottish Government on a future agricultural policy for the nation in an information void.

The Scottish Government consultation on a new Agriculture Bill is a critical step on the road to a new agricultural policy and determining fundamental changes to how farming and crofting will be supported in the future. But farmers and crofters are being asked to discuss these massive issues in an information vacuum.

It remains hugely frustrating that despite several requests from NFU Scotland and other stakeholders we’ve yet to receive clarity as to how any new powers created by the proposed new Agriculture Bill will put food production at the heart of delivering all the economic, social and environmental benefits that active agricultural businesses will be asked to deliver.

The Scottish Parliament must acknowledge that farming and crofting have the answers when it comes to delivering high quality, local, sustainable, and affordable food and at the same time delivering for the public on climate change and biodiversity.

NFU Scotland has been unequivocal that the new powers must be used to target future direct support at active farming and crofting – both to provide financial stability through post-Brexit turbulence and severe market volatility and to reward actions that improve productivity and build resilience.

Only farmers and crofters across Scotland can turn the dry legislation of a new Agriculture Bill into practices that deliver for food, climate and nature but we need to know now what those options look like.

The lack of recognition of our industry and all it delivers is unacceptable and fails to acknowledge the urgent need to address the worsening food security crisis.  We are holding this rally to drive home the message that #FoodNeedsAFarmer.

Resources

Key messages and Rally information for attendees


For those of you joining us on Wednesday 2 November we have created a quick reference guide to help with your planning ahead of the day.  This document provides you with key messages we are looking to deliver; the do’s and don’t of attending a rally outside Scottish Parliament; details of location and how to get there if making your way directly.

Please familiarise yourself with this information ahead of the day which we hope will proof useful.

The document also includes some facts and figures which illustrate the importance of Scottish agriculture and may be useful to use when engaging with MSPs, officials and others on the day and when discussing why #FoodNeedsAFarmer.

Click here to view the document

Banners and Posters


In addition and ahead of the rally, our members in all parts of Scotland from Shetland to Stranraer and Kirkwall to Kelso will be using their fields, buildings, fences, tattie boxes and bales in a visual campaign to remind the nation that #FoodNeedsAFarmer.

Banners can be ordered directly from our supplier via this link, if you wish to arrange your own printing the banner artwork can be downloaded below.


Infographics for social media

Below are a range of infographics which we encourage you to use on social media, with some facts highlighting the vital role Scottish farmers and crofters have in providing the nation with high quality, locally produced food.

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