TFA roadshow to focus on post-Brexit opportunities and challenges

The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) is holding a series of seven evening meetings across England to provide some post Brexit signposts for tenant farmers and others who do not own the land they farm.

TFA chief executive, George Dunn, said: “As MPs return to their desks following the Christmas break, there is still much to consider and potentially more that could change before they vote in next week’s crucial Commons debate. However, farming and farm businesses cannot stand still.

“Farmers need to plan for the long term.  With the economic and policy environments within which we will be operating remaining uncertain, there is an even greater need for farm businesses to control what they can to ensure that whatever happens, they are in the strongest position to respond.”

Farmers who do not own the land that they use within their businesses face a very different set of circumstances in comparison to their owner-occupier neighbours.

“They must contend with understanding the nature of their land occupation, what they can and cannot do under the terms of their agreements, and how they manage the relationship with those that own the land they farm.

“Working as far as possible in harmony with the owner of the ground is by far the best approach but we also need to assist members when there is a breakdown in that relationship as businesses still need to progress.  All of these areas will be looked at in our meetings.”

The TFA is delighted to be working alongside the agricultural team from Barclays Bank who will be assisting in delivering the roadshow of meetings across the country.

“We have worked with Barclays on number a of occasions over past years and we are grateful to the Bank’s agricultural team for its support with these important meetings,” added Dunn.

The roadshow meetings all start at 7:30pm and will take place on the following dates:

  • January 16:  The Urban Hotel, Grantham, NG31 7XT;
  • January 17: Quy Mill Hotel, Sow-Cum-Quy, Cambridgeshire CB25 9AF;
  • January 21: Tynedale Farmers Suite, Tyne Green, Hexham, NE46 3SG;
  • January 22: J36 Rural Auction Centre Conference Area, Crooklands, LA7 7FP;
  • February 4: Arundell Arms, Lifton, PL16 0AA;
  • February 5: Sparkford Inn, Sparkford, near Yeovil, BA22 7JH;
  • February 12: Reigate Hill Golf Club, Gatton Bottom, RG2 0TU.

The meetings are open to all tenant farmers and are others who do not own the land they farm and are free to attend. Those planning on attending are asking to RSVP.