Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Focus on farming

As one of the most rural constituencies in the UK, farming is an incredibly important part of life in Tynedale and Ponteland. I was therefore really pleased to be able to welcome the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Farming, George Eustice MP, to the Hexham constituency last week to attend a round-table event, discussing a wide range of issues relating to farming and the rural economy. It was a really fascinating discussion and a great opportunity to ask the Minister about issues that are important to local farmers. The summit was also attended by representatives from Natural England, the Environment Agency, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Federation of Young Farmers, Newcastle University and farmers and agricultural business leaders from across Northumberland. As part of his visit, the Minister also spent time at a local working farm.

It is impossible to overstate how important farming and rural business is to our community. I will continue to do everything I can to champion the cause of farmers, food producers and rural businesses in the constituency.