South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed the NFU's "What next for Tenant farmers?" seminar to Cumbria, and encouraged local farmers to come along and make their voices heard as the Union seeks to help members plan for the future.
The forum's agenda will look at succession planning and cover a number of issues which need to be factored into tenants' plans, including agreements currently in place, the latest on CAP reform, diversification considerations, ELS/HLS planning and how to deal with the transfer of ESA agreements into HLS agreements.
A presentation will also be given by NFU panel Surveyors Acland Bracewell, which aims to give an overview of rents and tenancy issues locally and provide an update on the NFU's work on behalf of tenant members. Speakers will include Paul Smith of Acland Bracewell and Louise Staples - NFU Rural Surveyor.
The meeting takes place on Thursday 8th November at 7.30pm, and is to be held at Crooklands Hotel, Crooklands, Kendal, Cumbria, LA7 7NW. Attendance is free and everyone is welcome. Those who wish to attend should contact the NFU Regional Office on 01695 554 900 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commenting ahead of the meeting Tim said: "The changes being discussed in Europe at the moment surrounding CAP reform will have a huge impact on tenant farmers across Cumbria so this seminar is a fantastic chance for local farmers to hear the latest from the NFU on the issues affecting them.
"I really hope that as many local farmers as possible go along and get involved in the meeting to ensure they have their say on how best to respond to the challenges facing them in the future."
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