Politicians and farmers will this week come together to debate the future of farming and food production at the NFU annual conference in Birmingham.

Leading politicians will be quizzed about the main political parties’ long term commitment to agriculture at the event, titled Delivering Farming’s Future, which starts on Tuesday (23 Feb).

DEFRA secretary Hilary Benn and Tory and Lib Dem shadow secretaries Nick Herbert and Tim Farron will share a platform on the opening day of conference.

There will also be a political question time chaired by BBC broadcaster Edward Stourton.

He will grill farm minister Jim Fitzpatrick, Tory shadow minister Jim Paice, Lib Dem food and farming spokesman Roger Williams and Plaid Cymru’s shadow rural affairs minister Elfyn Llwyd.

“The NFU has worked hard in the past few years to emphasise why farming matters and convince politicians of our industry’s value,” said NFU president Peter Kendall.

“Delivering Farming’s Future is about how we rise to the challenges that we all face and how farmers and growers will work with government, scientists and our customers to deliver that future.”

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