News preview 2010: Industry leaders look ahead

Dominic Dyer

Chief executive

Crop Protection Association

Debate on EU CAP reforms will hit the headlines in 2010 and the government will have to defend the UK’s interests and do so vigorously.

It is essential that the post-election government does this and it must make an effort to reconnect policymakers with the land.

The genetically modified food debate will continue and food manufacturers will come under increasing scrutiny. It is essential that the food chain as a whole gets behind the GM debate.

There will also be growing recognition of the impact of climate change on agriculture and GM needs to be reviewed on that basis.

EU pesticide legislation will be implemented, which will raise concerns over more product losses. Minority crops are likely to suffer the first losses.

As the world starts to come out of the recession input commodity prices will increase. A new EU chief scientist will be appointed and whoever is chosen must have food security high on his or her agenda.

Lyndon Edwards 
Lyndon Edwards

Lyndon Edwards

Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers

I am always optimistic – you have to be as a British dairy farmer.

I remain positive that next year will bring with it good possibilities.

On the world milk market, at the moment, milk supply is in a balancing state, but I am hopeful that things will go the right way next year.

On the home market, I am hopeful any government that comes into power will make the right move when it comes to country of origin labelling.

One of the main challenges we will face will be in cost and responsibility sharing. This must be addressed, but it is unsure how this will proceed.

Up and coming diseases like Johne’s are becoming more of an issue within the national herd. With cows culled as a result of TB, more and more animals are being imported and farmers must recognise that anyone buying in cows will buy in disease.

Nick Padwick 
Nick Padwick

Nick Padwick

Farms manager at Stoughton Estate (The Co-operative Farms)

FW Farmer of the Year 2009

The biggest challenge in 2010 will be maintaining a profitable arable business with the volatility of commodity prices. The big challenge for any farm business will be to have total control over fixed costs while keeping a close eye on world markets to take advantage of grain price rallies and reductions in fuel and fertiliser values.

It’s also going to be essential to stay up to date with all legislation and environmental issues to ensure we are the standard bearers for the farming industry.

Here at Stoughton in 2010 I want to think about new crops I can grow for the Co-operative’s Grown By Us brand that is sold through our retail stores.

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