Farm politics in the spotlight at NFU conference

NFU president Peter Kendall is expected to set out his recipe for a productive and competitive farming industry at the union’s annual conference.

The event, which starts on Tuesday (21 Feb) and culminates in officeholder elections on Wednesday afternoon (22 Feb), is being held for the first time at the ICC in Birmingham.

The first day will be dominated by the politics of farming, with topics such as bovine TB, red tape and CAP reform likely to dominate.

Security will be tight throughout with badger protesters warning that they are targeting the event because of DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman’s attendance and the NFU’s support for two pilot badger culls.

In his opening address to conference, Mr Kendall is expected to set out the policy landscape which will allow agriculture to meet its potential to deliver growth.

He will talk about the need for a market-orientated, simplified CAP that recognises the existing environmental efforts of UK farmers.

The conferenvce will then be addressed by Mrs Spelam and by EU farm commissioner Dacian Ciolos.

Farmers Weekly will have a team at the event bringing you news and video as it happens.

You can also follow the action on Twitter using the #nfu12

See our special pages on the NFU Conference and elections 2012