Views from the Rural Boundary

With the success of the Covid-19 vaccine programme now very evident, stock prices buoyant and the rather bizarre spring now behind us, a sense of a return to normality prevails. For the rural sector however, is there ever such a thing as 'normality', especially at a time of such anticipated change.

Whilst farmers and land owners are renowned for being a resilient bunch, now more than probably anytime in my 30+ years working in the profession is a time where resilience will not be seen as a solution on it's own.

As we seem to be reverting back to the days when land use was geared towards the quality of the land and the consequent  most appropriate use of it, it is fair to say that subsidies are going, however that does not mean that they are disappearing, rather that they are being redirected, so it is up to all of us in the sector to work with that, both from a proactive view point and from an acceptance of the need to change the way we think if we are to ensure that our sector remains strong and effective, both as producers of food but also as the managers and custodians of this green and pleasant land that we all are rightly proud of.

There will be a lot to learn and to take in over the coming months. Those who listen, ask and absorb will be in the best place to flourish. Communication will be key throughout.

David StoutHead of PFK Land Agency
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