Brexit in the Spotlight for Yorkshire Farmers

Farmers will have an opportunity to learn more about the potential impact of Britain’s exit from Europe, (‘Brexit’) at the next Future Farmers of Yorkshire meeting. Around 100 farmers are expected to attend the event at Pavilions of Harrogate, at the Great Yorkshire Showground on Tuesday 16 February.

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The meeting comes hard on the heels of the publication of a report this week, (Thursday 4 February) by the Farmer-Scientist Network entitled: “The implications of Brexit for UK Agriculture”. The report was commissioned by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society which hosts the Future Farmers of Yorkshire and the Farmer-Scientist Network.

Nigel Pulling, the Society’s Chief Executive said: “This is a hugely complex issue which will affect Yorkshire farmers as well as the agricultural industry generally. The government has given no guidance or information about what ‘post Brexit’ Britain could look like.  It is important that issues are discussed now and this report will help stimulate debate as the impact on individual businesses comes into sharp relief.”

Topics which will be covered include:

  • "If we left the EU, would we have access to the European market?"
  • “What would a British version of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) look like?”
  • “How would the Government guarantee fair competition for our farmers and a level playing field on which to compete?”
  • “How would Brexit affect land prices?”
  • “What would be the impact on UK food self-sufficiency?”

The headline speaker will be Professor Wyn Grant of the University of Warwick who is a nationally renowned expert on agricultural politics. He will be joined by Dr. Jason Beedell, from Strutt & Parker giving a land agent’s perspective. A question and answer session will then follow when the speakers will be joined by two further panelists, North York Moors farmer, Richard Findlay from Whitby and Michael Cardwell, Professor of Agricultural Law at the University of Leeds.

All are welcome to attend this free event, which begins at 18.45 and will include a hot supper, sponsored by Strutt & Parker.

To register your place, please contact:


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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, N. Yorkshire

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was established in 1837 with the primary purpose of holding an agricultural show and for the furtherance and support of farming in the region. This ethos continues today, through its flagship events, the Great Yorkshire Show (Tues 12 – Thurs 14 July 2016) and Countryside Live, (Sat 22 and Sun 23 October 2016). 

Year round it has an active programme of events and activities supporting the farming and rural communities, particularly in the North of England. These include its Future Farmers of Yorkshire group, the Farmer-Scientist Network, the Yorkshire Rural Support Network and an extensive range of education activities aimed at increasing young people’s knowledge of the important role British farmers play in producing our food and managing the landscape.

In 2009, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society established Fodder, the award winning regional food shop and café and the Society’s commercial activities are carried out through the Yorkshire Event Centre and Pavilions of Harrogate which run a broad range of events from the Great Yorkshire Showground. For more information see


About Us

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling