Farming is a full time profession, yet many Global Farmer Network members have their hands quite full with a variety of other activities as well. Including 2014 Kleckner Award recipient Ian Pigott. In addition to farming, you may recall the post a few months to help profile his great initiatives with The FarmSchool and the Pop Up Farm.
Ian, an avid Twitter user you can follow @ian_pigott, still finds the time to also pen a regular column for Farmers Weekly in the UK. His recent column there points out ongoing issues faced by producers in his area in dealing with the political realm, but it’s also problem faced by all farmers around the world when having to make decisions and plans for their own farms. It’s a very good piece we thought worth sharing broader, the excerpt below is followed by the link to the full column.
Opinion: Lesson from Oxford, beware of politicians’ empty words
By Ian Pigott – January 18, 2019
I never know when the cut-off date is to announce New Year’s resolutions. Let’s assume we still have time.
My take-home message from this year’s Oxford Farming Conference is, as farmers, we need neither revolution nor evolution, but resolutions.
If we had made and kept the promises that we have been encouraged to adopt over the past 13 years, there would be no need for drastic change in the wake of Brexit or a new Agriculture Bill.
I’m not talking about resolutions to limit excess of cakes and booze, or the things we need to do more of, like exercise and meditation.
No, I’m talking about resolutions as decreed by the OFC, the annual gathering for British farming that takes place in the first week of January.
Thirteen years ago, Margaret Beckett was secretary of state at Defra. As we have come to expect from political speeches at Oxford, she said a lot without saying anything…
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