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Bishop Backs British Farming

by Michael Ford last modified 10 Sep, 2020 09:08 AM

The Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, wore a buttonhole of wool and wheat today (Wednesday 9th September), to back British Farming.

The Bishop is supporting the NFU's #BackBritishFarming Day and said:

“I am really grateful to our Wiltshire and Dorset farmers as they are a major part of our local communities and economy.”

Now in its 5th year, the day provides a focus to celebrate British farming values and highlight its importance to the UK economy.

The NFU say they want to remind politicians that British food and farming contributes over £120 billion to the UK economy each year and employs 4 million people.

This year it gives farmers an opportunity to promote British farmers' commitment to high production standards, building on the success of the NFU's food standards campaign which has been backed by over a million people.

This autumn will be a critical time for British food and farming as the Agriculture Bill returns to the House of Commons to be passed into law and trade negotiations continue with countries across the world.

The NFU say there has never been a more important time to highlight the crucial role farmers play in feeding the nation and caring for the countryside.

Bishop Nicholas also tweeted a photo wearing the button hole. He could not wear this in the House of Lords, as requested by the NFU, because the Lords are meeting on Zoom. So instead he took the photo in the chapel at South Canonry with an icon of St George and his shepherd's crook.

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