The CLA has responded to a Defra consultation on future changes to the system of geographic indication for certain products. The EU protected status regime provides a market legitimacy and advantage to certain products that have either Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) or Protected Geographic Indication status. The CLA has sought clarification from Defra that a UK protected status regime when it leaves the EU will afford the same protection that currently exists within the EU market and with a number of third countries.
The CLA has responded to a consultation from the Department for International Trade (DIT) that seeks views on the advantages and disadvantages on potential bilateral trade deals post Brexit with countries such as the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The CLA has made clear that the main potential advantage would be the creation of a tariff free structure whereas a significant disadvantage to UK interests would be the ability of a third country to export products to the UK that failed to match the UK's high animal welfare and food safety standard.
Farmers, growers, processors and industry representatives have being asked for their views on the role of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB). The AHDB is a UK statutory levy board, funded by farmers, growers and others in the supply chain. As the UK leaves the EU, there is an opportunity to ensure that the sectors that the AHDB cover are as competitive as possible. Please see CLA's response to the request for views covering governance, activities, structure and funding.
MPs debated the Agriculture Bill for the first time on 10 October at what is called Second Reading. This is a chance for MPs to debate the principles of the Bill before it moves to more detailed scrutiny. The CLA has produced a short summary of the debate for members highlighting the key points and what they mean for farmers and landowners.
The CLA sets out its response to the Government's Clean Air Strategy and the contribution agriculture can make to reducing ammonia emissions. The response covers the CLA's view on new regulation and the role of a public goods based agricultural support system in meeting air quality targets.
The CLA has responded to Defra's consultation on Health and Harmony: the future for food, farming and the environment in a Green Brexit.
The UK Government's consultation on future farming policy post-Brexit has been published.
CLA Cymru has produced a briefing note explaining how the relationship between the Welsh and UK governments is adding an additional level of complexity to th