Farmers for Action, an organization created to promote the farming industry in the United Kingdom, has organized a March from Waterloo Place to Trafalgar Square, and then on to Downing Street in London on March 23, 2016. Farmers for Action is chaired by David Handley, a dairy farmer and ex-MFH of two local hunts. Mr. Handley notes that the interests of agriculture and foxhunting are often connected, as much of our hunt country is also farmland.
The march, which organizers emphasize will be peaceful and promote a positive image of their cause, includes representatives from all sectors of British farming - grain and crops as well as pig, sheep, beef, and so on. It will conclude with a few leaders presenting a letter to David Cameron outlining their concerns for the industry.
The following is an excerpt from their February 25, 2016 Press Release:
"The farming lobby group, Farmers For Action, are holding a March in London on Wednesday 23 March 2016 to represent all sectors of the farming industry. As this is the last sitting of parliament and also the last Prime Minister's Questions before the Easter recess, there will be plenty of MPs in London who will hopefully support our event. This will be an event billed as a 'celebration of farming' and we are keen that the event promotes, to the general public, why farming is so important to the countryside and the wider economy. The event will also be an opportunity to convey some key messages about the challenges currently being felt by many farmers in all sectors.
The March will assemble at Waterloo Place, SW1 at 11.00 am, and then make its way to Trafalgar Square where there will be media and press calls, and where we can talk to the general public and hand out various marketing material including Red Tractor, etc., Following on from this interlude, we will then continue straight down Whitehall to Downing Street where a small delegation will be given access to No 10 Downing Street to present a letter to Rt Hon David Cameron outlining our concerns for our industry and the failure of his Ministers to represent our interests and the lack of power given to the Grocery Code Adjudicator, amongst other issues.
The March has the full support of NFYFC and the TFA and is being sponsored by various agri businesses, details of which can be found on our website."
Anyone who is in England on March 23 is invited to participate and support this critical sector of the countryside economy.
For more information, please see the Farmers for Action website here.