FUW breakfast week raises over £17k for Wales Air Ambulance

The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has raised £ 17,509 for the Wales Air Ambulance throughout its annual farmhouse breakfast week in January (15 -21 January 2024).

Over 35 events were held across Wales with members and politicians alike enjoying the delicious, nutritious and sustainable breakfast produce on offer, whilst catching up on farming matters with FUW staff and officials.

FUW President Ian Rickman said: “We have enjoyed another successful breakfast week and I thank all the staff, members, volunteers and our politicians across Wales for their incredible support. Together we have raised an incredible amount of money for this very important charity that saves lives across Wales every single day. 

FUW welcomes much-needed support payments for Welsh organic producers

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed the announcement that support payments will be made available to all fully-certified organic producers in Wales this year, providing much-needed certainty for the sector.

Speaking in response to the announcement, FUW President Ian Rickman said: “This is welcomed news for the Welsh organic sector following the end of the Glastir Organic Scheme and especially for those who continue to face inflationary pressures.

“This support, which will be administered through the SAF process, should enable organic producers to maintain their certified status for this year as we consult with our members on the final details of the Sustainable Farming Scheme and how long-term support for organics will be included.”

FUW hosts Sustainable Farming Scheme roadshow for members

In a bid to engage farmers in Wales with the final proposals of the Sustainable Farming Scheme, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is hosting an information roadshow for members.

The Welsh Government launched the pivotal consultation on the future of the Sustainable Farming Scheme in December 2023 and it is the mechanism through which farmers will receive support in Wales from 2025 onwards.

Speaking about the consultation FUW President Ian Rickman said: “We have repeatedly consulted with our members on several versions of this scheme since 2018 and are now at the most critical stage of its development. I encourage our members to make every effort to join an information event in their county and actively participate in formulating the Union’s response to the proposals.”

Mr Rickman added that while the Union has been successful in lobbying for certain crucial changes to the scheme since its inception, including the provision of a baseline payment, a number of significant barriers and questions around certain details remain.

In response to the initial Brexit and Our Land Consultation, the FUW maintained that any future payment scheme based on environmental and public goods outcomes must also protect family farms, support rural communities and Welsh Jobs and ensure that agriculture is both sustainable and rewarding. To fail to do so would most likely lead to serious damage to Wales’ family farms and the role they play in Wales’ economy, society, culture and landscape.

“These policy priorities continue to underpin our key asks in relation to the Sustainable Farming Scheme - this scheme must be practical for all farmers in Wales and deliver on our economic, environmental and social sustainability,” said the Union President.

Information events are being held at the following dates and locations:

Tuesday, 23 January, 7.30pm - Ceredigion, Clwb Rygbi Aberaeron

Wednesday, 24 January, 7.30pm - Dinbych & Fflint, Canolfan Genus, Ruthin

Thursday, 25 January, 7.30pm - Carmarthen, Rugby Athletic Club Carmarthen

Thursday 25 January, 12noon - Pembrokeshire, Clarbeston Road Memorial Hall, Clarbeston Road

Thursday, 25 January, 7.00pm - Glamorgan, Grove Golf Club Ltd, Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan

Monday 29 January, 7pm - Brecon and Radnor, FUW Pavilion, RWAS Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells

Tuesday 30 January, 7.30pm - Ynys Mon, Canolfan CFfI, Cae Sioe Mon 

Wednesday, 31 January, 7.30pm - Caernarfon,  Pwllheli Golf Club, Pwllheli

Thursday 1 February, 7pm - Gwent, Monmouthshire Livestock Market, Abergavenny Road, Raglan

Thursday, 1 February, 10.00am - Meirionnydd, Fferm Sylfaen, Bermo, Gwynedd

Tuesday 6 February, 7.30pm - Montgomeryshire, Welshpool Livestock Market

FUW mourns passing of Brecon life member Glyn Powell

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is mourning the passing of its life member and farming stalwart Glyn Powell from Glansenni, Sennybridge. As an ambassador for agriculture, Glyn was the FUW’s Vice President between 1995 and 2000, and then deputy from 2000 to 2002 under Bob Parry. During this time one of his greatest challenges was the Foot and Mouth crisis. 

His father was a shepherd's son on the Cnewr estate, and his mother from Epynt. Although Glyn climbed to a high level in education by being the Principal of Brecon High School, he never forgot his roots, as he was very active in everything that involved the Epynt, and fought to save the Senni Valley from being drowned. He has been, and remained to the end of his life a great benefactor of the Welsh language and culture.

He campaigned to oppose the use of the Epynt Mountain as a burial area for livestock during the challenging Foot and Mouth epidemic, and when the Senni Valley was under threat of being drowned to supply water to Cardiff, Glyn led the way, as Secretary of the Cwm Senni Defence Committee, a battle that lasted from 1963 to 1972.

FUW farmhouse breakfast week

Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day and it is a great opportunity to talk and share your thoughts before starting the day, helping also to improve people’s mental health.

So in order to promote the health benefits and have a good catch up before the day starts, Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) teams across the country are once again hosting a variety of farmhouse breakfasts for a week between Monday 15 and Sunday 21 January 2024. The FUW is also again taking the farmhouse breakfast to Cardiff on Tuesday, January 16.

FUW President Ian Rickman said: “We all get really excited about our farmhouse breakfasts every year. We can start the day together with family, friends and neighbours, in a positive and healthy way and at the same time raise money for our charitable cause, the Wales Air Ambulance. All of us are looking forward to yet another good turnout. It’s fair to say that a healthy start is not just good for a healthy heart but also for a healthy mind.”

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