NFU pins hopes on MP support for Back British Farming Day
Published:  12 September, 2016

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) is calling on MPs to show their support for their local farmers by wearing a specially-made British lapel pin for Back British Farming Day (Wednesday, 14 September). 

Made by hand with British wheat and wool, the pins have been sent directly to 649 MPs to wear on the day and during Prime Minister’s Questions.

NFU deputy president Minette Batters said: “British farming has a remarkable story to tell; it provides the raw ingredients for a food and drink industry worth £108 billion to the UK economy and also employs one in eight of the nation’s workforce. British farming’s production was valued at £25.8 billion, with much of it feeding the nation and playing a part in feeding the world.

“Back British Farming Day, coinciding with the second PMQs of the autumn parliamentary calendar, is the opportunity for MPs to publicly show their support for the nation’s ability to grow its own food, and for the farmers and rural communities that enable this to happen.”

Over 2km of British wool was dyed and spun to wrap around 3,000 ears of British wheat in the production of the bespoke Back British Farming lapel pins.

MPs are also encouraged to show their support on Twitter using #backbritishfarming.