In the last few weeks I've had three separate meetings around North Devon with representatives of the farming community. The meetings – in South Molton, Braunton and during the North Devon Show at Umberleigh – all focused on the considerable challenges being faced by farmers.
Many are struggling financially due to a 'perfect storm' of extreme weather, fluctuating livestock prices and delayed payments.
This last factor is key, and I've heard many complaints about the poor administration of the funding schemes on which many farmers rely for their livelihoods.
I've collected together all the main issues raised with me, and put them in a lengthy letter (attached) to the farming minister, George Eustice.
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