Spotlight on agriculture at special public meeting

Cows in a field

A special public meeting will shine a spotlight on North Devon's farming and agricultural community later this month.

North Devon Council's policy development committee has invited a range of local stakeholders to a public meeting which will take place on Thursday, 23 May 2024.

It is hoped the meeting will help raise awareness of the major issues facing the agricultural community and explore the potential ways in which the council can offer support.

There will be a panel made up of local farmers and representatives from the National Farmers Union, North Devon Plus, Bloomfield Landsense, Exmoor Hill Farming Network, North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Partnership and Mole Valley Farmers. The panel is completed by Councillor Robin Milton.

Chair of North Devon Council's Policy Development Committee, Councillor Liz Spear, says: "Agriculture is such a vital industry for North Devon and it is important that we hear from those involved to recognise the challenges and opportunities the industry faces. We look forward to a positive and constructive discussion."

The special policy development committee meeting takes place in the South West Institute Development Building at Petroc on Thursday, 23 May at 6.30pm.

Questions from councillors to the panel and their respective answers will be available with the agenda from 14 May.