As part of his regular programme of visits to and contact with local farmers and the NFU, Sir George spent a morning at Northington Farm in Overton, with the Chairman of the Hampshire Branch of the NFu, James Crosbie Dawson, and Chris Allen, who farms on the Earl of Portsouth's estate.
"It was good to be brought up to speed on local farming issues, a number of which I am pursuing with Ministers. There is a clear view that the 20 day standstill rule is unsustainable and should be reduced to something more realistic, such as 6 days."
There is also concern about the prohibition on on-farm burning, with no idea about how this is going to be enforced."
Sir George said there were fewer and fewer mixed farms left, and Northington Farm was a good example of a family run mixed farm. "However, I was left in no doubt that it is getting more and more difficult to earn a living on the land, let alone getting a decent return on capital."