Explains how important farming is in the East Riding, how the council works with farming, business support available, how the council is protecting the long term future, information about producing woodfuel and anaerobic digestion.
Agricultural land makes up 90 percent of the land area within the East Riding and the council has a highly developed sense of the farming sectors continuing importance in shaping the area that is the East Riding.
Although at face value in economic terms the agricultural sector contributes a relatively modest 2-3 percent of the area's economy and employment, it provides the raw materials and the farmed landscape backdrop that underpins a number of key clusters that strengthen the area's economic identity.
For more information please click on the link below to view the recent Stage 2 Importance of Agriculture and Land Management to the East Riding of Yorkshire report.
Stage 2 Report (pdf 1.8mb opens in new window)
The council supports farmers across a number of departments, functions and levels, and, although these interactions vary enormously, they generally fall into one of these categories:
The council has a specialist rural enterprise adviser responsible for working with the farming community and local planners to help them with business growth and diversification.
In addition to the business support services offered by the council there are independent sector led organisations that may be able to help you, such as the Country Land and Business Association, National Farmers Union and Driffield Agricultural Society.
Country Land and Business Association (external website)
National Farmers Union (external website)
Driffield Agricultural Society (external website)
The council's rural policy and partnerships team responds to government and EU consultations relating to farming, including the recent reform of the common agricultural policy (CAP), which are of great significance to agricultural businesses in the East Riding.
Representatives of the farming industry are also members of the East Riding of Yorkshire Rural Partnership, which is co-ordinated by the council, to ensure that the council is fully aware of the latest developments in the farming industry.