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Farming and land use

How important is farming to the East Riding?

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.

  • Food and drink;
  • Ports and logistics;
  • Environmental industries;
  • Cultural industries/tourism.

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)

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How does the council work with the farming sector?

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: 

  • business growth and diversification, the council has a specialist rural advisor. For further information contact your local rural business support team;
  • the long term future of farming, the councils rural policy and partnership section works to support farmers through its rural partnership which regularly responds to government and European consultations;
  • landlord, the council has a number of farms and small holdings which are let to tenants on long term leases. View further information about council property for sale or rent;
  • the council has a wide range of service areas that interact with farming and food business, from planning to food services.
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What business support does the council offer the farming sector?

The council has a specialist rural enterprise advisor responsible for working with the farming community and local planners to help them with business growth and diversification.

For further information please use the general enquiry form on the right hand side of the page.

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)

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How does the council help protect the long term future of farming?

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.   

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