fARMING Union chiefs have called on newly elected MEPs to listen up to their agricultural communities.

The National Farmers Union which represents 75,000 farms across the UK have called on MEPs to understand the challenges farmers face.

In a joint statement with fellow NFU leaders, Scotland President Andrew McCornick said:“The newly elected UK MEPs will take their seats in the European Parliament in July and it is crucial they recognise the significant role they will play in shaping the policies that impact on farming businesses.

“We would like to invite all UK MEPs onto farms in their local areas to discuss a range of priority issues and to answer any questions that they might have.

“Our industry faces a number of challenges over the coming years, not just in relation to Brexit but on issues such as climate change, environmental policy, plant protection and animal health and welfare.

“There will also be opportunities for farming, and we must ensure that we make the most of these opportunities to build a forward-looking, progressive and resilient sector."