Whether it’s producing the grain for a plethora of British food and drink products, or nurturing of the natural environment across swathes of the iconic British countryside – the UK arable sector has a brilliant story to tell.
The UK has some of the highest crop yields in the world, largely thanks to our maritime climate. To this end, the amount of crop from 1 hectare in the UK equates to that of 2 hectares elsewhere in the world. However, it’s not just food that the crops sector can provide. Wheat can be turned into bioethanol for use in biofuel, helping to power cars and drive towards our climate change targets. British farming has a role in tackling climate change and the NFU - which represents 55,000 British farmers - recently outlined its aspiration for net zero agriculture by 2040. This process also creates a very high protein animal feed. Crops such as oilseed rape create oil for cooking or can also be turned into biofuel for engines.