The CLA today (28 April) set out its vision for agricultural reform in Europe through its manifesto for the European Parliament elections.
In Enabling the Countryside to Thrive, the organisation is making practical recommendations to improve the rural economy ahead of the elections on 22 May.
CLA President Henry Robinson said: “From the economy, to the food we eat, to the environment we live in, the EU affects us all. Our manifesto calls for widespread reform to enable the UK countryside to thrive.
“Rural businesses matter. They provide jobs and generate income. However, poor infrastructure and technology is a major frustration that undermines their growth.
“MEPs need to recognise the specific needs of these businesses so that issues such as poor broadband do not stifle the rural economy.”