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30 Years of Service to the Tenanted Sector of Agriculture

The Tenant Farmers Association this year celebrates 30 years of specialist advice information and support to the tenanted sector of agriculture in England and Wales.

TFA Chief Executive George Dunn

TFA Chief Executive George Dunn

Formed in 1981 by a group of farmers who felt that the interests of tenant farmers were not being sufficiently represented by existing bodies, the TFA has grown to be the most significant advocate for the tenanted sector in agriculture.

TFA Chief Executive George Dunn said “No other body is able to give the dedication and focus to farm tenancy issues that the TFA provides. Every day we look at all issues through the eyes of the tenant farmer and ensure that tenants receive relevant advice and policy makers understand the implications for tenants which arise from the decisions they make.”

"In a typical year the TFA deals with over 4000 requests for advice from farm tenants through our dedicated team of head office advisers. We are greatly assisted by our long established Recommended Professionals Panel of over 65 individual land agents, accountants and solicitors spread throughout the country with whom we work closely to ensure that tenant farmers receive the best advice and the best professional service they need,” said Mr Dunn.

“We talk to tenant farmers every day of the week and for 30 years we have made it our business to make sure that the concerns of these tenants are expressed at the highest levels of Government. This includes when we are talking to county council smallholding estates about the management of their farms, the European Commission on CAP reform, Whitehall and Westminster on issues such as bovine TB, animal health and welfare, better regulation and of course the Single Payment Scheme,” said Mr Dunn.

“We also engage with all of the major rural landlords and their representatives to develop and maintain good landlord tenant relationships. It is essential that there is an ongoing dialogue to ensure the success of the landlord tenant system of agriculture into the long-term", said Mr Dunn.

“Looking back at 30 years of service it is clear that the TFA has achieved much. It will continue to use its focus, influence and dedication to ensure that the needs of tenant farmers are given due priority in the next 30 years and beyond,” said Mr Dunn.

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