Farming matters: New county man for NFU

Tom Cackett is the new county adviser for the NFU in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, working from an office at Milton Common.
Tom Cackett, NFU county advisor for Berks, Bucks & OxonTom Cackett, NFU county advisor for Berks, Bucks & Oxon
Tom Cackett, NFU county advisor for Berks, Bucks & Oxon

He has relocated from his home town of Redbourn to live in Little Milton.

He said: “I’m busy meeting NFU members as there is a lot going on in farm policy at the moment, particularly with the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy and HS2 looming large.

“My role involves facilitating engagement between the NFU and MPs, local authorities, the police and a myriad of other stakeholders.

“So I look forward to ensuring our members’ opinions are heard by decision makers. My location also means that I shall be able to pursue my keen interest in livestock and drop in to the sales at Thame Market!”

Tom previously worked for Strutt and Parker for almost three years as a farming consultant where he provided estate and farm management advice to clients across Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. A large proportion of his time was allocated to managing a 2,500 acre estate in Hertfordshire, comprised of a farming operation, residential and commercial portfolios and a renewable energy installation.

Tom said: “With a general election imminent, we’re making candidates aware that farming and food production contribute £97.1 billion to the UK’s economy, provide 3.5 million jobs in the food chain and produce 60 per cent of the nation’s food. The NFU’s manifesto asks for a supportive future government that can clearly show its commitment to our most essential of industries.”