The National Farmers Union (NFU) invited MPs and farmers up and down the country to throw their weight behind Back British Farming Day, to celebrate the farming industry.

Now in it's fifth year, Wednesday, September 9, was billed to provide a focus to celebrate British farming values and highlight its importance to the UK economy.

Back British Farming is the NFU’s public-facing campaign, driving support for the British food and farming sector through simple actions like buying British produce, enjoying the countryside responsibly, and spreading the word with friends and family.

As part of its campaign the NFU said British food and farming contributes over £120 billion to the UK economy each year and employs four million people.

This year's celebration gives farmers an opportunity to promote British farmers commitment to high production standards, building on the success of the NFU's food standards campaign which was backed by over a million people.

This autumn will be a critical time for British food and farming as the Agriculture Bill returns to the House of Commons to be passed into law and trade negotiations continue with countries across the world.

There has never been a more important time to highlight the crucial role farmers play in feeding the nation and caring for the countryside, the NFU said.

MPs were invited to show their support for farming by wearing a wool and wheatsheaf pin badge in the Palace of Westminster on Back British Farming Day.

Farmers were encouraged to share why they're proud to produce food for the nation and keeping the nation fed on social media.