RED Tractor is running a series of informal drop-in clinics at markets across the country to help members get ready for when its revised farm standards take effect from November 1.

Farmers will be able to get more information and support on what is changing in the latest version of the standards and why.

A session will be held in Hexham on October 1.

Members of the Red Tractor technical team will share information with farmers and answer how they can comply with the changes and protect the reputation of British Agriculture.

It comes as part of a year-long campaign by the UK’s largest food and farming scheme to engage with members which agreed the new standards earlier this year.

Philippa Wiltshire, who heads up the technical team, said: “For the last year we have been attending virtual meetings and hosting webinars to bring members on a journey to aid their understanding of the latest version of our standards which come into effect from November 1.

“With many restrictions lifted, we are pleased to get on the road and meet with members face-to-face to provide support and guidance on the changes to our standards.

“Having an informal chat at market is just one of the ways members can get support and guidance from our team. They can also get help by visiting our assurance website, calling or emailing us with their queries, or by dropping us a message on social media.”

Red Tractor routinely reviews its standards every three to four years across all sectors to ensure its members farm in a way which meets the evolving expectations of consumers and market requirements, as simply as possible.

It is the UK’s largest food standards scheme, covering animal welfare, food safety, traceability and environmental protection.

More dates and locations are expected to be added soon.

Further information about the revised standards is available at: