A NEW environment and land use adviser from Chalton between Petersfield and Clanfield has joined the team at the Petersfield-based NFU South-East, the leading trade association for farmers and growers.

Isobel (Izzy) Budden hails from a family farm at Chalton, and has a consultancy background in the financial sector.

The return to agriculture with the NFU came after she completed a masters degree at UCL, focusing on agri-environmental policy.

She said: “I am excited to join the NFU at this critical time of transition for agriculture and when the industry is working towards net zero by 2040.

“I believe the NFU environment team is ideally placed to support farmers now the industry is facing immense pressures, seemingly from every angle.

“We are currently questioning water companies over their plans for resilience and urging them to make farm businesses and animal welfare a priority during times of interruptions to supplies, and ensure agriculture is represented in longer term water resource planning.”

Izzy’s family farm, Netherley Farm Partnership, produces cereals and oilseed rape, and in her spare time, Izzy cares for her two retired horses and dog walks with friends.