FARMING chiefs are inviting MPs and farmers to throw their weight behind Back British Farming Day, to help celebrate the UK farming industry.

Now in its fifth year, the iconic day will provide a focus to celebrate British farming values and highlight its importance to the UK economy. The National Farmers Union (NFU) will be reminding politicians that British food and farming contributes over £120 billion to the UK economy each year and employs four million people.

This year it 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 has been 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.

All MPs are being 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 (Wednesday, September 9) and to post a photograph of the badge quoting what farming means to them, on Twitter, using #BackBritishFarming.