This week would have been show week. I’m of course talking about the pinnacle event in our farming calendar. The Royal Welsh Show, writes Bryn Francis.

Under normal circumstances thousands of us would have descended on Llanelwedd to enjoy the four day event - meeting up with friends and family, seeing and showing our prized livestock, enjoying glorious food in the food hall, cheering on the shearing competitions and so much more.

But, as we all know, 2020 had other ideas and things this year were a bit different.

We were therefore delighted to be a part of the virtual show and we applaud the show for its progressiveness in taking the event into the virtual world.

Throughout the week the Union hosted a variety of seminars, just like we would during the show and I hope many of you enjoyed the wide range of conversations that took place online, which included a seminar on recent developments in agricultural research, on food supply chains and production and what the pandemic has taught us and unlocking broadband and mobile connectivity in rural Wales.

One event that has established itself as an FUW-must-happen, is the conversation around mental health.

We made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Show in 2017 to keep the spotlight on mental health issues for as long as it remains a problem in rural communities.

Approaching the fourth year of awareness raising and doing everything it takes to help break the stigma, we are sticking to our promise.

Indeed, through platforms such as social media we are seeing many productive and positive conversations around mental health and much progress has been made.

However, more work still needs to be done to support farmers who are going through difficult times. I would urge anyone to remember that it’s ‘OK to not be OK’.