The survey found that 71% of farmer respondents are currently very or fairly positive about their business prospects, however, only 37% of those surveyed felt confident about their businesses once the UK leaves the European Union.
Some 49% of farmer respondents said their most pressing issues were related to uncertainty and volatility, in terms of business costs and farmgate prices, while other key issues included future trade regime (8%), labour supply/retention (8%) and cash flow/profitability (8%).
The survey also asked respondents whether they have changed anything to make their business more resilient ahead of Brexit. Around 39% of farmer respondents said they have taken steps, 23% have diversified their business and 17% have changed their farming practices in some way.
Adam Bedford, NFU’s north east regional director, said: “The importance of agri-food to Yorkshire is undeniable, but with huge change on the horizon, we wanted to take a snapshot for this, the last Great Yorkshire Show before Brexit, to see how the sector is faring, how it is preparing for change, and how we can help ensure the most positive business prospects as we enter the unknown.”