As I tap away at my computer, rain is lashing against my office window as Storm Barra whistles through and I am reminded that few industries are affected so heavily by the weather as farming.

That lack of control applies to input and output prices too with most farmers forced to accept prices that don’t fairly reflect their cost of production.

As inflation drives up input and labour costs in 2022, the widening gap between cost of production and farm income will put pressure on farm business margins.

Some commodities are enjoying strong prices but exponential rises in input costs are intensifying financial challenges.

In such turbulent times it is so important that the government gets it right on new farm support policies.

Farmers want to deliver more for the environment but schemes need to recognise the cost involved and to make sure that every land area in Wales is fairly rewarded.

New environmental land management policies should offer farmers an economic return and there is urgent work needed to ensure that they do.

There must be a new economic model for the Welsh countryside which drives genuine value back into our land and which delivers on climate change mitigation and environmental enhancements.

Welsh farmers have the security of a full Basic Scheme Payment for 2023 but the year ahead will be one of massive change for farmers in Wales.

There is reason to be upbeat though.

We have young and enthusiastic young farmers who see nothing but great opportunities for Welsh farming, for new trade and for the role of farming in the climate solution.

There are developments that will allow incremental gains, to reduce emissions by a few percentage points, but there are also some really big gains to come, such as developments in the feed additive sector that could reduce emissions by up to 90 per cent.

Farmers will play a key role in mitigating the impact of climate change and will continue to provide nutritious food, take care of the environment and protect habitats and wildlife.

For all those reasons, farming is special and unique and deserves to be recognised as such in future government policy.