NFU Scotland appoints new president
NFU Scotland (NFUS) has appointed Nigel Miller, a Borders farmer and vet, as its new president. The organisation has also appointed Allan Bowie and John Picken, both from Fife, as vice-presidents.
Miller has served as both vice-president and chairman of the Union’s Livestock committee over the last eight years and replaces Jim McLaren, who steps down from the presidential role after four years.
Miller said: “In taking on the role of president, I recognise the huge challenge and the crucial period that the Scottish industry is entering. For many of our producers, the shadow of a dysfunctional market hangs over many of them and much of the assistance we need as a sector is under threat as budgets are being stripped back.
“The key funding source for Scottish farming remains the Common Agricultural Policy and the debate around reform at a European level is building momentum. I firmly believe the Union has a pivotal role in moving us into a new and better era post-CAP reform in 2013.
“To have won the support of members to lead NFUS is a privilege and I now plan to give my energy to that whole process.”