Scottish farmers’ union presidential candidates revealed

The final list of six candidates for next year’s National Farmers’ Union Scotland (NFUS) presidential elections has been announced.

The elections, which will take place at the Fairmont Hotel, St Andrews on Tuesday 10 February, will also decide on the vice-president positions.

Vice-presidents Allan Bowie and Rob Livesey, and Combinable Crops Committee chairman Andrew Moir are all standing for president; Livesey and Moir will also compete with Dumfries and Galloway regional chairman Andrew McCornick, Lothian and Borders regional vice-chairman Kelvin Pate, and Legal and Technical Committee chairman John Smith for the two vice-president posts.

Current president Nigel Miller will step down in February after serving for four years.

NFUS chief executive Scott Walker said: “For a membership organisation it is healthy to see so many people interested in taking on these posts. Our members will choose from a very strong field of candidates who will be the next president and vice-presidents of NFU Scotland.

“Whoever is elected will lead the organisation and represent Scottish farmers and crofters on issues that affect all land-based businesses in Scotland.

“From discussions with multiple retailers and the rest of the supply chain to influencing and shaping government legislation that originates from Scotland, the UK and Europe, those who take up office in February will operate on many fronts for the benefit of our members and the farming industry in Scotland.”

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