New NFU president elected

Meurig Raymond has been elected as the new president of the National Farmers Union (NFU).

Raymond succeeds Peter Kendall, who stood down after eight years in office. The elected president is joined by a new officeholder team - Minette Batters, a beef farmer from Wiltshire, was elected as deputy president and Guy Smith, an arable farmer from Essex, was elected vice president.

Raymond is a mixed farmer from Pembrokeshire and previously held the NFU’s deputy president position for eight years. He said: “I’m extremely proud to be leading an organisation like the NFU and I’m grateful that the membership and NFU Council have supported me in the way they have.

“What has been achieved over the past few years has been phenomenal. We need to convince the policy makers, retailers, consumers and society of the importance of food production and British farming and that we, as farmers, can help to grow the rural economy.

“When you look back over our conference and see how much optimism and confidence there was for the Back British Farming campaign I think we have a really bright future.”

Batters is the first female national officeholder. She said: “It is a huge honour for me to be elected deputy president of the NFU. I’m delighted and I’d like to thank the South West region, which has been through such a challenging time, for its support. I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s up to us as officeholders to make sure our members get what they want.”

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