Peter Kendall has been elected President of the National Farmers
Union of England and Wales.
The result was announced following a vote of council delegates
at the NFU Annual Conference in Birmingham.
Following the announcement Mr Kendall said: "Farming is
at a pivotal stage in its development, it needs a strong and
clear leadership. Representing all sections of a united industry
is vital. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead."
NFU Cumbrian County Chairman, Trevor Wilson, is one of the delegates
who had a vote. After the result, he said: "Peter has picked
up the gauntlet and I hope that he takes the NFU forward but
also keeps us united.
"He is an extremely dynamic man who is passionate about
taking agriculture into a new and exciting era."
Also voting on behalf of Cumbrian members was NFU Council Delegate,
Peter Allen, who reflected on a successful last two years for
the NFU under the leadership of Mr Bennett.
"Tim has done a great job and laid the sound foundations
for Peter Kendall to build upon," said Mr Allen.
"The NFU is in a far more democratic state now than it
ever has been and now we must move forward and make it even better
at representing its grassroots members."
Mr Kendall farms 620 hectares of combinable crops in East Bedfordshire,
in partnership with his brother Richard. He replaces incumbent
Tim Bennett who served as President for two years.
Meurig Raymond was elected Deputy President, he has held the
post of vice president for the past two years. Mr Raymond, 53,
farms 1,100 hectares in Pembrokeshire in partnership with his
twin brother. They have 600 dairy cows, with 300 followers. They
also farm beef cattle and 2,500 store lambs for fattening. There
are a further 600 hectares of combinable crops and 60 hectares
Paul Temple was elected Vice President. Mr Temple, 44, farms
380 hectares in Yorkshire with a mixture of combinable crops,
500 head of cattle and vining peas.
Outgoing President Tim Bennett wished the new office holder
team every success. He stressed that the NFU is the only organisation
capable of representing British farming and the need for all
the different sectors and interests in farming to be united behind
the new office holders.
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