National Farmers Union of England and Wales
|Full name||National Farmers Union|
|Key people||Sir Peter Kendall, president|
|Office location||Agriculture House, Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England, CV8 2TZ|
|Country||England and Wales|
The National Farmers Union (NFU) is a member organisation/industry association for farmers in England and Wales. It is the largest farmers organisation in England and Wales, and has over 300 branch offices.
The National Farmers Union was begun by a group of nine Lincolnshire farmers and, as the "Lincolnshire Farmers Union", held its first meeting in 1904. By 1908 they were called the National Farmers Union and were meeting in London. During the Second World War, the NFU worked hand in glove with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to ensure food security. Rationing continued after the war and it is a measure of the NFU's influence at that time that the Agriculture Act 1947 committed the government to undertake a national review of the industry every year in consultation with the NFU.
The close relationship between the NFU and the MAFF continued until New Labour reformed the MAFF into the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) in 2001, and indeed the MAFF was sometimes called the "Political wing of NFU". Defra is seen as more independent, although the NFU does remain a powerful and effective lobbying body that wields considerable influence in proportion to the industry's economic value. This arrangement could be described as an iron triangle.
The NFU states that it "champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its Farmer and Grower members."
It negotiates with the government and national organisations on behalf of English and Welsh farmers.
The NFU is closely associated with the insurance mutual company NFU Mutual, also based in Warwickshire.
NFU Cymru is at the Royal Welsh Showground at Builth Wells.
- North West - Skelmersdale, Lancashire
- North East - Dringhouses, York
- West Midlands - Telford, Shropshire
- East Midlands - Uppingham, Rutland
- South West - Exeter, Devon
- South East - Petersfield, Hampshire
- East Anglia - Newmarket, Suffolk
- National Farmers Union of Scotland
- Ulster Farmers Union
- British Agriculture Bureau - its base at Brussels
- Country Land and Business Association
- Farmers' Union of Wales
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs