National Farmers Union of England and Wales
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|Full name||National Farmers Union|
|Members||55,000 Farmer and Grower members, 34,000 Countryside members|
|Key people||Meurig Raymond MBE, President; Minette Batters, Deputy President; Guy Smith, Vice President; Andy Robertson, Director General.|
|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.
On 10 December 1908, a meeting was held in an ante-room at the Smithfield Show to discuss whether a national organisation should be formed to represent the interests of farmers. The outcome was the National Farmers Union (NFU).
The first President, Colin Campbell, worked tirelessly to get new branches off the ground, encourage membership and establish the NFU’s credibility with Government, at a time when farming was going through the longest and deepest depression in its history, as imports of cheap grain and frozen meat flooded in from abroad.
From those modest and difficult beginnings, the NFU has grown to become one of the most effective and respected trade associations in Britain.
The organisation celebrated its Centenary in 2008.
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 governed by its Constitution and Rules. Under the Constitution and Rules the NFU shall maintain a number of bodies, which are responsible for the Governance of the NFU. These include NFU Council, Governance Board, Policy Board, National Commodity Boards, Regional Commodity Boards, an Audit and Remuneration Committee, Legal Board and Regional Boards.
The NFU is closely associated with the insurance mutual company NFU Mutual, which is also based in Warwickshire.
NFU Cymru is based at the Royal Welsh Showground in 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 in Brussels
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- NFU Mutual