National Farmers Union of England and Wales

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Full name National Farmers' Union
Founded 1908
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.[1]

The NFU is registered as an association of employers under the 1974 Trade Union and Labour Relations Act. In 2000 it founded Assured Food Standards who administers the Red Tractor Scheme.


The NFU states that it "champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its Farmer and Grower members."[2]

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 and Legal Board and Regional Boards.[3]

The NFU has an office in Brussels, Belgium to represent the interests of British farmers to the European Union.

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.


The archives of the NFU are deposited with the Rural History Centre at Reading University.[4]


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  1. ^ "History of the NFU". NFUonline. NFU. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "About Us". NFU. Retrieved 16 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "NFU Democratic Structure". NFUonline. NFU. Retrieved 17 April 2015. 
  4. ^ Chris Cook, The Routledge Guide to British Political Archives: Sources Since 1945 (Routledge: 2006), p. 345.

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