Meurig Raymond has been elected the new President of theNational Farmers Union.
Mr Raymond, a mixed farmer from Pembrokeshire, succeedsPeter Kendall who stood down from the role after eight years in office. MinetteBatters, a beef farmer from Wiltshire, was elected Deputy President and GuySmith, an arable farmer from Essex, was elected Vice President.
Mr Raymond, who had been the NFUs Deputy President for thelast eight years, said: Im extremely proud to be leading an organisation likethe NFU and Im grateful that the membership and NFU Council have supported mein the way they have.
What has been achieved over the past few years has beenphenomenal. We need to convince the policy makers, retailers, consumers andsociety 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 muchoptimism and confidence there was for the Back British Farming campaign I thinkwe have a really bright future.
Ms Batters, who is the NFUs first female nationalofficeholder, said: It is a huge honour for me to be elected Deputy Presidentof the NFU. Im delighted and Id like to thank the South West region, whichhas been through such a challenging time, for its support. Im looking forwardto the challenge. Its up to us as officeholders to make sure our members getwhat they want.
Mr Smith said: Im really looking forward to working withMeurig and Minette. I have a passion for explaining our industry better tonon-farming industries and I hope this role will give me the opportunity to dothat more.