Union in membership drive

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the National Farmers Union Scotland is launching a countrywide recruitment drive to add to its more than 8,500 membership. This move follows similar initiatives in both 2011 and 2012.

The union is celebrating its centenary, but the focus of the recruitment drive will be on how it will use its influence and knowledge in shaping big issues such as the forthcoming common agricultural policy reforms.

Union subscriptions director Ashley Handy yesterday said: “This last year has encapsulated all that NFUS stands for. We have been at the heart of Brussels, Westminster and Holyrood to shape important reforms of the CAP.” She added that the union had also been helping those businesses compromised by the extreme weather as well as ensuring that those starting out in the industry had a voice.

“Having a strong membership means our representations are taken seriously because of our credibility in representing the views of the whole farming community across all sectors – both the new and the established generation of farmers, growers and crofters,” she said.

“The challenges and opportunities around farming and food production in this country means farmers need to be well represented.”