Livestock Farmer Elected New NFU President
Bennett, a 50-year-old livestock farmer from Carmarthenshire in
Wales was today elected as the new President of the NFU.
Deputy President, Tim was voted in by the organisation's ruling
body, the NFU Council, on the second day of the NFU's annual conference
and AGM held in Birmingham.
was born and brought up in the West Midlands, where, on leaving
school in Worcestershire, studied agriculture at Seale Hayne Agricultural
then worked in France and Herefordshire before moving to South Wales
in 1978, to farm in partnership with his wife, Susan and two children,
James, 26, and Victoria, 24.
run a 200-acre grassland farm in a Less Favoured Area, 12 miles
from Carmarthen, and are currently establishing a beef suckler herd
after diversifying from milk production last July.
his first speech as NFU President, Tim said: "We are proud
of our industry, our safe food, and the wonderful countryside that
key to this, we must ensure that our passion for what we do as farmers
is really understood by our consumers, so that British farmers remain
their preferred supplier of food.
we succeed in this, retailers and government will have to listen
to us. There are many things to be done, and the NFU is the only
organisation that can really make a difference."
career highlights include NFU Deputy President for six years, county
chairman of Carmarthenshire in 1988, and chairman of the Less Favoured
Areas Committee from 1993 to 1998.
has also served on the NFU's Livestock Committee and the Finance
and Organisation Committee, sits on the NFU Council, and is Chairman
of the NFU Policy Board.
is also a member of the Agricultural Land Tribunal, a Governor of
the Institute of Grassland and Environmental Research, and a member
of the Estate Advisory Committee of the National Botanic Garden.
Bedfordshire farmer Peter Kendall (43), was elected to the position
of NFU Deputy President. A graduate with a degree in agricultural
economics, Peter farms 620 acres of combinable crops.
had been actively involved in the arable industry as a past director
of the Arable Research Centre and former member of the HGCA's British
Cereal Exports and Crop Marketing Advisory Boards.
is married to Emma who works in marketing for a food ingredients
company. They have three young children.
beef and arable farmer Meurig Raymond from Pembrokeshire was elected
to the position of NFU Vice President. Meurig, (51) is married to
Hilary and has three children.