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About NFUS

At NFU Scotland, our purpose is to:

Promote and protect the interests of our members by influencing government, the supply chain and consumers in order to secure a sustainable future for Scottish agriculture.

Representing Farmers, Crofters and Growers

The organisation was formed in 1913 and is Scotland’s leading agricultural organisation representing 9,000 farmers, crofters, growers and other supporters the length and breadth of the country. NFUS works alongside its sister organisations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as other rural, business and consumer groups, to deliver on our purpose.

Keeping Members Informed

NFUS provides regular and accurate information on all major policy and legislative matters to help members keep on top of the main issues which affect their businesses.

Our fifty-two Group Secretaries are the local experts and the first point of contact for members.  For your nearest representative, click here.

NFUS is organised locally into 9 regions with 78 branches providing a focus for local activity.   Activity within the regions is supported by the work of the 9-strong membership team.

At our Edinburgh head office, we have a team of policy managers covering the main agriculture subject areas.   If you want to know the latest on any agricultural issue - and if you are a member - contact NFU Scotland on 0131 472 4000.

All members receive the Scottish Farming Leader, NFU Scotland’s monthly magazine.   NFU Scotland also sends out regular updates by Email and text message to members to ensure they have the most up-to-date information.   If you are a member and would like to receive this free service contact 0131 472 4000.

Political Representation

NFU Scotland is committed to promoting the interests of farming in Scotland.   That means listening to our members and developing policies which are promoted to government and others of influence to make sure that Scottish farmers are allowed to operate in a fair and equitable political environment.

NFU Scotland lobbies the Scottish Executive, MSPs and their committees to keep rural issues at the top of the political agenda and to make sure the farmers’ voice is heard.

We influence government policy at Westminister, taking the case for Scottish agriculture to MPs , the Cabinet and the Prime Minister.

Through our office in Brussels we get right to the heart of Europe where over €40 billion is allocated annually to the member states of the European Union under the Common Agricultural Policy.  NFUS fights for Scotland’s share.

Influencing Public Opinion

NFU Scotland has a very high public profile through its forceful and forthright defence of Scottish farmers’ interests.  We use this profile to tell the real story about farming through hundreds of radio and TV interviews each year.  We are widely respected as the voice of Scottish agriculture dealing with thousands of media enquiries every year.

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