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North East

Lorna Paterson

Lorna Paterson

As we enter the unknown world of post-Brexit, there will no doubt be additional challenges, but also, opportunities, awaiting. Change is a constant. NFU Scotland needs to adapt and change the way we operate in this region too. We will be upping our game in terms of communicating with the public, the younger generation (both farming and non-farming) and seeking to remove many of the myths associated with our industry.

With the increase in campaigns to promote negative stories about the healthiness of red meat; derogatory, non-factual information about our animal welfare standards and environmentally unfriendly farming practices, we need to play a far greater part in educating the world with factual and unemotional truths about our industry. We all need to do this quickly, smartly and collaboratively as an industry and at every opportunity.

In the North East, we will be hosting more meetings of relevance to your business this year, in addition to regular Policy Monitor meetings. This includes more ‘legal’ orientated events, as well as interacting and engaging with the Women in Agriculture meetings. We are very lucky in the North East, we have so many women running or being involved in businesses and already doing amazing things on their respective farms, or in agricultural related industries. We need to engage with you more, and also those who would like to get more involved in the Union and create a platform for engagement.

Please make full use of your Union. From head office staff, the Presidential team, as well as local branch, commodity and regional chairs need to know about your opinions and gripes, so please get in touch.

Keep in touch and all the very best for 2019.

Lorna Paterson
Tel 07786 860453
E mail: lorna.paterson@nfus.org.uk

 

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