Articles by Martin Kennedy

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Vice President's Blog - 10 July 2019

Appreciate us or lose us. That’s the message from Vice President Martin Kennedy as he uses his blog to highlight the uphill battle Scotland’s farmers and crofters are facing trying to continue to provide a public good while being met with constant pressure.



Vice President's Blog - 14 June 2019

Opening the farm gates to the public – I’ve got the bug writes Vice President Martin Kennedy.



Vice President's Blog - 19 April 2019

Writing in between spreading loads of lime, I believe Scotland is in a good place when it comes to soil health but we could do more writes Martin Kennedy.



Vice President's Blog - 8 March

Spread the word urges NFU Scotland Vice President Martin Kennedy.



Vice President's Blog - 13 December

Now that NFU Scotland's future agricultural policy roadshows are over, Vice President Martin Kennedy reflects on the responses that we have received back in from the many members who attended.



Vice President's Blog - 24 October 2018

Scotland’s iconic livestock industry is being brought more and more under the spotlight when it comes to its role in addressing climate change writes Vice President Martin Kennedy.



Vice President's Blog - 27 September 2018

When it comes to conservation and the promotion of biodiversity, farmers and crofters must be part of the discussion writes NFU Scotland Vice President Martin Kennedy.



Vice President's Blog - 7 September 2018

There is a burning issue with farm plastics. Vice President Martin Kennedy asks can you help?



Vice President's Blog - 28 August 2018

We are all now fully aware of the implications of the drought conditions we have just come through. Most livestock farmers are having to look at how they will get through the coming winter, it may be by having a ration planned out early enough or maybe looking at alternative sources of bedding and fodder to supplement what’s grown on the farm. Although many arable farmers are switching off the choppers on their combines, which is very much appreciated, there is still a real concern that supplies will be extremely tight going into the coming winter. One way or another the industry will pull together and get through this.



Vice President's Blog - 30 July

With the dry spell creating many issues across the country, Vice President Martin Kennedy found it very interesting when he ventured to Shetland last week to see how some of our farmers and crofters in more remote areas are being affected.


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Martin Kennedy

Martin Vice President of NFU Scotland and is a tenant farmer in Highland Perthshire and farms with his wife Jane and three daughters, Jillian, Katrina and Yvonne. They have 600 ewes and 60 cows on the farm rising from 800ft to over 2,500ft. Martin served two years as Highland Perthshire branch chairman, before representing East Central region on the LFA committee in 2009. Martin then went on to be vice chairman then chaired the committee for three years. He has served as Vice President of NFUS for two years and is currently sitting on his third.

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