Recruitment Drive Brings Membership Boost

The latest recruitment drive by Scotland’s largest membership organisation for farmers, growers and crofters has brought in 57 new members to NFU Scotland and the number is still rising.

In late October, local secretaries, officeholders, members and head office staff set out to visit and recruit non-members up and down Scotland.  

Recruitment teams were most successful in Lothian and Borders and the North East with 17 and 15 new members recruited respectively in these parts.

The difficult weather has meant that some recruitment teams have been delayed and more recruitment activity is planned in the run up to the end of the year.

This year’s success follows last year’s highly successful ‘recruitment day’ in which more than 100 members joined.

NFU Scotland Chief Executive Scott Walker said:

“It is heartening and encouraging that, as we approach our Centenary year, NFU Scotland’s position as the respected voice of Scottish farmers, growers and crofters continues to grow.

“There is strength in numbers.  With more than 8,500 members, the views and opinions we give when representing all sectors of the industry and the farming community have credibility. Those views represent both the new and the established generation of Scottish farmers.

“While we work on European and national policy issues of huge importance to our industry, we also are uniquely placed to deliver a personal service to members with any individual problems they face.  That starts with having local secretaries based nearby, having regional staff on the ground and a head office team ready to get involved.  

“In the past 100 years, the Scottish agricultural industry has experienced some real highs and lows, and this year has simply highlighted the many challenges our industry will face, whether they be policy-led – like the current CAP Reform negotiations – or physical challenges like the weather we have endured in 2012.

“On all counts NFU Scotland has a role to play.  We have a structure that allows us to feed in and shape CAP Reform negotiations to ensure Scotland gets the right deal.  We can also work with members to provide them with help and support in difficult years, seek Government support where appropriate and ensure that Scotland keeps farming.

“Undoubtedly there are huge hurdles ahead, including climate change, maintaining targeted LFA support, the fight for the introduction of a proportionate penalty system and reducing red tape. We also want to shape the legislation that will introduce an adjudicator for our supermarkets and deliver more sustainable and balanced supply chains across all our sectors.

“NFUS is uniquely placed to make a difference to farmers, growers, crofters and their businesses and, with their growing support I am confident that Scottish food and farming has a bright future ahead.”

Notes to Editors

  • To gauge how difficult 2012 has been for members, NFU Scotland has issued a weather impact survey. NFUS members can view the survey  online at:


Contact Sarah Anderson on 0131 472 4108

Date Published:

News Article No.: 131/12

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