Top Ministerial Line Up for NFU Scotland AGM and Conference Next Week

Online #NFUS2021 to include Secretary of State for Scotland Alister Jack and Cabinet Minister for Rural Economy Fergus Ewing

NFU Scotland has secured a top political line up for its AGM, elections and conference, being held next week (10, 11 and 12 February).

In these exceptional times, NFU Scotland has put in place arrangements to allow it to hold these important events in the Scottish farming calendar online and the exciting three-day programme for the conference, officeholder elections and AGM is now available to view at:

On Thursday, 11 February at 2.15pm, farmers and crofters are invited to join the Secretary of State for Scotland, Rt Hon Alister Jack MP.  The Minister will make a short speech before joining NFU Scotland’s President Andrew McCornick to take questions on the opportunities for Scottish agriculture under the new Trade and Cooperation Agreement with the EU.  This is a key opportunity for members to discuss how farmers and crofters can grow Scotland’s trading prospects as a land of food and drink with the UK Government.

On Friday, 12 February at 1pm, members are invited to hear from Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing MSP.  Mr Ewing will give his annual address to members and then take questions in what has been a traditional close to proceedings at the NFUS AGM and conference.  

To register a place at any of the planned sessions for the AGM, conference or elections, members are invited to click here:

President Andrew McCornick said: “In a year like no other, it is hugely important that key events in Scotland’s farming calendar go ahead. The twin challenges of rebuilding trading links with the EU and creating new trading opportunities worldwide are essential to the future fortunes of our farming, food and drink sectors.  Driving forward our ambitions as producers is set against the economic backdrop dominated by the impact of Covid-19, making our role central to the nation’s green recovery.

“These two seminars give farmers and crofters the very best opportunity to see and hear from our leading politicians on their vision for the future.”  

Notes for editors

  • Other highlights for NFU Scotland’s AGM, elections and conference include:
    • Wednesday 10 February 2021 - Webinar 1pm to 2pm with Tim Smith, Chair of the Trade and Agriculture Commission which will shortly deliver its report to the Secretary of State on the trade policies the Government should adopt to secure opportunities for UK farmers.
    • Thursday 11 February 2021 - Webinar 12pm to 12.45pm: Annual General Meeting which will see Andrew McCornick give his final ‘State of the Union’ address as President, having completed his four years in office.  
    • Thursday 11 February 2021 - Webinar 1pm to 2pm:  Presidents of the four UK Farming Union’s will discuss the future for agriculture across Great Britain & Northern Ireland examining the impact of Brexit, Trade Deals and diverging decisions on future agricultural policy between the nations.  After giving his final address as President, Andrew McCornick will join Minette Batters, NFU; John Davies, NFU Cymru and Victor Chestnutt, UFU for this exciting panel session. 
    • Friday 12 February 2021 - Webinar 12pm to 12.45pm: Election of President and Vice Presidents.  Tension will be high when the elections for NFU Scotland’s President and Vice President posts will be held. 
  • To register a place at any of the planned sessions for the AGM, conference or elections, the media are invited to click here:


Contact Bob Carruth on 0131 472 4006

Author: Bob Carruth

Date Published:

News Article No.: 18/21

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