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|Full name||National Farmers' Union|
|Members||55,000 Farmer and Grower members, 34,000 Countryside members|
|Key people||Officeholders 2020 - 2022: Minette Batters, President; Stuart Roberts, Deputy President; Tom Bradshaw, Vice President; Terry Jones, Director General.|
|Office location||Agriculture House, Stoneleigh Park, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, England, CV8 2TZ|
|Country||England and Wales|
The National Farmers' Union (NFU) is a member organisation/industry association for farmers in England and Wales. It is the largest farmers' organisation in the countries, and has over 300 branch offices.
On 10 December 1908, a meeting was held in an ante-room at the Smithfield Show to discuss whether a national organisation should be formed to represent the interests of farmers. The outcome was the National Farmers' Union (NFU).
The first President, Colin Campbell, worked to get new branches off the ground, encourage membership and establish the NFU's credibility with Government, at a time when farming was going through the longest and deepest depression in its history, as imports of cheap grain and frozen meat flooded in from abroad.
At the 1918 general election, the union ran six candidates, none of whom were elected. In 1922, it sponsored three unsuccessful candidates under its own name, and four successful Conservative Party candidates. It again sponsored Conservative candidates in 1923 and 1935, but has not done so since.
|Barnard Castle||Octavius Monkhouse||1,274||10.0|
|East Norfolk||William Benjamin Taylor||1,926||12.3||3|
|Hertford||Edmond Broughton Barnard||7,158||38.8||2|
|Leominster||Ernest Wilfred Langford||2,870||17.4||3|
|Richmond (Yorkshire)||William Parlour||4,907||33.2||2|
Barnard was also sponsored by the National Party.
|Howdenshire||H. J. Winn||7,021||39.5||2|
|Rutland and Stamford||E. Clark||4,471||20.3||3|
Blundell, Bruford, Lamb and Shepperson stood for the Conservative Party.
All candidates stood for the Conservative Party.
Both candidates stood for the Conservative Party.
Two candidates were sponsored and elected for the Conservative Party.
Known as 'The Voice of British Farming', the NFU states that it "champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its Farmer and Grower members."
The NFU is governed by its Constitution and Rules. Under the Constitution and Rules the NFU shall maintain a number of bodies, which are responsible for the Governance of the NFU. These include NFU Council, Governance Board, Policy Board, National Commodity Boards, Regional Commodity Boards, an Audit and Remuneration Committee and Legal Board and Regional Boards.
NFU Cymru is based at the Royal Welsh Showground in Builth Wells.
Categories: Agricultural organisations based in England | Business organisations based in England | Organisations based in Warwickshire | Organizations established in 1908 | Farmers' organizations | 1908 establishments in England | Agricultural organisations based in Wales