Stow farmer and vet to stand for top NFU post in February poll

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STOW farmer Nigel Miller is one of five farmers putting themselves forward for the presidency and vice-presidency of the National Farmers Union.

Currently vice-president, Mr Miller, a livestock farmer and vet of Stagehall, Stow, has been nominated for the presidency in the February elections with fellow vice-president Allan Bowie, a Fife arable farmer.

Vice-presidency candidates include the environment and land use committee chairman Alan Crichton, from Dumfriesshire, combinable crops committee chairman John Picken, from Fife, and Invernesshire farmer and NFUS Highland regional manager Ian Wilson

NFU Scotland chief executive, James Withers said: “NFU Scotland remains a lead organisation in Scottish agriculture because of the time and effort that those who hold office – at branch, region or national level – are prepared to put aside for their fellow farmers.

“The candidates are standing for office at a hugely important time for the industry with CAP reform rapidly approaching and global developments that will have a real impact at home. Members need to listen to the candidates and decide who they want to lead the union over this crucial period.”

The Borders hustings will be at The Lodge, Carfraemill, on Monday, January 10, at 7.30pm. TheSouthern hopes to carry an interview with Mr Miller in next week’s edition.