A series of events are being planned to mark the 100 year anniversary of Staffordshire NFU starting with a celebration of farming and rural life in Stafford.
The county and some of its branches will mark the milestone anniversary with a plough service at Saint Mary’s Church, Stafford, on 12 January.
Farmers are urged to attend at 2pm followed by light refreshments in the church meeting room.
Farmer Graham Clay, who is heading up the county NFU’s centenary working group, said the union would also have a significant display area at Staffordshire Show set aside for memorabilia from individual branches, to celebrate and commemorate them.
He revealed a midsummer night black tie dinner would also be held on 21 June at the county showground as the main celebration.
A harvest festival, possibly at Lichfield Cathedral, and plans for the county annual open meeting are also being discussed to finish the centenary in style.
Mr Clay said: “I would ask members to put the dates in their diaries and look through their old photo albums, or files for any items that may be of interest for our display.
“We have this one opportunity to celebrate our centenary and together I am sure we can make it a really memorable year.
“Finally I would like to acknowledge and thank our county adviser Jeremy Lowe for the in-depth research and time he has already spent investigating the history of Staffordshire NFU.”
Records show that at a general meeting of the Staffordshire Chamber of Agriculture on 12 April 1919 the Staffordshire Organising Committee of the National Farmers’ Union was appointed.
The committee had its first meeting at the Swan Hotel, in Stafford, on Saturday 10 May, 1919.
In-coming Staffordshire NFU chairman Richard Bower, who farms at Penkridge, thanked those who had helped put events together and he urged members to show their support.
He said: “It is a huge honour to have been elected chairman of Staffordshire NFU branch, especially, in our centenary year, where we will be celebrating the work of the NFU and its members over the last 100 years.
“Obviously, this would not be possible without members help, our county advisers Jeremy Lowe, the NFU team and our group secretaries.
“In this milestone year it would be great to see as many Staffordshire farmers involved as possible in the celebratory events, here’s to the next 100 years.”