The NFU is looking for proactive, ambitious and forward-thinking members to join our Horticulture and Potatoes board, helping shape future policies impacting our sector and representing members and their interests across the country.
A challenging 2021
With the combined challenges of COVID-19 and Brexit, alongside rapidly increasing costs, 2021 has been a significantly challenging year across the sector, truly testing businesses.
Over the year, your board and NFU team have prioritised labour, cost inflation, plant inspections, R&D funding and future productivity support, amongst many other things.
What the board will be focusing on
Moving into 2022, the board will look at a number of issues, including escalating the need for fair inflation across the supply chain.
They will also be supporting members to identify opportunities in moving towards net zero production, and continuing to seek an expansion of the seasonal workers scheme.
The board will be working to ensure the horticulture sector is appropriately recognised in funding schemes such as ELMS and the Farming Investment Fund, as well as securing a new horticulture scheme that will replace the EU Fruit and Veg Aid Scheme.
It’s a big challenge but an exciting time to get involved, so don’t miss your opportunity.
The NFU Horticulture and Potatoes Board consists of 12 appointed members, including an elected chairman, plus up to four additional co-options.
The board has a rolling process of annual appointments, and this year up to seven positions are available (four board members and up to three co-options).
Both board members and co-opted members can serve a two-year term of office and members can then stand for re-appointment.
For more information on the nomination and appointment process, please read our NFU Horticulture & Potatoes Board call for nominations 2022 - 2024 briefing document and download the MS Word nomination form.
The deadline for applications is Monday 14 February 2022.
Please note the first board meeting that members will be expected to attend is Tuesday 15 March 2022, to be held at NFU headquarters in Warwickshire.
To find out more on the work of the NFU Horticulture and Potatoes board on behalf of members, visit our Horticulture and potatoes sector pages.