Matt Culley re-elected as NFU Crops board chair

09 March 2022

Combinable crops
NFU Crops board chair Matt Culley standing in front of a combine harvester

Find out about the re-election of NFU Crops board chair Matt Culley and James Cox as vice chair.

South East arable farmer Matt Culley has been re-elected as chairman of the NFU’s national combinable crops board. This will be Matt’s second term as national crops board chair. He grows wheat, barley and oilseed rape on his farm in Hampshire.

Gloucestershire farmer James Cox has been re-elected to support Matt as vice chair.

Looking forward to the next challenge

Matt Culley said: "I’m very happy and honoured that the board has put its faith in me for another two years.

"I thank all members on the board for their support over the past two years during what have been some incredibly trying circumstances and I now look forward to this next challenge."

Aims and objectives

"We need to maintain our underlying aims and objectives as a sector – the industry’s net zero ambition as an example," Mr Culley continued. "But everything we do will have to be done with sensitivity around it especially in the upcoming months."

It’s a challenging time and the board is looking at it from a pragmatic point of view.

"All the work we do around fertiliser, for instance, is going to have massive impacts in the next six months and is something we’ll have to be very aware of."

Challenges and opportunities

James Cox said: "Really pleased to have been re-elected and will continue supporting Matt and the crops team as I have done over the past two years.

"It’s a very challenging time at the moment but there are also opportunities. What we need to do is look for those opportunities in the future and provide support for the crops sector and wider industry."

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