Shape the future of NFU Crops – join the national board

12 April 2022

Combinable crops
A closeup of barley in a field

Join the NFU Combinable Crops Board as a new appointee and share your expertise and knowledge of the sector.

The NFU Combinable Crops Board is looking for new appointees. Arable producers are facing unprecedented challenges at present: volatile global markets, exponential fertiliser, fuel and energy price increases, and the biggest overhaul of farm support since the Second World War.

Now more than ever your combinable crops board needs forward-thinking English and Welsh farmers to champion the concerns of grower members.

Four new appointees

The board is looking for four farming members as appointees for a two-year term. Ideal candidates will have expertise in one or more of theses areas:

  • Arable supply chains including marketing and co-operative groups.
  • Non-conventional farming systems – including regenerative, organic and other novel practices, including new crop grazing techniques.
  • Net zero and low carbon agriculture.
  • Integrated farm management – delivering a rounded approach to managing pests, diseases and weeds.
  • Applied crop/soil research and on-farm innovation.

Wide-ranging agendas

Board agendas and workstreams are wide-ranging and applicants must demonstrate a sound understanding of the combinable crops sector alongside current policy and trade issues which affect combinable crops members on the ground.

A willingness to connect with NFU membership across the regions is essential. All applicants must be active grower/farmer members of the NFU.

Six meetings a year

Successful candidates will secure a two-year term on the board and will be expected to attend six meetings a year, either virtually, at Stoneleigh Park, or other locations across the regions.

This would be alongside the NFU Conference and other sector events. Attendance at government or stakeholder meetings, either virtually or in person, will also be required from time to time.

In return you will receive an honorarium, paid monthly, and reimbursement of reasonable expenses.

Apply now

Interested members should email Allie Hesketh, NFU Combinable Crops adviser, at [email protected] with an up-to-date CV and covering letter.

Your cover letter should set out the skills and experience you would bring to the board (particularly referencing those listed above) and why you would like to be involved with the board.

Please mark all emails relating to your application with the subject 'Combinable Crops Board Appointees'.

Closing date

The closing date for applications is Sunday 8 May 2022 at 11pm.

Interviews will take place with a selection panel virtually on Monday 16 May.

The successful appointees will be expected to attend the NFU stand at Cereals on Wednesday 8 June – Thursday 9 June (tickets will be provided).

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