Join the NFU Combinable Crops Board – apply to be an appointee member

03 April 2024

A closeup of barley in a field

Forward-thinking English and Welsh arable growers are needed by the NFU to help champion the cause of the combinable crops sector.

UK combinable crops growers continue to face unprecedented challenges.

From the uncertainty over plant protection products to the impact of SFI on arable rotations, the combinable crops sector is facing a period of significant change.

On top of this, growers are competing in a supply chain that lacks transparency and are facing unprecedented weather conditions that are having a drastic impact on farm business profitability.

In order to complement and balance the existing range of skills and expertise on the combinable crops board, the NFU is looking to appoint farmer members as appointees to the national board.

In particular, the board is seeking experience on:

  • data
  • fertiliser
  • organics, and
  • precision breeding.

Who can apply?

Applicants should be active arable growers with a good understanding of the sector, be forward thinking and have strong communication skills.

Board agendas are wide ranging and potential applicants must demonstrate a sound understanding of the policy and trade issues affecting the combinable crops industry, as well as a willingness to connect with the wider NFU membership.

What to expect

Successful candidates are appointed for two years and will be expected to attend six meetings a year, typically at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire or our London office.

Attendance at other supply chain, government or NFU meetings as a representative of the board will 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 contact the NFU’s combinable crops team at [email protected] with an up to date CV setting out your experience, skills and interests, along with a personal statement on what you would bring to the board.

You should clearly mark any correspondence, including your application, with the wording ‘Combinable Crops Appointee’ in the subject line.

Closing date

The closing date for all applications is Wednesday 17 April 2024 and candidates may be invited to an interview with the selection panel.

Interviews will take place the week commencing 22 April via Microsoft Teams. If successful, the first board meeting you would be required to attend is on Wednesday 22 May 2024.

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