the voice of British farming
- The NFU was founded in 1908 and is financed by members’ subscriptions. We are not affiliated to any political party and have a completely democratic structure. See our Who’s Who list here.
- Today, our trade association is the largest farming organisation in the UK, providing a strong and respected voice for the industry and employing a team of 500 staff to support the needs of its members locally, nationally and internationally … (about 1/2).
About 2/2: … Among its many strengths is its unique network of local offices and advisers, co-funded by NFU Mutual (Insurance, Pensions, Investments), meaning NFU members are never far from one of our representatives.
NFU Mission Statement:
- The NFU champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its Farmer and Grower members.
History – Supporting farmers for over 100 years:
- On December 10, 1908, a meeting was held in an ante-room at the Smithfield Show to discuss whether a national organisation should be formed to represent the interests of farmers. The outcome was the National Farmers’ Union.
- Its first President, Colin Campbell, worked tirelessly to get new branches off the ground, encourage membership and establish the NFU’s credibility with Government, at a time when farming was going through the longest and deepest depression in its history, as imports of cheap grain and frozen meat flooded in from abroad.
- From those modest and difficult beginnings, the NFU has grown to become one of the most effective and respected trade associations in Britain.