Also re-elected alongside Raymond at the NFU’s conference in Birmingham this week were: deputy president Minette Batters, a livestock farmer from Wiltshire, and Essex farmer Guy Smith, as vice president.
Raymond will lead the NFU for another two years. After his re-election, Raymond said: “I’m extremely proud to be re-elected as president of the NFU and I’m grateful that the membership and NFU Council have supported me in the way they have.”
‘Policy makers, retailers, consumers’
The NFU boss added: “We need to build on what has been achieved over the past two years and convince the policy makers, retailers, consumers and society of the importance of food production and British farming and that we, as farmers, can help to grow the rural economy.”
Batters said: “Farming has been going through some really challenging times recently and I’m looking forward to serving another term. I’ve always said the NFU is a game-changer for British farming and I look forward to playing a part in this over the next two years.”
Smith added: “It’s when times are tough that our members need a strong and effective NFU the most.”