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Former NFU president joins Forage Aid as charity helps farmers battle shortages

Former NFU president Meurig Raymond is to join the board of trustees at farming charity Forage Aid.


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Mr Raymond, who stepped down from the union in February said it was a privilege to join the charity.

 

“It is an important charity that supports farmers and farming families affected by extreme weather events. I am honoured to be working with such a dedicated group of people,” he said.

 

Mr Raymond will be joined by Neil Wilson, head of agriculture at HSBC UK Bank.

 

Forage Aid was founded by Lincolnshire arable farmer Andrew Ward following extreme weather events in Somerset and the South West in 2013.

 

Mr Ward said: “These are two key appointments to strengthen the breadth, depth and geographic coverage of Forage Aid as we look to the future.

 

“Meurig and Neil are well known and well-connected across the country and will help us to continue to push forward with our charitable objectives.”

 

Other trustees include Andrew Ward, Edward Ford, Rebecca Horsington, Jennifer and James Winslade, Tom Hind, Michael Buchan and Edward Roach.


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The charity said it was facing a challenging time, with many farmers reeling from the effects of the wet spring and recent drought.

 

Mr Ward added: “The challenges for the industry are growing daily at the moment and Forage Aid are heavily involved in trying to ensure forage and straw are available through our work with the NFU on the fodder bank scheme and we are also fundraising and on the lookout for donations that we could call on if required.

 

“Any support from the industry is gratefully received and we would love to hear about it.”

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