The NFU council has voted to retain the NFU’s officeholder team for another two years.
Meurig Raymond has been re-elected to serve another two-year term as NFU president, with Minette Batters and Guy Smith both returned to their previous positions alongside him.
In an election decided by the NFU council at the end of the union’s conference and AGM in Birmingham, Mr Raymond comfortably held off the challenges of Mrs Batters, his deputy president for the past two years, and Cumbrian farmer Alistair Mackintosh.
But Mrs Batters prevailed in the race for the deputy president post in a contest with vice president Guy Smith, Mr Mackintosh, Yorkshire farmer Rosey Dunn and livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe.
Mr Smith was also re-elected to his position of vice president as the NFU council delivered a vote of confidence to the officeholder team.
Mr Sercombe, Mrs Dunn and Devon farmer Anthony Rew also contested the vice president election.
Mr Raymond, who was first elected to the role in 2014, having served eight years as Peter Kendall’s deputy, said he was ’delighted’ the officeholder team had been returned.
Alistair Driver speaks to NFU president Meurig Raymond about his plans for his next two years in office and what he really thinks about the EU referendum.
"That to me says the membership has a lot of confidence in us as a team. Now the challenge is for us to deliver and help return this industry to profitability," he said.
Mr Raymond cited Europe, the National Living Wage and the roll out of the TB strategy as among the other big issues on the team’s agenda.
Mrs Batters, who was bidding to become the first female president of the NFU in its 108-year history, congratulated Mr Raymond.
She said the NFU council had given the whole team a ’strong mandate’ for the next two years.
"Farming has been going through some really challenging times recently and I’m looking forward to serving another term serving.
"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.”
Mr Smith said: "I have enjoyed working with Minette and Meurig and look forward to working with them again in what undoubtedly will be very challenging and busy times for the NFU."
"I’m grateful for the vote of confidence from Council and I look forward to the challenge. It’s when times are tough that our members need a strong and effective NFU the most."