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Three candidates vying for two vice-presidential NFU Scotland positions

NFU Scotland will have a vice-presidential election at its annual meeting in February with three candidates vying for two positions.

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Three candidates vying for two vice-presidential NFU Scotland positions

Martin Kennedy, a Farmers Guardian columnist and one of the two current vice-presidents is standing for re-election.

 

He will be joined in the contest by livestock committee chairman Charlie Adam and combinable crops committee chairman Ian Sands.

 

The position of president is not being contested, with current incumbent, Dumfries beef and sheep farmer Andrew McCornick the only candidate standing.

 

He has completed a two year term.

 

The presidential position is held for two years with any one person permitted to serve a maximum of two consecutive two-year terms.


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Those elected to the position of vice-president initially serve for two years before the post reverts to an annual election.

 

The other current vice-president, Stranraer dairy farmer Gary Mitchell, has decided not to stand for re-election after serving for two years.

 

A series of hustings meetings around the country will take place in January, giving members the opportunity to hear from all candidates.

 

The election will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow on February 8.

The vice presidential candidates:

 

Charlie Adam, Braeside, Leochel-Cushnie, Alford, Aberdeenshire – Brought up on the family tenanted farm on Deeside, Mr Adam went into business on his own account in 1982. He farms 335 acres with some seasonal fields also taken. He grows 130 acres of spring barley for malting and runs a 100 cow spring calving suckler herd. He has been Livestock Committee chairman for the past five years.

 

Martin Kennedy, Lurgan , Edradynate, Aberfeldy – Mr Kennedy is a tenant farmer in Highland Perthshire with 600 ewes and 60 cows. He chaired the Less Favoured Area committee for three years before becoming a vice president in 2017.

 

Ian Sands, Townhead, Balbeggie, Perthshire – Mr Sands farms in partnership with his father and son. Townhead is a 375 acre arable farm with combinable crops and land let out for peas, potatoes and carrots. The family also contract farm another 1600 acres. He has been chairman of the Combinable Crops Committee for four years.

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