Spalding NFU introducing virtual meetings

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Sadly, it seems a part of modern life that we no longer have to, need to or want to, I am not exactly sure which, have as many face to face meetings as we once did, writes NFU Joint Agent Phil Ingleby.

This is also true of NFU meetings where we have seen the decline of the traditional monthly branch meetings in favour of more specific sector-led meetings. This is of course evolutionary as a result of time pressures that meetings bring and the speed in which we can now disseminate information using alternative methods. As a democratic organisation, which values the input of its members, especially when shaping future policy, this does create some complexities. We have therefore taken the decision locally to pilot the use of Skype at our county meetings to try and establish if this, or something similar, might play a role in our future communication package. Our first ‘meeting’ is October 18 where Ali Capper, the NFU Horticulture and Potatoes Board chairman, who is a grower from Worcestershire, will be dialling in at 7.30pm to discuss post-Brexit focus areas for horticulture including labour availability and trade arrangements. If you would like to be involved and help shape future discussions please email phil_ingleby@nfumutual.co.uk or contact the Spalding office.

Returning to tradition, the NFU is hosting a breakfast meeting at Kirton Holme as part of NFU Brassica week, on October 12 at 8am.

The speakers are Sam Nundy, Head of Trade Planning at Tesco and Emma Hamer NFU Senior Plant Health Adviser. Please email east.midlands@nfu.org.uk or call 01572 824 250 to book a place.