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Here is the weekly Word on the Ground column, this time by NFU South Holland branch senior group secretary Phil Ingleby...

Lord Plumb, who died recently at the age of 97, is widely recognised as one of the NFU’s greatest presidents.

He served throughout the turbulent period of the 1970s, which included Britain joining the European Union, or EEC as it was then, as well as providing challenge and oversight to issues surrounding the Common Agricultural Policy.

Phil Ingleby (56395725)
Phil Ingleby (56395725)

Following his term with the NFU, he was elected as an MEP for the Cotswolds, and rose to become the first and only British President of the European Parliament.

Current NFU President Minette Batters paid tribute to a “truly remarkable man,” stating: “His impact on British farming during a career in agriculture and politics that spanned decades cannot be underestimated. His passion, dedication and hard work on behalf of our industry was an inspiration to me and to many others.”

Such adulation made me wonder in years to come how we will look back on the current president, who is the first female president of the NFU and is widely acclaimed to be its most competent leader of the modern era.

Her current four year tenure has ironically seen, in contrast to Plumb, Britain leave the EU and a new set of debates post CAP during the ‘Agricultural Transition Period’ which runs between 2021 and 2027.

There are many matters still to attend to in this defining period, which need a strong voice, and I am confident Ms Batters will use her own version of the qualities of her predecessor to help shape future policy for the good of the industry.



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