Already dismissed the idea of applying? Deputy news editor Isabel Davies explains why you should consider putting yourself forward as a candidate 

Farmers have just the weekend left if they wish to apply to become a member of the sector companies which will decide how levy money is spent in the future.

The closing date for applications to sit on one of the six sector company boards that will form the new Levy Board UK is Monday (21 May).

Robert Newbery, NFU senior food chain and farm policy adviser, said it was really important that people put themselves forward for the positions.

“These are new bodies and we need the right people on them to represent each sector. In particular, there is a need for some younger, new faces to put themselves forward.”

Tim Bennett, board chairman of the dairy sector company, said he was conscious that people had been form-filling in recent weeks so might have delayed an application.

“What I want to be sure of is that we have enough applications so we can select a good board,” he said.

“This is a fresh opportunity for farmers to get involved and there will be a completely new approach. We are looking for people who can contribute to making sure that levies are spent in way that helps to make the industry more profitable.”

Sector company board members will be expected to work about two days per month and will be paid £250/day.

A DEFRA spokesman refused to comment on speculation that the number of applications received so far had been low. Although DEFRA was still encouraging people to apply, it was not looking to extend the deadline beyond 21 May, he said.  
Cereals and oilseeds.
Beef and Lamb (in England).
Pigs (in England.


At this late stage an on-line application is probably the easiest option (reference DEF7039). Alternatively, call 0870 240 3802 and quote the same reference number.

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