Farm leader Peter Kendall plans to stay involved with the agricultural industry – despite standing down after eight years as NFU president.

Speaking to Farmers Weekly, Mr Kendall there were a number of positions he wanted to be considered for following a decade as an NFU officeholder.

But he ruled himself out of furthering his career in politics and said he wanted to avoid “jumping straight back into being flat out.”

Mr Kendall stands down as NFU president at the end of the union’s annual conference in Birmingham on Wednesday (26 February).

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“I would like to do something in some way for the farming industry – not political or cramping whoever succeeds me at the NFU  – but keeping involved in trying to make sure we grow British farming.”

 

A number of high-profile jobs are up for grabs this year – including the chairmanship of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).

The two-days-a-week apolitical role is currently held by Lincolnshire farmer John Godfrey. His as yet unnamed successor is due to take over in April.

Asked whether he had thrown his hat into the ring to become AHDB chairman, Mr Kendall would say only that it was a “vitally important job”.

“There are a number of issues I would like to be considered for,” he said. “I have to look at when they are becoming available – I don’t want to jump straight back into being flat out.”

More immediately, Mr Kendall said he wanted to spend more time with his wife and children, and on the family farm at Eyeworth, Bedfordshire.

He has also announced plans to raise money for farming charities by cycling more than 1000 miles between each of the NFU’s regional offices.

The sponsored ride will raise money for the Addington Fund, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Association, the Farming Community Network and Farm Africa.

Mr Kendall will set off on the ride later this year with Richard Whitlock, who is chairman of the 2015 Oxford Farming Conference.