NFU deputy president Peter Kendall has officially announced that he has decided to stand for the position of union president.

Mr Kendall stressed his decision to let his name go forward did not mean there was a major split between him and Tim Bennett. 

“This was an an enormously difficult decision as I get on well with Tim and work well with him. But I will stand as I think we should offer Council a choice of a different style,” he said.

“Tim’s style is to work behind the scenes and he is very good at that. But I think we should have someone within the industry who is more visibly championing productive agriculture.”

Some NFU members have indicated they would like to see the NFU take a much more aggressive stance, but Mr Kendall said championing agriculture was not the same as shouting.

“I think we should be forming alliances with other groups so we can do some smart lobbying, rather than look like angry farmers,” he said.

“We share some ground with most of the environmental groups on some issues.”

On the issue of supermarket dominance, Mr Kendall said pursuing a tougher statutory code of practice was union policy.

But he felt the way forward was also to champion the good behaviour shown by retailers such as Waitrose and Marks and Spencer.

  • For more detail of Mr Kendall’s views see Farmers Weekly out on Fri, 3 Feb.