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A surprise third candidate has joined the current two vice-presidents in the contest to be NFU Scotland’s next president.

The union’s combinable crops committee chairman Andrew Moir has declared his intention to stand for election alongside vice-presidents Rob Livesey and Allan Bowie.

The current incumbent Nigel Miller will stand down in February after serving the maximum four years in office.

Although Mr Moir, who farms in Aberdeenshire, has not served as a vice-president, he is well known in the industry as chairman of AgriScot, chairman of Ringlink Scotland and Ringlink Services. He also sits on the board of HGCA.

Rob Livesey, a tenant farmer from the Scottish Borders, has been a vice-president for the past two years and was previously livestock committee chairman.

Mr Bowie farms in north-east Fife and has been a vice-president since 2009.

Both Mr Moir and Mr Livesey will also run for vice-president. Other contenders include Andrew McCornick, Dumfries and Galloway’s regional board chairman; Kelvin Pate,vice-chairman of the Lothian and Borders regional board and John Smith, chairman of the Legal and Technical Committee.

Others wanting to enter the ring have until 12 December to submit their proposal forms. Elections will place at the union’s council meeting at St Andrews in February.

NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker welcomed the competition for the positions.

“For a membership organisation it is healthy to see so many people interested in taking on these posts,” he said.