The presidential candidates

9 January 1998




The presidential candidates

BEN GILL

Home Farm, Hawkhills, Easingwold, nr York.

Farming 146ha (360 acres) of cereals, sugar beet, sheep and beef. Also diversified into grain storage and contracting.

Age: 47

Took over the farm in 1978

Started attending NFU branch meetings 1979; elected branch (Easingwold) chairman early 1980s and to the county executive 1981.

Member of national marketing committee, 1984.

Elected to NFU council 1985, and appointed to the cereals committee and the livestock and wool committee.

Became vice-chairman livestock and wool committee, 1986.

1987 – elected livestock chairman.

Elected NFU vice-president 1991.

1992 – became deputy president.

CHALLENGES FOR THE NFU:

Getting the beef ban lifted.

"To remain relevant to the changing needs of members in an increasingly competitive arena. To that end, we have to service those needs to ensure farmers survive to best effect."

Three major issues:

&#8226 CAP reform, coupled with WTO talks.

&#8226 Enlargement of the EU.

&#8226 Anticipating and addressing world food market needs and non-food production needs.


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