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Year of special events as NFU celebrates Norfolk centenary

January 2, 2019 by  
Filed under News & Business

Norfolk farmers are celebrating the past and looking to the future as the NFU’s county branch marks its first 100 years.

A series of events to commemorate NFU Norfolk’s centenary started on 3 December with an event organised by the NFU’s South Norfolk branch at Lyng Farm, Garboldisham. A special 28-page publication has also been produced, compiled with the help of former Eastern Daily Press agricultural editor Michael Pollitt.

It includes key moments and photos from the NFU Norfolk’s 100 year history, interviews with long-standing members, a look at how one Norfolk estate has changed over the past century and the thoughts of young farmers on the future of farming.

NFU Norfolk county adviser John Newton said: “This is a pivotal moment for the NFU in Norfolk, marking 100 years of the county branch at a time when a strong voice for farming has never been more important.”

NFU Norfolk county chairman Tony Bambridge, said the union still had a vital role to play – campaigning for farmers as well as educating the wider public about the role of agriculture.

“We are governed, and the population is influenced, by a generation far removed from the land. We need to explain to them how farmers manage the land and habitats, while growing food for an ever-increasing population.”

Farmers also have a wider role to play, says Mr Bambridge. “We will be called upon to help mitigate the effects of climate change. The move to the digital age and the unrelenting march of technology will provide many challenges and great opportunities for our industry.

“The need for a strong NFU will continue, to ensure farmers are not disadvantaged, are rewarded fairly and are able to work within a regulatory and fiscal framework that will allow us to thrive in the years ahead.”

A celebratory pageant will take place at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, organised with Norfolk YFC. A special annual county meeting will take place at the John Innes Centre on 1 November, the anniversary of the first annual county meeting in 1919.