The National Farmers Union (NFU) Scotland is now taking nominations for the positions of president and its two vice-presidential posts.

The election for these key appointments within Scottish agriculture will take place at the union’s council meeting at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on Friday, February 10, 2023.

The union’s AGM and annual dinner will be staged at the same venue the day before (February 9).

Any NFU Scotland member can be nominated for election, providing they are proposed and seconded by fellow NFU Scotland members.

The presidential position is held for two years, and a president can serve a maximum of two consecutive two-year terms.

Under the terms of the constitution, those elected to the position of vice-president will initially serve for two years before the post reverts to an annual election.

Members of NFU Scotland’s council – a body made up from representatives of each of the union’s 73 branches – will select the successful candidates from the nominations.

Current president Martin Kennedy, who farms in Highland Perthshire, will complete his first two-year term at the union’s forthcoming AGM and has indicated that he will be standing for election for a second two-year term.

Vice-president Andrew Connon from Aberdeenshire and vice-president Robin Traquair from Midlothian, who were first elected to the positions in 2021 have indicated that they will be standing for re-election as vice -presidents.

Anyone wishing to stand as president or vice-president should contact NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker to obtain a proposal form, which must then be signed and returned to him by 5:00p.m on Monday, December 12.