NFU Scotland is now taking nominations for its next president and two vice presidential posts.

It comes as one of the incumbent vice presidents – Stranraer dairy farmer Gary Mitchell – has announced he does not intend to stand for re-election.

The election for these key positions within Scottish agriculture will take place at the union’s council meeting at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow on Friday, February 8, 2019.

The union’s AGM and annual dinner will be staged at the same venue the day before (Thursday, February 7).

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

The presidential position is held for two years with the president able to 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.

Current presidential team

Current president Andrew McCornick, who farms in Dumfriesshire, will complete his first two-year term at the AGM and has indicated that he will be standing for election for a second two-year term.

Vice president Martin Kennedy from Highland Perthshire, who was first elected to the position in 2017, has indicated that he will be standing for re-election as vice president.

Gary Mitchell from Stranraer, who was first elected to the position of vice president in 2017 has indicated that, after much consideration, he will not be standing for re-election.

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 close of play on Wednesday, 12 December 2018.

Walker said: “The job of electing those who will fill our presidential seat and the two vice presidential posts during one of the most exciting and challenging times for Scottish agriculture is now underway and we invite applications from those keen to shape our post-Brexit farming industry.

In the run-up to our annual general meeting in February 2019 – taking place in Glasgow – we will be holding a number of hustings across all of our regions early in the New Year.

“This will give all candidates the opportunity to speak to as many of our members as possible as we approach the elections.

“I would ask that if anyone is planning to run for either president or vice president that they contact me, so the Union can provide support where possible.

“Making our wide network of branches and offices aware of all candidates will maximise the opportunities available to them to speak to the membership first-hand.”