Rob Wise, NFU regional environment adviser

New challenge for NFU’s environment adviser

Saturday, December 1, 2012
10.59 AM

Farming is facing major environmental challenges but farmers are well-placed to meet them, saids NFU East Anglia’s new environment adviser.

Rob Wise (right) is looking forward to tackling key issues such as water quality, flood defence and agri-environment schemes.

“To be working on such issues for NFU members is very exciting at this important time of CAP reform and fiscal budget constraints,” he said. Farmers need to ensure government is prioritising their needs in food production, and beyond, and we have a really good story to tell on how farmers are delivering for the environment.”

He joins the National Farmers’ Union from the Country Land and Business Association, where he worked as a regional adviser. He grew up on his family’s arable farm in Cavendish, Suffolk, and studied agriculture at Newcastle University, before completing an MSc in agricultural economics at Michigan State University. Five years of policy work in Washington DC followed helping draft the 1990 Farm Bill.

In 1991 he returned to the UK as adviser to the director general at UKASTA, now AIC. In 1996 he went back to the farm, while continuing to work as a government relations adviser to agriculture sector clients.

“I’m delighted to be joining the NFU East Anglia regional team as environment adviser. My career has encompassed all aspects of agricultural policy, but over the years has focused more and more on environmental issues,” he said.

“I’ve also served as chairman of the NFU’s Stowmarket and Sudbury branch during this time, so I’m well aware of what is important to NFU members.”