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Norfolk farmers will discuss Brexit challenges and centenary plans at county NFU meeting

NFU deputy president Guy Smith will speak at the 2018 NFU Norfolk annual county meeting.

NFU deputy president Guy Smith will speak at the 2018 NFU Norfolk annual county meeting.

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Norfolk farmers will be celebrating the past while looking ahead to future challenges at the annual meeting of the county’s National Farmers’ Union (NFU) branch.

NFU deputy president Guy Smith will discuss the implications of Brexit and the government’s new Agriculture Bill at the meeting, being held on November 6 at the Easton and Otley College campus, outside Norwich.

Meanwhile, county chairman Tony Bambridge will outline plans for NFU Norfolk’s centenary year, which starts on December 3 with an event organised by the NFU’s South Norfolk branch at Lyng Farm in Garboldisham.

Copies of a magazine produced to mark the centenary will be available at the meeting as well. The magazine, compiled with the help of former EDP agricultural editor Michael Pollitt, includes key moments and photos from 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.

“I hope members will attend to hear what the NFU is doing on their behalf and make their views known on the issues we face.”

The meeting takes place in the Green Room at Easton and Otley College Sports and Conference Centre on Tuesday, starting at 7.30pm.

As well as hearing from tMr Smith, members will also have the chance to elect county representatives for the NFU’s regional commodity boards, covering livestock, dairy and combinable crops.

Suffolk’s annual county meeting is a breakfast meeting at the Cedars Hotel in Stowmarket, on Wednesday November 8, starting at 8am, featuring NFU vice president Stuart Roberts, who is also speaking at NFU Cambridgeshire’s annual county meeting later that day, at 1pm at Poets House, Ely.

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