My diary

Richard Bower’s diary

My number one priority is farming. But I also prioritise the opportunity to listen to and to talk with farmers and others at meetings and discussions. I think it is important to bring something to the table whether that is my local NFU event, a head-to-head in Whitehall or a round table with other European farmer representatives in Brussels or Berlin.

I really enjoyed getting to so many farmer meetings during the 2018 NFU election campaign.

February 2018

Tues 6th – Representing UK farming at New Zealand High Commission, London, at Waitangi Day celebration.

Weds 7th – Chairing NFU Next Generation Policy Forum meeting with DEFRA “Farming for the Next generation”.

Thurs 8th – NFU Next Generation meetings in Brussels including with NFU Brussels team; European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) President; DG Agri; DBV german Farming Union; and Ross Gordon Agricultural Consultants.

Fri 9th  – Chairing NFU Mid Staffs Branch meeting with local MP Jeremy Lefroy.

Thurs 15th  – Day visits to Yorkshire farms and evening speaker at North East NFU young members’ social event.

Sat 17th – NFYFC Agri Steering Group meeting.

Sun 18th – NFYFC Council.

Tues 20th – Speaker at NFU Conference in Building Business Resilience session.

Weds 21st  – NFU Conference, AGM and Elections.

Fri 23rd – Chairing NFU Mid Staffs Branch Annual Dinner with guest speaker Alan Jagoe.

Weds 3rd – Fri 5th – Oxford Farming Conference

Mon 8th – Presenting at a Nottinghamshire NFU county meeting.

Tues 9th Jan – NFU leaving dinner for Welsh President Stephen James.

Weds 10th – NFU Policy Board.

Thurs 11th – Fri 12th – CEJA in Brussels.

Mon 15th Jan – Hosting NFU West Midlands Next Gen farm walk at Harper Adams

Tues 16th -Sunday 21st – World Farmers Organisation Conference in Berlin

Mon 22nd – Thurs 25th – NFU national hustings events: 8 regional meetings in 4 days

(22nd 10.00 South East, Surrey and 19.30 South West, Tiverton; 23rd 10.00 Wales, Llandrindod Wells and 19.30 West Midlands, Telford; 24th 10.00 North West, Skelmersdale and 19.30 North East, Darlington; 25th 10.00 East Midlands, Oakham and 14.00 East Anglia, Newmarket)

Mon 29th – Tues 30th – NFU Council, presenting an update of Next Gen.

January 2018