The NFU represents more than 46,000 farming and growing businesses. Our purpose is to champion British agriculture and horticulture, to campaign for a stable and sustainable future for British farmers and to secure the best possible deal for our members.

We strive to protect and promote British farm life and give our members a voice now and in the future.

We lobby to make change where change is needed most. Our job as the voice of British farming is to ensure that our members' businesses can thrive in the years ahead. Using our invaluable in-house technical experts at our headquarters in Stoneleigh, and our offices at the heart of Westminster and Brussels, we ensure that farming is never off the political agenda.

We pride ourselves on delivering that same campaigning expertise at a local level because we know what it means to be a farmer and understand the challenges and opportunities of running an agricultural business. With seven regional offices and NFU Cymru; 50 expert local advisers and over 380 NFU representatives across England and Wales, we have built crucial local connections to ensure we can make a difference with our members.

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