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Big guns for NFUS agm

THE NFUS centenary AGM has attracted speakers from across the spectrum of UK politics.

The heavyweight line up of politicos scheduled to speak at the event includes Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson; Scottish Secretary Michael Moore, Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for rural affairs Richard Lochhead and Scottish MEP Alyn Smith. Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, will even put in an appearance, addressing an evening drinks reception, sponsored by brewery giant Tennents.

Inevitably, the event's agenda will be dominated by two issues of huge importance to Scottish food and farming – the ongoing CAP reform negotiations and the independence debate.

NFUS chief executive Scott Walker said: "As we celebrate 100 years of representation on behalf of Scottish farmers, it is fitting that we have secured such a strong line up of political speakers to address our AGM.

"No sooner are we likely to have secured a CAP agreement, and a Groceries Code adjudicator, than debate around Scotland's independence referendum in autumn 2014 will kick into gear. Many of our members may not yet have decided what they think about the issue and will welcome the opportunity to question politicians from the different parties."

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