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NFU Scotland celebrate centenary

NFU SCOTLAND will be holding a series of regional events to mark its centenary in 2013.

The union has also established a Centenary Trust to ensure celebrations in 2013 leave a legacy for the next 100 years.

The Trust will be funded by the activities that take place throughout 2013 and via a voluntary contribution from each member. Due to its 'robust' financial position, union subscriptions for 2013 are being frozen at 2012 levels, but each member has been asked to voluntarily donate £25 into the Trust.

In its first year, the Trust will be supporting the following three causes:

- To get as many children as possible to visit a farm in 2013;

To educate farmers, employees and their children on health and safety in the countryside with a special emphasis on children's safety;

- To assist in bringing forward a meaningful apprentice programme that supports farmers and their employees.

Chairman of the Centenary Trust and NFUS Treasurer George Lawrie said: "The group of farmers from the west of Scotland who met in the Religious Institution Halls in Buchanan Street, Glasgow, on October 1 1913 set out with the vision of giving Scottish farmers a unified voice.

"I am sure our founders, when gazing down from on high, are proud of what the Union has become and what it has achieved for our industry. We go into our 100th year with a stable membership, a sound financial footing and despite the real challenges of 2012, we have made progress.

"On celebrations, our 2013 AGM and dinner at St Andrews in February will be the perfect launch to an exciting year and it is proposed that each region will hold its own fundraising event during 2013.

"By way of a legacy, we have established the NFUS Centenary Trust. The Trust will be funded by the activities that take place throughout 2013 and via a voluntary contribution from members.

"All our members – past and present – can be proud of what our Union has achieved in both the past century and the past year and what it hopes to achieve in the year's ahead. Our members remain the key part of that intense effort."

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