RECOGNISING that agriculture is very much a family affair, NFU Scotland has launched a Family Membership, allowing members to add partners and children to their membership free of charge.

This means that everyone from the wife, husband, business partners and children can make the most of the benefits of being a member of the union – from attending meetings, receiving information by email and text, to being invited to events and giving their views and opinions. And of course, they can benefit from the many member discounts NFUS has with over 30 partners.

Current farming and crofting members can call 01314724000 to edit their membership from January 1, 2019. They can also log onto the union's website and make changes under the ‘my details’ section.

NFUS chief executive, Scott Walker, commented: “As a union we recognise that farming and crofting is very much a family affair with many businesses handed down through generations. It feels right that all the family in the business from partners to children can enjoy the benefits of NFUS as much as the named subscription payer.

“Their voice matters as much as the main person on the subscription and we want to recognise that. More importantly they can get access to all of this, and more, for no cost over and above the main membership subscription.

“This change will allow us as a union to build on the wide demographic that we represent and engage with all who are actively involved in the farming business. This will help to strengthen our voice when we go about our daily work of representing our members.

“When registering the details of family member, I would encourage you to check that your contact details that we hold are up to date. This means that you can receive up to date information in the way that most suits you.”