David Michie has joined NFU Scotland as its policy manager for crops, taking over from Peter Loggie who retires in early April.

Mr Michie will be responsible for all things arable, including cereals, potatoes, vegetables, and soft fruits.

Having worked in the agricultural sector for almost 20 years, David brings a wealth of experience to the role. He grew up on his family’s all-arable farm in Aberdeenshire, which produces malting barley as well as oilseed rape and other cereals for the feed market, and worked there for a few years after leaving agricultural college.

He has held a number of roles in a range of organisations including in agricultural consultancy for SAC Consulting, and as associate director of farming and land use for Soil Association Scotland.

Looking at his new role with NFUS, David commented: “I’m coming to the union at a time of significant change amidst a fast-paced and exciting policy landscape. We are starting to get an idea of what the implications of Brexit and coronavirus could be in the longer term.

“We are also seeing a clear prioritisation of environmental issues, particularly climate change, not only from governments but increasingly from the supply chain, financial institutions, and the public.

“There will be significant challenges for the arable, potato, soft fruit and horticulture sectors going forward, and I am looking forward to getting to grips with these big issues by working with the membership to turn potential challenges into opportunities. There’s plenty for me to get stuck into!”

Union director of policy, Jonnie Hall, commented: “With Peter’s impending retirement in early April, we’ve known for some time that we had a challenge to successfully fill a role that Peter had made his own over many years of dedicated and meticulous service to NFUS and its members. He will retire with our warmest wishes and appreciation.

“Ahead of that, David joins us and will add significant value to our renowned team of policy professionals. I have no doubt that David will pick up from where Peter leaves off and the intentional overlap between the two will ensure continuity in the interests of our combinable crops, potatoes, vegetables, and horticulture members.

“David brings with him significant experience from the world of policy advocacy combined with a deep practical insight into the issues and challenges facing arable producers in Scotland. In particular, David’s understanding of the economic and environmental pressures on Scotland’s growers will ensure the union continues to deliver effective lobbying across all arable interests and beyond.”