Re­tir­ing vice’s mes­sage

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

NFU Scot­land’s re­tir­ing vice pres­i­dent Gary Mitchell has used the Union’s blog to high­light that the sup­port and unity pro­vided by an or­gan­i­sa­tion like NFU Scot­land are a vi­tal tonic to the many chal­lenges faced by Scot­land’s farm­ers and crofters.

In his ses­sion at the AGM, Gary was due to dis­cuss more fully his rea­sons why he de­cided not to stand for vice pres­i­dent, the im­pact that a chal­leng­ing year in 2018 had on him per­son­ally and the value he got from the ex­ten­sive net­work of friends across all sec­tors and all parts of Scot­land es­tab­lished over the past decade at NFUS.

Gary wrote in his blog: “It’s very valu­able if you have a per­son you can phone out­side your area or lo­cal cir­cle, where you can seek in­de­pen­dent ad­vice or even talk about an is­sue you are strug­gling with. “To have a will­ing, lis­ten­ing ear at the other end of the phone is in­valu­able.

“In my time as milk chair­man, through the cri­sis in 2012, I re­ceived many calls from farm­ers with many con­cerns and some­times a lis­ten­ing ear was all that was re­quired. It is so im­por­tant to talk. Good men­tal health re­lies on it. We nat­u­rally want to feel part of our so­ci­ety or in­dus­try, and we all strug­gle at times with the fear of fail­ure.

“The two days I spent at the NFU Scot­land AGM, con­fer­ence and din­ner each year was a tonic for my men­tal health which was badly needed. I found 2018 a very dif­fi­cult year for var­i­ous rea­sons and, at this year’s NFUS AGM, I will be shar­ing some of my ex­pe­ri­ences at a per­sonal level on how I ar­rived at my de­ci­sion not to stand for vice pres­i­dent this year.”

For those at­tend­ing, Gary promised that his talk would be in­ter­ac­tive and all del­e­gates would re­quire a mo­bile phone. All will be re­vealed.

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