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Three seek top Scottish farming union post

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Image caption Nigel Miller is stepping down as president having served in the position for four years

Three candidates are seeking election to the post of president of the National Farmers Union Scotland.

Borders farmer Nigel Miller has reached the end of his term having served in the position for four years.

Current vice presidents Allan Bowie, from St Andrews, and Rob Livesey, from Melrose, have confirmed they will stand for election on 10 February.

They will be joined by combinable crops committee chairman Andrew Moir, from near Laurencekirk.

Mr Livesey and Mr Moir will also run for vice presidents along with Andrew McCornick, from Wigtown, Kelvin Pate, from near Gifford, and John Smith who farms on the Kintyre peninsula.

Members of NFU Scotland's council - a body made up of representatives from each of the union's 73 branches - will select the successful candidates.

There is still time for others to put forward their names, with nominations closing on 12 December.

NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker said: "Our members have a choice from a strong field of candidates on who will be the next president and vice presidents of NFU Scotland.

"Whoever is elected will lead the organisation and represent Scottish farmers on issues that affect all farm-based businesses in Scotland."

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