Farm safety also remained on our agenda throughout the year, with the FUW continuing its efforts to highlight best practices through the Wales Farm Safety Partnership, farm safety events and our ongoing dedicated farm safety page in this publication. I sincerely hope that through continued awareness raising we will see a definitive drop in farm accidents and fatalities in 2019.
This year also saw the launch of the FUW Academy, (see picture on page 2), an initiative to deliver engaging, informative and practical events across Wales for the union’s younger members. Our county offices have done a fantastic job in arranging farm tours, a trip to the JCB factory, arranged discussion opportunities with politicians and much more as part of the initiative. It has gone from strength to strength, and I look forward to many more events of this kind next year. If you have missed them this year – there will be plenty more in 2019.
Meanwhile, the essential day-to-day work of assisting members with forms and appeals, and providing a host of other key services has continued, and we remain indebted to our county office staff for continuing to provide members with assistance which secures and saves them literally hundreds of millions of pounds each year.
Such services will remain at the heart of the FUW’s work as a grass-roots organisation, and I look forward to seeing many of the changes implemented in the past year enhancing such front-line work in the coming years. Rest assured that in the coming year the FUW will continue to be at the forefront of the fight to protect the interests of Wales’ farming families and rural communities, while holding to account those who gave assurances and made promises to the industry ahead of the EU referendum.
I would like to thank all our staff and officials for their continued effort and hard work throughout the year and each and every one of our members, who through their membership and support, contribute to a stronger, more successful voice for Wales’ agricultural industry. Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2019 to you all.