National Farmers' Union elects first female president


The National Farmers' Union has elected Minette Batters as the first female president in the organisation's 110-year history.

Ms Batters, a Wiltshire beef, sheep and arable farmer who has also diversified her business into weddings and catering, was previously the NFU's deputy president.

She becomes the first woman to hold the top job at the organisation, which represents more than 50,000 farmers and growers in England and Wales, since it was founded in 1908.

The NFU announced the result from the organisation's annual meeting in Birmingham.